• Too Close to Home

    Silent Spring Institute studies reveal that our exposure to harmful chemicals often hits too close to home.

    But these findings also offer guidance for reducing those exposures.

  • Get Fresh

    A fresh food diet can reduce levels of hormone disruptors.

  • Gathering Dust

    Toxic flame retardants from furnishings linger in homes, sometimes at levels above health guidelines.

  • Name Your Poison

    Everyday products contain a wide range of potentially harmful chemicals, including many not listed on product labels.

  • On the Water Front

    Pollutants that may be harmful to human health are leaking into drinking water sources.

Ugly Ducklings

Ugly Ducklings

Cancer-associated phthalates were found in all the homes tested in the Household Exposure Study.
Beat the Wrap

Beat the Wrap

Plastics found in food packaging can leach hormone-disrupting chemicals into food and drink.
Good to the Last Drop

Good to the Last Drop

Families who ate a fresh food diet saw a significant drop in their levels of bisphenol A, or BPA.
Taking It on the Chin

Taking It on the Chin

Some alternative products that avoided well-known phthalates still contained other phthalates.
Indecent Exposure

Indecent Exposure

Outdoor pollutants leak indoors, where they persist in air and dust and infiltrate our bodies.
Clear the Air

Clear the Air

Chemical air fresheners may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
Kick the Can

Kick the Can

Food packaging is a major source of exposure to bisphenol A in children and adults.
Drop Your Guard

Drop Your Guard

Vinyl pillow protectors have a high concentration of phthalates, which may cause respiratory symptoms.
Buy Now, Pay Later

Buy Now, Pay Later

Common products expose consumers to a wide range of potentially harmful chemicals.
Dirty Laundry

Dirty Laundry

An estrogenic chemical commonly found in detergents was abundant in indoor air and dust.
Within Reach

Within Reach

Banning certain chemicals from food packaging could reduce the body burdens of many people.
A Close Shave

A Close Shave

Parabens—hormone disruptors used in personal care products—appeared in most homes tested.
Caught Napping

Caught Napping

Residues from flame retardants banned from children’s pajamas in the late 1970s still linger in homes.
Fresh Start

Fresh Start

Adults and children who ate a fresh food diet saw a significant drop in their levels of a harmful phthalate.
Test the Water

Test the Water

Private drinking water wells contained evidence of chemical leakage from septic systems.
True Grit

True Grit

The flame retardants found in house dust include hormone disruptors and carcinogens.
Interior Design

Interior Design

Chemicals often reach higher levels in indoor air than in outdoor air, as they are slow to degrade inside.
Inside Information

Inside Information

Consumer products are the primary sources of endocrine disrupting exposures in indoor air.
Phantom Menace

Phantom Menace

Indoor exposures to toxic chemicals can persist long after the chemicals have been banned.
On Dangerous Ground

On Dangerous Ground

Wood floor finishes used decades ago may be a persistent source of polychlorinated biphenyls.
Sweet Smell of Excess

Sweet Smell of Excess

In a study of consumer products, fragranced products had the largest number of suspect chemicals.
Behind the Curtain

Behind the Curtain

The highest concentrations of hormone disruptors were found in vinyl shower curtains.
Down the Drain

Down the Drain

Chemicals that flow down the drain can seep from septic systems into drinking water supplies.
Home Truths

Home Truths

Women fail to heed warnings about chemical risks from consumer products.
Buyer Beware

Buyer Beware

Consumer product purchases greatly affect the presence of toxic flame retardants in homes.
Missing the Mark

Missing the Mark

Testing and labeling requirements do not prevent the use of hormone disruptors in consumer products.
Bringing Up Baby

Bringing Up Baby

Among alternative sunscreens, the one found to have the most suspect chemicals was targeted to babies.
Home Delivery

Home Delivery

Women who reported the highest cleaning product use had twice the breast cancer risk.
Airing Dirty Linen

Airing Dirty Linen

Toxic flame retardants linger in homes, sometimes at levels above health guidelines.
Side Effects

Side Effects

California's furniture flammability standard has led to widespread exposures to flame retardants.
Breaking the Mold

Breaking the Mold

Mold and mildew removers may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
Hung Out to Dry

Hung Out to Dry

High income women have higher breast cancer risk and researchers don't know why.
In Deep Water

In Deep Water

The failure of septic systems to rid sewage of pollutants may harm drinking water wells.