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
The Vermont state Senate voted 17-11 today to support legislation that will provide significant new protections against exposure to toxic chemicals in consumer products.Read More
Led by Senator Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland), the Senate Committee on Economic Development unanimously approved (5-0) the Toxic Free Families Act. VPIRG will be working with partners from the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Vermont to pass the bill in 2014. The bill must now make a quick stop in the Senate Finance ...Read More
VPIRG’s Toxic-Free Families Day brought parents with children, public health advocates, fire fighters, and legislators together to call for support better measures to protect Vermonters, particularly kids, from unnecessary exposure to toxic chemicals in everyday products. Check out photos and video from the event.Read More
The Vermont Senate Committee on Health and Welfare voted unanimously today (4-0) to pass legislation (S.239) designed to protect Vermont families from toxic chemicals in consumer products.Read More
The following is Fox 44/ABC 22’s coverage of our toxic free families day. To watch the video clip, click here. A big thanks to everyone who made it to the State House for this successful event! MONTPELIER – From cleaning supplies to your kids’ toys, many everyday products contain toxic chemicals. When Abigail Mnookin had her daughter ...Read More
The following was written by VPIRG member and VPR commentator Abigail Mnookin, who is also the mother of a toddler. Imagine a day in the life of my toddler: she wakes up next to synthetic-stuffed animals, puts on a disposable diaper, changes into polyester clothes, drinks out of a plastic sippy cup, plays with her favorite ...Read More
On Jan. 30, VPIRG’s Lauren Hierl testified in a packed Senate Committee about why Vermonters need stronger, comprehensive reform to keep our families safe from toxic chemical threats. Here’s the message she sent to VPIRG members: Out-of-state, corporate lobbyists are flying in from as far as Detroit to keep toxic chemicals in everyday products. Last week, I ...Read More
In a packed committee room in the Senate, VPIRG’s environmental health advocate, Lauren Hierl, presented lawmakers with a persuasive case: Step up and take action to keep Vermont kids safe from toxic chemical threats. Here’s an excerpt of VPIRG’s testimony in support of S. 239, a bill to strengthen protections against toxic chemicals: My own son was ...Read More