Safer Chemicals for Minnesota

Did you know the shampoo, cleaner, or laundry detergent you wash down the drain may be harming your health and the health of our water? Find out how these chemicals are making their way from our products into our bodies and water, discover simple steps you can take to protect your health from toxic chemicals, and see what we're doing to fight for safer chemicals.

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Strengthen the Personal Care Products Safety Act

Urge your U.S. Senators to support meaningful, health-protective cosmetic policy reform that protects children and other vulnerable populations.

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What's in Your Products?

Do you wonder if the chemicals used in your laundry detergent, cleaners and other household products are safe?

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Chemicals in your body

Exposure to toxic chemicals is linked to rising rates of cancer, asthma, infertility and other health problems.


What's in your water?

We are discovering new chemicals in our water such as flame retardants, plasticizers, surfactants and others.

From We All Live Downstream

polystyrene food container / photo: CC BY 2.0
June 29, 2016

Many of us have been in the awkward situation of attending a family picnic or community event where we line up for food and discover the only choice for dishware is polystyrene (ex. Styrofoam and similar products).

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June 13, 2016

Kathleen Schuler and Deanna White are co-directors of Healthy Legacy, Minnesota's coalition for safer chemicals.

A bill to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the first time in 40 years is headed to President Obama’s desk.  The bill which has passed both bodies of Congress will not provide the health and environmental protections so urgently needed and will restrict Minnesota’s ability to act quickly on toxic chemical threats.

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May 31, 2016

As the brief 2016 legislative session ended, it was clear that this session would end like the 2015 legislative session did, riddled with missed opportunities to protect Minnesota’s environment and public health.