What the federal government should do that states are already doing

December 02, 2021

Sarah Doll

Today, Safer States joined with 35 allies in asking the federal government to follow the states lead and move toward safer, non-toxic materials and products and away from toxic chemicals like PFAS through their purchasing power.

Read More

Power of the purse 1

Bipartisan bill to ban PFAS chemicals in food containers introduced in Congress today

November 18, 2021

Press Statement

Today the bipartisan Keep Food Containers Safe from PFAS Act was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and in the House of Representatives by Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Don Young (R-Alaska).  The legislation will ban the use of any perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) as a food contact substance.

Read More

Safer States joins Mind the Store in calling on REI to take action on PFAS “forever chemicals”

November 03, 2021

Sarah Doll

Safer States is proud to partner with the Mind the Store campaign to call on REI, a major outdoor apparel retailer, to phase out and ban PFAS “forever chemicals” in all private-label and brand-name products. REI has the power to lead the outdoor apparel industry in a bold phase-out of PFAS from products. 

 

Read More

REI

Michigan Governor commits to limit purchase of products that contain PFAS

October 27, 2021

Press Statement

Today, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive telling the state to “use its purchasing power—an estimated $2.5 billion annually” to buy products that do not contain PFAS chemicals. While other states have product-specific PFAS procurement restrictions, Michigan’s new policy goes further by looking across all purchases by the state. Health advocacy organizations from Michigan and across the nation applaud this move and anticipate more states to take action.

Read More

The Environmental Protection Agency announces limited PFAS roadmap

October 18, 2021

Press Statement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its roadmap on PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), a class of toxic chemicals known to cause harm to people and the environment. The EPA’s plan states that it will “deliver tangible public health benefits to all people who are impacted by these chemicals.”

Read More

EPA

California passes new precedent-setting laws that require accurate product labeling and regulate PFAS “forever chemicals” as a class

October 05, 2021

Press Statement

California today passed new precedent-setting laws that require accurate labeling for products and regulate toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” as a class. The three bills signed today by Governor Gavin Newsom ensure truth in advertising through labeling requirements in products claiming to be recyclable; in compostable products; and in cookware, respectively. A fourth bill was also signed that regulates toxic chemicals in juvenile products. All four bills notably address toxic PFAS chemicals as a class, a longstanding recommendation by science experts, health care professionals, and advocates alike.

Read More

Maine is the first state in the country to ban PFAS “forever chemicals” in all products

July 15, 2021

Press Statement

Today, Maine’s groundbreaking bill that bans “intentionally added” toxic PFAS chemicals in all products by 2030 became law. The new law positions Maine as the first state in the country to establish a procedure to eliminate PFAS in all products, except where the state determines the use is “currently unavoidable,” meaning that the use is both critical for health or safety and a safer alternative is not available.

Read More

Capped With Toxics! New report finds toxic chemicals in the plastic liners of metal bottle caps

July 14, 2021

A new report by the Toxic-Free Food Campaign titled “Capped With Toxics” found toxic chemicals called ortho-phthalates in more than one-third of the 141 beverage brands tested.

Read More

Taking a sip Twitter

Why We Are Thinking About Non-Toxic Reuse

June 30, 2021

Renee Sharp

As we move away from disposable products and focus on incentivizing reusables and creating systems for reuse, we need to make sure that those reusable products are non-toxic and sustainable too. 

Read More

Non toxic reusables

Honoring Juneteenth

June 18, 2021

Eduardo Valenzuela

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day freedom finally came to enslaved people in the state of Texas - nearly two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. While today is a day of celebration, it is also a day of acknowledgement and recommitment to unraveling the systemic inequality that remains in place to this day. 

Read More

Juneteenth Blog