The Chemical Marketplace Series

What's in your product?

More than 80,000 chemicals are produced, used
and present in the United States. These are some of their stories.

2,4-D and Weeding & Feeding: Rethinking Lawn Care
March 27, 2012
A close look at the most common herbicide used in the country.
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Alkylphenols and Your Laundry
October 12, 2011
Here’s an unusual health tip: Add sweets when you wash your sweats.
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Artificial Sweeteners in Your Sugar-free Gum
December 06, 2013
How many chemicals are in your sugar-free gum? And should you care?
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Aluminum, Antiperspirants and Studies: There’s the Rub
February 2, 2011
Did you know that antiperspirants are drugs regulated by the FDA?
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Baby Shampoo and Formaldehyde: Caveat Emptor
November 10, 2011
Here’s a brainteaser: How do you, the cautious, enlightened emptor, caveat if your baby shampoo label leaves you in the dark?
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BHA and BHT: A Case for Fresh?
December 19, 2013
Preserved food sure is convenient, but is there a health cost?
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Bisphenol A (BPA): News on an Endocrine Disruptor

  • Revisiting BPA (Mar 2, 2012) – New findings, new concerns about two common chemicals: BPA and PFOA. Read post »
  • Oh That Chemical Feeling (Feb 11, 2010) – BPA is the stuff used to line canned foods and drinks and is incorporated into many of the plastic bottles. Congress is (finally) looking into the persistent and growing problem of persistent and bioaccumulating pollutants. Read post »
  • Update: BPA Now Bigger on EPA’s Radar (Mar 30, 2010) – A chemical once common, now slightly less common in plastics might soon be even less common. Read post »
  • Of BPA and Men (Aug 31, 2010) – New studies suggest that the synthetic chemical BPA may be messing with men. Read post »
  • Science Update: BPA (Sep 18, 2008) – A couple of new studies warrant serious consideration by the federal government. They support a growing body of research that shows risks to human health from BPA. Read post »

Bisphenol AF
August 17, 2010
Introducing bisphenol AF, or BPAF, BPA’s more toxic sibling.
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Chemicals, Epigenomes, and Your Grandkids
June 4, 2012
Roll over, Darwin — what you eat or touch may spell bad news for your grandchild.
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Recommended Breakfast: Eggs Over Easy, Hold the Dioxin
January 13, 2011
Dioxin’s turned up in European eggs.
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Fluoride and Water: Is Fluoride Good for You?
September 14, 2010
With nearly 200 million Americans drinking fluoridated tap water these days, is it time to ask ourselves, do we really need the fluoridation?
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Food Additives: How Do We Know they’re Safe?
August 21, 2013
Are we letting the chemical industry decide what is safe for us to eat?
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Formaldehyde and Shirts: The Wrinkle in No-iron Shirts
December 8, 2010
How do they get those no-iron shirts to stay so crisp looking?
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Grecian Formula and Lead: One Way to Get the Gray Out? Get the Lead In
July 29, 2011
When it comes to personal care products, does Mom know best?
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Insect Repellents: Risks from Wearing, Spraying, Rubbing Them On
May 4, 2011
Is there a bug spray right for you?
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Lipstick: The Price for Pretty Lips May Be Heavy … Metals
May 9, 2013
New study says picture-perfect lips may be nothing to smile about.
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Nanoparticles and Food: What’s on your Shopping List?
April 14, 2011
Guess what the food industry’s been adding to your food. (Hint: They’re much, much smaller than a breadbox.)
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The Not-So-Sweet Skinny on Sugar-free Gum Sweeteners
December 4, 2013
How many chemicals are in your sugar-free gum? And should you care?
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PAH and Seal Coats: A No-brainer
July 20, 2011
Want a spiffy-looking, seal-coated driveway? You may get more than you bargained for.
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PBDEs and Dogs: Up to Our (Floppy) Ears in Flame Retardants?
May 6, 2011
Friends don’t let friends ingest (or for that matter, inhale) flame retardants, right? Wrong.
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PBDE and Fire Retardants
February 3, 2010
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs: You’ve got ‘em whether you want ‘em or not.
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PFOA and Popcorn
July 11, 2011
Microwave popcorn — what’s in your bag?
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PFOA and BPA: Revisiting Two Common Chemicals
Mar 2, 2012
New findings, new concerns about two common chemicals: BPA and PFOA.
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Piperonyl Butoxide: The Trojan Horse of Pesticides
July 11, 2011
When it comes to pesticides, it’s not just the pesticides you should be concerned about.
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Propoxur: The Way Not to Let the Bedbugs Bite?
May 31, 2011
When it comes to stopping bedbugs, Ohio wants to choose its poison.
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Rotenone, a Pesticide: On the Shelf Instead of Shelved
February 17, 2011
According to the National Institutes of Health, pesticides are linked to Parkinson’s disease but not to worry. Really?
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Spray Foams, Sealants, and Diisocyanates: Rage Against the Foam?
May 19, 2011
Plumbers and do-it-yourselfers, beware.
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A Tart Look at the Most Used Sweetener You’ve Never Heard Of
May 31, 2013
Today we look at ace k; chances are it’s in your sweetener.
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TDCPP and the Air
June 2, 2010
The air you breathe in your home may be dangerous to your health.
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Triclosan and Toothpaste
May 26, 2010
I was reading my toothpaste tube the other day and noticed something I hadn’t expected in the list of “active ingredients.” In addition to the familiar-sounding hexafluoride, I found triclosan.
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Trihalomethanes (THM): Shower at Your Own Risk?
March 24, 2011
Turns out that cleanliness might not be such a good idea after all.
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