Knowing the risks helps you make better choices for you and your family
Maybe you’ve just learned that you’re pregnant, or maybe you have a new baby or growing children. Perhaps you and your partner are just thinking about having a family. Whatever the reason, you may be hearing troubling things about toxic chemicals around you — especially chemicals in plastic and other harmful ingredients or materials in the things you use daily — and how these chemicals affect not just the environment, but also the human body and particularly growing babies, infants, and children.
For example, plastic packaging, plastic containers, plastic toys — the list goes on — are practically everywhere. The concerning thing is that studies show plastic is loaded with chemicals that can harm our health.
We developed this guide to make it easy for parents and would-be parents to:
- Learn about toxic chemicals in plastics
- Find tips to reduce use of plastic
- Gather ideas to avoid other common toxic chemicals
- Get safe product recommendations
The goal of this guide is to help you make better, safer choices for a healthy and sustainable future.
What you may not realize is that you have enormous economic power to shift the marketplace away from harmful materials. Companies watch what you buy closely, and by supporting companies that are making safer products, you can help make change happen.
There is little regulation requiring that chemicals be tested for safety before they’re included in products, and they can be hard to avoid.
This guide is intended to provide an overview about some of the most common exposures to chemicals in plastics and other ingredients of harm that you can control and avoid with a little information and effort. We can protect our children’s health and send a powerful message to corporations at the same time by purchasing carefully.
About Plastic Pollution Coalition
Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) is a growing global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses, and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways and oceans, and the environment.
About MADE SAFE
MADE SAFE is America’s only nontoxic seal for products across consumer product categories, including baby, personal care, household, and beyond. MADE SAFE certified means that a product has been made from a base of safe ingredients or materials and has been vetted using a scientific process in order to certify that products are not made with ingredients known to harm human health or ecosystems.