Momsrising.com just turned me on to a new website, and I think it’s a great one. They have a searchable database of over 5000 products, like handbags, carseats, pet products, toys and more … giving you details on what chemicals were found in them and a general safety rating. I think it’s always good to know!
Healthystuff.org > Resarching toxic chemicals in everyday products.
To quote their newsletter and give you a few samples …
Women’s HandbagsHealthyStuff.org tested over 100 handbags and found lead in over 75% of the bags they analyzed. We worked hard to get lead out of children’s toys—- but both of my kids still enjoy playing dress up with my old purses. Find Out More.
Car Seats and Booster SeatsWe all know boosters and car seats save lives, and using them is a MUST. But over half (58%) of car seats tested by Healthy Stuff contain hazardous chemicals, including PVC, BFRs and heavy metals. Car Seats can be made without these chemicals - the Baby Trend Flex-Loc; the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat; and the Graco Turbo Booster all passed the test with flying colors. You can research your child’s carseat or booster in the Healthy Stuff database .
Cars and MinivansChemical levels found in cars can be 5-10 times higher than in homes or offices. For moms, dads, and kids who log hours in carpool duty every week, this can be a major source of toxic chemical exposure. HealthyStuff.org tested nearly 700 new and used vehicles for dangerous chemicals. The U.S. made Pontiac G5 and Chevy Cobalt rated best among 2009 vehicles. Look up your vehicle here.
Pet ProductsSince there are no government standards for hazardous chemicals in pet products, it is not surprising that alarming levels of toxic chemicals were found in beds, chew toys, collars and leashes. One quarter of all pet products tested had detectable levels of lead. Check out how your pooch’s favorite plaything tested.