Tag: consumer product toxins

Viral Nail Salon Story Spotlights Everyday Toxins

A new chemical safety bill and many toxin-free consumer choices are now available. Ask: What's in this product?
Many toxin-free consumer care products are now available.

A must-read is last week’s New York Times’ viral nail salon expose, if you haven’t already. The two-part series is the paper’s most shared story, and it trended world-wide on Twitter. The series has hit a real nerve by highlighting the industry’s horrendous and unhealthy working conditions for mostly Asian-immigrant manicurists. In response to the public outcry, four days after the article’s online release, Governor Cuomo issued emergency rules to remedy many of the issues. Here’s to gutsy investigative journalism making a difference.

Big Fish: Get Smart About Chemicals with Baltimore’s Toxin Guru McKay Jenkins

Professor McKay Jenkins helps us answer the question: Are the toxins in everyday products healthy?


We’ve launched a year-long series, Beneath the Surface: What’s in Everyday Consumer Products.  Articles in this series will examine how prevalent synthetic chemicals are in everyday products, and the consequences of their use to our health and our environment.

The Beneath the Surface series was inspired by Professor McKay Jenkins’s book: What’s Gotten into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World.  After learning he had a tumor the size of an orange, McKay’s cancer scare led him to research and write this important book.  Based in Baltimore, McKay has authored numerous books, and he’s currently the Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English, Journalism and Environmental Humanities at the University of Delaware. Yes, he commutes to the campus and has for 18 years!