Additional Resources for Taking Action

A number of organizations have developed excellent resources for taking action on individual, community, and national levels. Here is just a sampling:

The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow is a coalition of citizens, scientists, health professionals, workers, and educators that seeks preventive action on toxic hazards.

Breast Cancer Action carries the voices of people affected by breast cancer to inspire and compel the changes necessary to end the breast cancer epidemic. Breast Cancer Action’s website offers a range of ideas for taking action.

The Breast Cancer Fund has partnered with Luna Bar to launch Pure Prevention, a campaign to raise awareness about the environmental causes of breast cancer and to empower women to reduce their risk. Visit the site for more ideas on taking action. We also encourage you to download State of the Evidence 2010: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment, a comprehensive report on the environmental exposures linked to increased breast cancer risk.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a coalition working to protect health by calling for the cosmetic industry’s elimination of chemicals that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and other health problems. Visit the site to learn about ways you can take action.

CHEM Trust, also known as the Chemicals, Health and Environment Monitoring Trust, works to raise awareness of the problem of our exposure to environmental toxics, to improve chemicals legislation, and to protect future generations of humans and wildlife.

The Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN) works to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthier environment. CEHN provides education, training, advocacy, and programs like the Eco-Healthy Child Care® endorsement program, which encourages child care providers to use less toxic materials and adopt environmentally healthy practices.

Commonweal is a nonprofit health and environmental research institute that conducts programs that contribute to human and ecosystem health. Among the many initiatives it supports are the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Health Care Without Harm, and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Clean Production Action promotes the use of products that are safer and cleaner across their lifecycles for consumers, workers, and communities. Its Chemical Footprint Project aims to transform global chemical use by measuring and disclosing data on business progress in selecting safer alternatives and reducing their use of chemicals of concern.

Environmental Working Group presents a range of in-depth articles and resources on the effects of toxics on human health. Explore the National Tap Water Quality Database to learn what’s in your water; and review the 10 Everyday Pollution Solutions for going green; and consult consumer guides for information about how to avoid chemicals of concern.

Health and Environment Alliance, or HEAL, the Chemicals Health Monitor counterpart in Europe, has launched a website on chemical contaminants and health. (Chemicals Health Monitor is a project of HEAL in collaboration with CHEM Trust, the Collaborative on Health and Environment, and other partner organizations across Europe.)

Health Care Without Harm offers a range of resources for environmentally preferable purchasing, safer chemicals, and toxic materials.

Healthy Child Healthy World, powered by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), offers a range of ideas for protecting children from environmental health risks.

The Household Products Database, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, links more than 7,000 consumer brands to health effects from material safety data sheets provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients.

Made Safe certifies products by screening product ingredients with a database of known harmful chemicals, and testing products.

The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is dedicated to challenging all obstacles to the eradication of breast cancer, with an emphasis on teasing out links to environmental toxics.

MOMS, a program of the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), is working to create a healthier, safer environment for children. Its members engage in education, advocacy, and corporate campaigns aimed at eliminating the presence of toxic chemicals in the environment, our bodies, and breast milk.

The National Library of Medicine website offers Tox Town, an interactive presentation of information on environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals where you live, work, and play.

The Natural Resources Defense Council offers a detailed Green Living Toolkit, which includes guidelines for protecting your family’s health. For tips on protecting your water supply, review How to Clean Up Our Water. And visit the council’s Simple Steps website for information on making healthy decisions for yourself, your home, and the planet.

Pesticide Action Network International is a network of over 600 participating nongovernmental organizations, institutions, and individuals in more than 90 countries working to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives.

Pesticide Action Network North America, or PANNA, works to replace pesticide use with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives.

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), the European Commission’s law on the safe use of chemicals, places the onus on industry to generate safety data on chemicals and to identify the measures needed to manage the risks.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families is a nationwide effort to pass smart federal policies that protect us from toxic chemicals.

Scorecard gives detailed reports on chemicals being released from more than 21,000 manufacturing plants, as well as summary reports for any area of the country.

Skin Deep is the Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s cosmetic safety database. It pairs ingredients in over 61,000 products with 60 definitive toxicity and regulatory databases, making it the largest integrated data resource of its kind. EWG's new mark, EWG VERIFIED™, takes the ratings one step further by incorporating stricter criteria that may not appear on product labels.

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute, or TURI, seeks to protect employees, consumers, and the environment by finding safer alternatives aimed at reducing toxic chemical use. TURI offers online tools to search for technology alternatives, testing data about safer cleaning solvents, and regulated toxic chemicals.

The United Nations Environment Programme seeks to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. The UNEP offers information about persistent organic pollutants and their alternatives.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides tips for safeguarding your indoor air in an extensive report, The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality.

Women in Europe for a Common Future, a network of women’s and environmental organizations in 30 countries throughout Central Asia and Europe, works toward a healthy environment for all through advocacy projects and partnership projects.