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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


West Virginia Water Crisis

Video | March 6, 2014 at 9:35

Ten days after a toxic chemical spill by Freedom Industries in Charleston, WV local residents are still struggling to find clean drinking water. Grassroots organizing groups like The West Virginia CARE Campaign and the West Virginia Clean Water...

Dirty Laundry: China's Poisoned Water

Video | July 13, 2011 at 11:17

We're challenging Nike and Adidas to champion a toxic-free future. Learn more about our Detox campaign

Real Chemical Security Now!

Video | July 27, 2010 at 10:29

Greenpeace activists conducted citizen inspections by land, water and air -- issuing a failed inspection report to DuPont for failing to fully secure two of its chemical facilities in Delaware and New Jersey against terrorists or catastrophic...

Give Earth a Hand

Video | July 20, 2010 at 12:30

This fragile Earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs you.

Can You Out Run A Chemical Catastrophe?

Video | July 17, 2010 at 14:35

Greenpeace takes 24 to a whole new level with more heart-pounding suspense and fast-paced action. Think you can outrun a chemical catastrophe? Think again!

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