Making Vermont a safer and healthier place to live by reducing waste and eliminating toxins from consumer products, drinking water, and our environment.

Thousands of toxic or untested chemicals are used in products we’re exposed to every day in our homes, schools, and workplaces. From PFAS in our drinking water to pesticides in our natural environment to harmful chemicals found in single-use plastics and other consumer products, there are simply too many hidden dangers. These toxins are building up in our bodies and contributing to alarming trends in public health, including increased rates of birth defects, developmental disabilities, reproductive disorders, cancers, and more.

VPIRG supports federal and state legislation that will get known toxins out of consumer products and require health and safety testing before chemicals make it into products on our store shelves. We are also committed to promoting a circular economy that reduces waste, creates jobs, and holds manufacturers accountable for environmental impacts from the full life cycle of products they create.

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Recent Environmental Health News

‘Chem Fatale’ Report Highlights Dangers in Feminine Care Products

Hormone disruptors, carcinogens, among toxic chemicals found in tampons, douches, wipes and more A new report “Chem Fatale” by Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) details how the feminine care industry sells products containing unregulated and potentially harmful chemicals, including preservatives, pesticides, fragrances and dyes. This report provides yet another example of unnecessary and toxic chemicals ...

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Check out the Agenda: VT Environmental Summit

A Day of Empowering the Grassroots The final agenda for the 2013 Environmental Summit is in. Join us on Saturday, November 9th, for a day of empowering the grassroots of Vermont. Click below to check out descriptions of the issue and skill workshops, and click here if you haven’t registered yet. The registration deadline is Thursday, ...

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VPIRG Statement on Lead-Containing Mugs

“We want to make sure people across the region are aware that Vermont Public Radio mugs from 2002-2011 were found to contain lead. The lead contamination was found in the painted design on the outside of the mug. Since no level of lead is safe, we recommend people stop using these mugs immediately. Even at very ...

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A new report and an old VPIRG fight for chemical reform

A new report from the Breast Cancer Fund, Disrupted Development: the Dangers of Prenatal BPA Exposure reminds us of the importance of Vermont’s 2010 bill to ban bisphenol A (BPA) from certain products – but also highlights how much further we have to go to fully protect Vermonters’ health from toxic chemicals. In 2010, Vermont banned ...

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Protect Our Kids from Toxic Chemicals

Thousands of untested chemicals are used in our homes, schools, food and work places every day. We need a better chemical regulatory system so we can all have confidence that the products in our homes and on our store shelves are healthy and safe. Take a stand to protect your family from toxic chemicals ...

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Legislation to Protect Vermonters from Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals Becomes Law

VPIRG Environmental Health Advocate, Lauren Hierl, joined Governor Shumlin, legislators, and fire fighters to celebrate toxic flame retardant ban at the fire station in Burlington. Read Lauren’s address made at the bill signing: “I’m thrilled to join today’s celebration as Governor Shumlin signs into law the nation’s strongest bill to protect kids and fire fighters from toxic ...

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S.81 – Banning Toxic Flame Retardants

Upon learning that a cancer-causing chemical banned from children’s pajamas in the 1970s (chlorinated Tris) had found its way into numerous other children’s products and home furniture, VPIRG and our fire fighter allies successfully pushed for a ban on Tris in these products. The legislature unanimously supported this bill, which puts in place the nation’s strongest ...

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