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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.

 

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A Little Story About the Monsters In Your Closet

Publication | January 13, 2014 at 23:00

A new investigation by Greenpeace has found a broad range of hazardous chemicals in children’s clothing and footwear across a number of major clothing brands, including fast fashion, sportswear and luxury brands.

A Little Story About a Monstrous Mess

Publication | December 16, 2013 at 11:00

Greenpeace has investigated the hazardous chemical residues present in children’s clothing. A set of 85 clothing items from Zhili Town of Huzhou in Zhejiang Province and Shishi in Fujian Province - two large production bases for children’s...

Greenpeace Security Inspection Report

Publication | September 8, 2010 at 9:55

According to Dow’s own reports to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Risk Management Program, its Texas Operations in Freeport, TX puts 130,000 people at risk due to the bulk use and storage of phosgene gas, a compound used as a...

Greenpeace security inspection report -- Keuhne Facility

Publication | June 22, 2010 at 9:39

According to the Kuehne Chemical Company’s own reports to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), its South Kearny New Jersey facility puts 12,000,000 people at risk in the New Jersey-New York City area due to the bulk storage of 2 million...

Guide to Greener Electronics - Version 15

Publication | May 26, 2010 at 9:36

In this version, Toshiba and Samsung all received penalty points for backtracking on their public commitments to eliminate toxic substances from their products. Meanwhile HP, Apple, Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Acer are by making PVC and BFR free...

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