Keeping the home safe is a major concern for many people. Chemicals are a major part of our daily lives. While many chemicals can cause little to no harm if used correctly, there are others more noxious substances that can cause significant damage to health and the environment. Although many people are familiar with harmful pollutants emitted by smokestack industry and automobiles, many toxins lurk inside our cupboards and throughout the home. We have combed through various sources to compile a list of common household items containing toxic ingredients. Furthermore, we have also listed healthier and more environmentally-friendly alternatives that help keep the home clean and healthy.
See our Green Home Cleaning Campaign page for a list of toxic substances found in common household cleaners.
BREAKING NEWS: “Oregon sues Monsanto, alleges company knowingly sold toxic PCBs for decades” By Andrew Theen, The Oregonian/OregonLive
For outside reading, we recommend the following:
From Environmental Working Group:
Skin Deep (a database of dangerous chemicals in bath and beauty care products)
ALSO: EWG VERIFIED™ is taking EWG’s Skin Deep® ratings one step further — to help move the market and help you make easy and informed purchasing decisions. EWG’s new mark tells you which products meet their strictest criteria.
For disposing of toxic household waste, contact your local household hazardous waste collection center:
Lane County: 541-682-4120 – Or visit their website
Visit the Metro Central Website for additional information.
For all other counties, call: 1-800-RECYCLE (1-800-732-9253)
- Problems with mold? Three publications might be of value…“A Brief Guide To Mold, Moisture and Your Home” (PDF)
- MORE on mold from the state Office of Environmental Public Health
- Home Moisture Problems (OSU Extension Service) – PDF
Won’t you join us in imagining, and working for, a world beyond toxics?
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