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Greenpeace internationally works towards a future where all people can live toxic free. Every human deserves to live their lives without fearing they may be consuming toxic chemicals or could be seconds away from a chemical disaster.

We focus on protecting Americans from chemical disasters, promoting sustainable agriculture free of toxic chemicals and pressuring industries to develop toxic-free manufacturing processes.

Read more about our specific projects below and how you can get involved.

Preventing US Chemical Disasters

One in three people in the US live within the danger zone of a chemical facility.

Prevent Chemical Disasters

The good news is that they don’t have to, and Greenpeace, in partnership with the Coalition to Prevent Chemical Disasters is working hard to turn that one into a zero.

It’s been more than a year since President Obama introduced the executive order to improve chemical safety and security. However, within that year we don’t know that anything can be done to improve facilities and protect communities.

Join Greenpeace and dozens of other groups in pressuring the EPA to live up to the executive order and use its authority to mandate safer chemical facilities.

The only people at greater risk than the workers themselves are those living in the communities that surround these facilities. These impacted communities shouldn’t have to be prepared for a chemical disaster- it is the responsibility of the US government to mandate that the chemical industry protect those communities.

Fortunately, safer, cost-effective chemicals and processes are widely available. Since 2001, hundreds of chemical facilities have switched and eliminated risks to 40 million people in 47 states. Clorox Company, for instance, have converted their high-risk facilities to safer technologies. Not every company will make that voluntary change, unfortunately. It is up to President Obama and the EPA to require it.

The EPA has a mandate to protect human health and the environment. This federal agency also has a specific directive to make environmental justice part of its mission and address the disproportionate health and environmental impacts throughout its programs, policies and activities to the extent appropriate and permitted by law. The existing policy gaps to address chemical safety and security are inherently flawed and fail to protect the most vulnerable populations that include low-income and communities of color residing near chemical facilities, refineries, water treatment plants and ports facilities where hazardous chemicals are stored.

That is what agencies like the EPA are for.

It is time for the President and the EPA to take action and use their authority under the Clean Air Act to require dangerous chemical facilities to use safer alternatives.

READ MORE about Greenpeace's work to protect Americans from chemical disasters.

Bees in Crisis

Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops, which supply about 90 percent of the world's nutrition, are pollinated by bees.

Bees in Crisis

But bees are in big trouble.

Colony Collapse Disorder is decimating bee populations in the U.S. and Europe. For years, scientists have been trying to understand its causes. But a recent study by Harvard scientists confirms what many in the EU have already taken to heart: a group of pesticides called neonicotinoids are, in large part, to blame.

Both in the US and Europe, Greenpeace is working towards sustainable agriculture systems that don't use toxic bee-killing pesticides.

READ MORE about Greenpeace's work to protect bees and other pollinators. 

Detox Global Water

One person’s new wardrobe should never mean a whole community’s polluted water.

Detox global water

One person’s new wardrobe should never mean a whole community’s polluted water.

Greenpeace research has discovered that the fashion industry uses a wide range of hazardous chemicals in their manufacturing facilities, most often in countries like Mexico, China and Indonesia. This toxic process than pollutes the water sources in these countries with harmful chemicals.

Greenpeace launched this work with the Detox Campaign in 2011 by releasing its research and campaigning for some of the most beloved brands, including H&M, Nike and Victoria’s Secret, to clean up their manufacturing process and protect global waterways from hazardous chemicals. Today, the Detox campaign is powered by more than half a million people demanding toxic-free fashion and clean water.

Since its launch, dozens of brands have committed to Detox including Levis’, H&M and Uniqlo.

Greenpeace continues to pressure brands, from athletic wear companies to children’s clothing companies, with the support of millions of people around the world.

Our vision is a fashion industry that works to protect global waterways, not pollute them.

READ MORE about Greenpeace's Detox campaign

Guide to Greener Electronics

As technology companies produce more innovative products, those same companies should be equally innovative in producing their products sustainably.

Since 2006 Greenpeace has been campaigning to green our electronics, challenging the sector’s leading companies to reduce their environmental footprint and meet the growing demand for greener devices. From acting to combat climate change by increasing the use of renewable energy in the supply chain, to helping to build a toxic-free future by eliminating the worst hazardous chemicals, now is the moment for the industry to help us design a different future.

Greener Gadgets: Designing the future, released in September 2014, gave a snapshot of the progress achieved by the industry so far in combatting these major environmental issues and laid out the challenges ahead.

READ MORE about Greenpeace's greener gadgets campaign