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MomsRising is proud to partner with Ecology Center's Healthy Stuff project in sharing results from their independent consumer product safety testing. Healthy Stuff tested a wide range of consumer products for the presence of toxic chemicals like lead, arsenic, and PVC, all of which have been associated with a wide range of health problems in children and adults. You can learn more about MomsRising's Environmental Health Program and health research here.

  • The Ecology Center, along with allied organizations nationwide, has released the biggest database yet of independent tests of toxic chemicals in consumer goods. At https://www.ecocenter.org/healthy-stuff/, consumers can find over 15,000 test results on over 5,000 common items including pet products, accessories, back-to-school products, toys, cars, car seats, and more.
  • How to Use the Widget: Select your category from the drop-down list and enter your search terms in the text box. You may search on product name, UPC, brand, and level of concern. NONE, LOW, MED, and HIGH are reserved words and if added to the search will filter the results based on level of concern.
  • Healthy Stuff on Your Phone: Access the Healthy Stuff database on your phone! Find out more here.
  • Take Action: Are you sick of worrying about toxic chemicals in the products your family uses every day? Congress must act now to fix the Toxic Substances Control Act, so we can have safer chemicals and healthy families. Send a letter to Congress urging a fix today! »

 

Car Seats

  • Healthy Stuff tested 60 car seats and over half (58%) of car seats contain one or more hazardous chemicals tested for (including PVC, BFR’s and heavy metals). Almost 1/3 (31%) of car seats tested contain Brominated Flame Retardents (BFRs).
  • Infant & Child Car Seats contain chemical additives that can have adverse health affects on babies and young children. Babies spend many hours in their carseats, sometimes even taking naps in them when they are not in the car.
  • Find out more here

Purses and Accessories

Healthy Stuff tested over 100 plastic handbags and detected lead in over 75% of the bags analyzed. 64% of the bags contained lead over 300 ppm -- the CPSC limit for lead in children's products. Over half of the handbags contain >1,000 ppm lead.

  • Jewelry, handbags and other types of accessories are the most likely to contain elevated levels of hazardous chemicals.
  • Find out more here

  • Healthy Stuff tested nearly 700 new and used vehicles, from the 1980's to 2010 model year vehicles. Consumers can use the database to find the best and worst picks in every vehicle class.
  • Levels of some chemicals found in vehicles are 5-10 times higher than in homes or offices. Since the average American spends more than 1.5 hours in their car every day, this can be a major source of toxic chemical exposure.
  • Find out more here

 

Pet Products

Healthy Stuff tested over 400 pet products, including beds, chew toys, stuffed toys, collars, leashes, and tennis balls. Since there are no government standards for hazardous chemicals in pet products, it is not surprising that toxic chemicals were found.

  • 45% of pet products tested had detectable levels of one or more hazardous chemical
  • Pets are the canary in the coalmine in terms of chemical exposure. Cats groom themselves and lick off dust that has been shown to be heavily contaminated with hazardous chemicals. For example, bio-monitoring of cats has shown BFR exposure 23X higher than humans
  • Find out more here

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