The Workgroup for Safe Markets is a US-based collaborative of groups united by a common concern about hazardous chemicals in our homes, our bodies and our environment; and a common vision of a cleaner, healthier economy. These groups are leading the effort to protect our families and communities from the devastating impacts of toxic chemicals, and to shift the economy to safer products and practices. The Workgroup for Safe Markets is part of the Coming Clean collaborative, which hosts leading environmental health and justice experts who are working to reform the chemical and energy industries so they are no longer a source of harm. For more information, visit www.ComingCleanInc.org.
The problem we are working to fix: Every day, in homes and communities across the U.S. and the world, people are continually exposed to hazardous chemicals linked to cancer, infertility, asthma and other health problems that have been rising in recent decades. These unregulated chemicals are all around our homes in products from furtniture, to toys, to cosmetics. This website offers important information about some of the most problematic chemicals of concern — such as bisphenol-A (BPA), toxic flame retardants, pesticides, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic and the many toxic ingredients used in cosmetics — and tips for how to find safer alternatives.
The solutions we are advancing: As we work to pass laws that eliminate harmful chemicals and incentivize safer alternatives, many businesses and nonprofit groups are stepping up to protect citizens from toxic threats and shift the market to safer products and practices. It is essential that our economy transitions to safer chemicals and products through increased disclosure of chemical information and informed substitution of hazardous chemicals. Our Five Essential Practices for Retailers, Brand Owners and Suppliers and Background Paper provides a common framework to achieve this that is supported by many leading market campaigns. On this website, you’ll find the best tools and resources compiled by leading environmental, business and consumer groups.