plas•tic al•ba•tross
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1. The Plastic Albatross is a community-focused campaign that provides helpful information about toxins in PLASTICS and other household products, and how these substances affect our health and environment.

2. We encourage local families, businesses, and organizations to limit their exposure to and consumption of plastic and commonly used toxic chemicals to work toward a toxin-free future!


The Plastic Albatross Recommends

An estimated 3,000 people turned out for the Brooklyn Food Conference in Park Slope! It was wonderful to speak with many of you at the Plastic Albatross table. While I felt like a bit of a killjoy nestled among the happy farmers, it was a great way to connect with local New Yorkers and hear about your concerns and suggestions for plastic and toxin-free living.

A few topics visitors seemed most concerned about were the BPA in the linings of metal cans, learning more about safe cosmetics, and recommendations for alternative non-plastic/non-toxic products.

  1. Information about BPA can be found on this site under Get Informed > Bisphenol A.
  2. A great resource with information on over 42,800 personal care products is the EWG’s Skin Deep database.
  3. A list of recommended alternative non-toxic/non-plastic products will be available shortly under Take Action > Household. Until then here are a few products that we had on display at the Brooklyn Food Conference.

The Plastic Albatross Recommends:


Toxics Policy: A Step Forward

The NYS Assembly announced today that it has advanced a package to “Preserve And Protect The Environment“. This package includes the following bills, which will pave the way for greater regulation of toxic chemicals in the household, workplace and community.

  • Prohibit the sale of any toy, child care product or beverage container containing bisphenol-A in products intended for children under three years of age (A.6919-B/Englebright).
  • Establish the New York State Healthy and Green Procurement Act to ensure that state agencies purchase environmentally-friendly products (A.7038/Sweeney).
  • Ban the use of the chemical flame retardant Decabromodiphenyl (DecaBDE) in electronics, textiles and mattresses (A.7573/Sweeney).
  • Provide for the phase-out of pesticides on state property. The measure would discontinue the use of pesticides by the state and adopt a pest control policy that substantially relies on non-chemical pest control policies (A.5848/Brodsky).