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 NRDC is pushing Congress to reform outdated chemical-safety laws and close loopholes exploited by the chemical industry.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
While pushing for an overhaul of federal laws, we help states ban the most harmful chemicals.
The Toxic Substances Control Act is flawed and ineffective. We're pushing Congress to fix it.
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.
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.