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Living a Toxic-Free Life

Taking a sip of water. Walking your kids to school. Biting a red apple. None of those activities should include the word “toxic.

Every human deserves to live their lives without fearing they may be consuming toxic chemicals or could be seconds away from a chemical disaster.

The production, trade, use, and release of toxic synthetic chemicals are a threat to human health and the environment everywhere. Still, the industries that produce and release toxic chemical compounds find ways to persist, often with little or no testing, safety requirements, or understanding of the impacts of their behavior.

Greenpeace internationally campaigns to protect people and ecosystems from the dangers of toxic chemical exposure particularly those working at chemical facilities and communities living near these dangerous facilities. We monitor industry’s actions on the ground, keep the public informed about risks, perform direct interventions at pollution sites, and advocate for major change in legislation and corporate policy.

Find out where more than 400 high-risk chemical plants are located.

And we are making progress every day. Consumer products are less toxic. Companies and countries are beginning to responsibly handle mountains of electronic waste. And we support  communities across developing countries to protect their soil, water, and advocate for safe working conditions.

Take action today! You can help prevent a toxic disaster in your community by signing our petition to President Obama.


The latest updates


Chemical Industry Puppet or Homeland Security Advisory Committee?

Blog by Rick Hind | December 3, 2010 3 comments

Today is the 26th Anniversary of the Bhopal Disaster . Twenty-six years later, we are still storing tons of hazardous chemicals on-site in U.S. chemical facilities, including the toxic chemical released in Bhopal that killed thousands...

Is YOUR life in the hands of Congress?

Blog by Rick Hind | November 21, 2010 4 comments

Just this month, a man drove barreling through the gates of a chemical plant in Texas, shouting, “We’re all gonna die!” before slamming his SUV into an 18-wheeler. On the very same day, one worker was killed and another injured by...

First, Reduce Our Electronic Waste

Blog by Renee Blanchard | November 15, 2010

A couple weeks ago Greenpeace released our 16th version of the Guide to Greener Electronics , and we've seen a lot of progress in creating greener electronics products since we first released the Guide in 2006. Today is America...

Chemical Disasters are not Unstoppable

Blog by jdeans | November 12, 2010 2 comments

Like explosions? Like to squirm in suspense? Like loud engine sounds? Like witty quips? Ever heard that dangerous chemical rail cars roll through neighborhoods around the country? Well, you might just need to go see Unstoppable ,...

The Story of Electronics has just been released

Blog by Renee Blanchard | November 9, 2010 1 comment

The US based Story of Stuff Project has just released their next film, The Story of Electronics . It cleverly explains how the electronics industry ‘design for the dump’ instead of ‘design to last’ practices are hurting our...

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