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

Legislative Preview: What’s on the Docket for 2012?

We continue to work toward building a clean, renewable, reliable energy future for our state. VPIRG is working to pass a bill ensuring that a greater portion of your electricity comes from renewable sources. And, with 50% of Vermont’s electricity already coming from clean energy sources like solar, wind, and hydropower, our goal, ...

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VPIRG’s 2011 Trouble in Toyland Report

In addition to our work to make all products safer, every year VPIRG releases our annual Trouble in Toyland report highlighting potential hazards in children’s toys. This year Trouble in Toyland, along with an interactive tool accessible via smart phone or computer at, will help parents and other toy-buyers avoid some common hazards ...

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Toy Safety Shopping Tips

Take this Toy Safety Shopping Guide along with you when heading out on your holiday shopping trip. This brochure summarizes what to look out for including toxics, choking and noise hazards, and more.

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VPIRG Releases 26th Annual Trouble in Toyland Report

Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to the Vermont Public Interest Research Group’s (VPIRG’s) 26th annual Trouble in Toyland report. The report reveals the results of laboratory testing on toys for lead and phthalates, both of which have been proven to have serious adverse health impacts on the development ...

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The facts on post-Irene toxics

VPIRG’s Environmental Health Advocate, Charity Carbine-March, pulled additional resources and information about environmental health implications of mold, soil, water and air quality following Tropical Storm Irene.

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VPIRG Launches Redeem to Rebuild!

Redeem to Rebuild is a state wide bottle drive to raise money for Vermont farms that suffered losses due to Tropical Storm Irene. All donations will benefit the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund – established by the Vermont Community Foundation in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. This fund will provide grants to farms ...

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VPIRG organizes bottle drive to support local swim team

Our state’s Bottle Bill program has not only proven to be an amazing tool for recycling, but it also provides a resource for community groups, like the Waterbury Rapids Swim Team, who depend on bottle drives to help fund their programs. While 5 cents might not seem like a lot, it adds up for community ...

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