Creating a world free from harmful toxins in our environment and in our lives
We all deserve to live our lives free of the harmful impacts of toxic chemicals. Whether by pushing for safer chemical plants or detoxing the clothing we wear every day, we’re working towards a toxic-free future for all.
© Les Stone / Greenpeace
Toxic chemicals have no place in our homes, our clothes, or our food. And yet there they are, polluting our water, air and soil and threatening our health.
Toxic emissions from chemical plants, waste dumped into our water sources, and the chemicals in our clothing are all unseen but serious threats to our well-being. For the one in three Americans living in close proximity to hazardous chemical facilities, the threat of a major disaster looms large.
Protecting people from the harmful impacts of toxic chemicals is key for the health and safety of communities everywhere. That’s why we’re fighting locally and globally to remove toxic chemicals from the lives of millions.
The Time Is Now to Stop Chemical Disasters
Roughly 110 million Americans live, work, and go to school in a potential chemical disaster zone. 466 chemical facilities each threaten more than 100,000 Americans, and at least one in every three schoolchildren attends school near a chemical facility. There have been more than 355 chemical incidents since the fertilizer explosion in West, Texas in April 2013 that killed 15 people and injured more than 200.
But the solutions for safer chemical facilities exist, and we can achieve them without sacrificing jobs. As of 2010, 554 chemical plants have changed their practices, swapping in safer chemicals and adopting new safety procedures. Thousands of facilities, however, still lag behind.
Our goal is to protect all communities from the preventable horror of a chemical disaster.
In the wake of the West, Texas disaster, President Obama issued an Executive Order in 2013 directing government agencies to improve safety regulations at chemical facilities and prevent chemical disasters. We’re pushing the EPA to act now to make sure that new rules protecting workers, nearby communities and first responders are implemented as soon as possible.
The multibillion dollar corporations that produce our clothing are some of the biggest polluters out there.
Every year, the fashion industry pollutes waterways in places like Mexico, China and Indonesia by using hazardous chemicals in the manufacturing plants. Those same toxic chemicals are present in our clothes, too.
Since 2011, we’ve challenged some of the world’s most popular clothing brands to work with their suppliers to stop the flow of toxic chemicals into our waterways. Already, companies like Nike, Adidas, H&M, and more have signed on. Will your favorite retailer?
We All Deserve to Live Toxic-Free
Toxic chemical pollution affects all of us, but it has the most devastating effects on disadvantaged communities.
Too often, those with the fewest resources to protect themselves are the ones exposed to harmful pollution. In the U.S., low-income communities and communities of color are statistically more likely to live in the country’s most polluted neighborhoods. In fact, the poverty rate in the communities living closest to chemical facilities is 50 percent higher than the national average. And at the global level, it’s often developed countries and their industries that dump their hazardous waste in the developing world.
That’s why it’s so important to take advantage of the opportunities we have right now to create a toxic-free world. We’re campaigning to eliminate the risk of major chemical disasters across the country and to end toxic industrial pollution across the globe.
If that sounds like the future you want, join us! Check out the links below to learn how we’re making a difference and how you can join the movement.