At Boyle Public Health, our mission is to solve the public health problem of toxic chemicals in products we use and the environments we inhabit. We do this by empowering consumers with environmental health education, motivating them to be part of the solution and manufacturing innovative retail and wholesale personal care products of our own.
Our vision is to make “natural” the default for personal care. It is a marketplace where access, cost and lack of knowledge about toxins and their health effects are not barriers to using healthy products. It’s a marketplace where the strategies and science employed by large corporations to reduce formula and production costs has long since been deployed to natural products. We visualize our children’s generation shopping with choice, affordability, and a baseline understanding that health is the number one priority…because this generation demanded it.
Fragrances in Your Home - Risky Ingredients
All kinds of products advertise nice scents with natural-sounding names, but the word "fragrance" on a label is comprised of a mixture of undisclosed chemicals. Some of these chemicals could also be present in flame retardants. Don't breathe your air without knowing what is in it.
Advocating for Change
Katie advocates for a ban on recycled rubber tire mulch on playgrounds at CT Capitol, March 2017.
Why should we care? Recycled rubber mulch is made of old, ground up tires and contains hazardous chemicals that off-gas into the air, especially on sunny days. Those chems are then inhaled by children playing. The chems can also be ingested by infants and toddlers who crawl on or touch the playground surface followed by putting hands into their mouths. Risks are heightened for our youngest children whose bodies are just developing.
While I appreciate the idea of providing a softer cushion for children in the even of a fall and a way to get discarded tires out of landfills, based on the health risks to our youngest children, the use of recycled tire mulch on playgrounds is not the solution."
-Katie E. Boyle, MPH
-Katie E. Boyle, MPH