Of the more than 80,000 chemicals currently used in the United States, most haven't been adequately tested for their effects on human health.

These chemicals lurk in everyday items: furniture, cosmetics, household cleaners, toys, even food. NRDC is pushing Congress to reform outdated chemical-safety laws and close loopholes exploited by the chemical industry. We use the legal process to pressure the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and state governments to act on the latest science and take the lead on restricting dangerous chemicals.

What We're Doing

Policy Solution

While pushing for an overhaul of federal laws, we help states ban the most harmful chemicals.

Policy Solution

The Toxic Substances Control Act is flawed and ineffective. We're pushing Congress to fix it.

Policy Solution

Mercury endangers people on every continent. We help find alternatives and reduce its trade.


Our Clean by Design initiative helps clothing companies cut water, chemical, and energy use.

Policy Solution

We've used scientific research and legal action to help remove millions of pounds of hazardous pesticides from the market.

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What You Can Do

Follow these tips to purge harmful phthalates from your home

These harmful plasticizers are lurking in countless products, but companies don’t have to tell us which ones. Follow these tips to purge them from your home.

Get the Dirt on Nontoxic Spring Cleaning

How to avoid PFASs found in your food, clothes, and home

Firefighter Calls for Action on Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals

How to avoid questionable chemicals when renovating your home

Get rid of household pests without putting your own family’s health at risk

Protect your pet from fleas and ticks without nasty toxins

9 ways to avoid hormone-disrupting chemicals

How to buy a safer sofa

How to Write a Successful Letter to the Editor

How to keep your house clean without toxic products

4 ways to avoid toxic chemicals in food packaging

Choose the right products for your baby and you

Call your congressman and fight for your health

Stocking a Kid-Friendly, Nontoxic Kitchen

How Can I Fix Mold and Lead Paint Issues in My House on a Small Budget?

The Pesticide in Your Crisper Drawer

Everything You Need to Know About Lead

Protect consumers from methylene chloride

Experts & Resources