Substances that are cause for concern include the following:
- Industrial chemicals including solvents (toulene, benzene, perchloroethylene, and tri-chloroethylene
- Metals (lead, mercury, cadmium)
- Endocrine disruptors (dioxins, PCBs, some pesticides, alkylphenols, phthalates)
Paints and varnishes
Home office products
Pet care products
Contaminated water (ingestion, skin absorption, inhalation)
Agriculture and food preparation (pesticides)
Auto repair industries (solvents)
Jewelry making (metals)
Hazardous waste sites (landfills, military bases)
Farms and greenhouses
Exposure to these chemicals can lead to infertility, cause miscarriages, cause birth defects, hormone disruption, and/or chromose damage.
For information about lead poisoning, call LeadLine at 1-800-368-5060. To learn more about companies and consumers that support poison-free living and products, become a part of the Coming Clean Campaign and visit the Organic Consumers web site. This organization is working to rid the marketplace of personal care products which are mislabeled as natural and organic but contain dangerous chemicals.