Cleaning products are designed to improve our quality of life. Unfortunately, many chemicals in cleaning products can be harmful to our health, our pets and the environment. The good news is that a number of less-toxic alternatives, as well as homemade recipes are readily available. By choosing safer products, reading labels and safely disposing of products, we can protect our health. Learn more about household and cleaning products.
Chemicals can enter our bodies through the food and water we consume, the air we breathe, and the household products we use. Emerging science shows that the timing of exposure to toxic chemicals is critical in determining the resulting health impacts and that children are more vulnerable to the effects of these chemicals. Many programs and policies, both nationally and locally, are being established to protect children.
Mercury is a toxic metal that occurs naturally in the earth's crust. Because of it's unique chemical and physical properties, mercury has been used for thousands of years. Today it can be found in pesticides, dental fillings, electrical switches, fluorescent lamps, thermometers, and thermostats.
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San Francisco is habitat for 800,000 people – meeting needs for space to work, play, and learn; for food, water, and air; for community with local flora and fauna. SF Environment provides support for urban agriculture and forestry and green buildings, helping residents and businesses harness environmental opportunities.