The "Dirty Dozen"
BPA: The synthetic hormone was banned from baby bottles and sippy cups, but can still sometimes be found in the lining of food cans, on receipt paper and in polycarbonate plastics -- those labeled with recycling #7.
Phthalates: Also known as "plasticizers," these chemicals are used to make products like food containers and plastic wrap more flexible. They're sometimes an unlisted component of the "fragrance" in personal care products.
PBDEs: Since these fire retardants were first found in breast milk in 1999, they've mostly been phased out from building materials, polyurethane foams and textiles -- the form used in foam furniture was taken off the market in 2005. Yet some reports indicate that their levels in the environment are increasing, either through the breakdown of older chemicals or their inclusion in imported products.
Mercury: Released through burning coal to the air and oceans, and ultimately to seafood, the metal is most risky to pregnant women.
PFCs: The worst of the perfluorinated chemicals used in nonstick cookware and on stain- and water-resistant fabrics -- PFOA -- is, according to the report, "completely resistant to biodegredation."
Organophosphates: One of the most commonly used pesticides in fruit and vegetable production, it's been shown to interfere with and lower testosterone.
Glycol ethers: 2-butoxyethanol (EGBE) and methoxydiglycol (DEGME) have been linked to a myriad of health problems in animal studies (and possibly to reduced sperm quality and testes size in exposed workers), but remain common solvents in paint, cleaning products, brake fluid and cosmetics.
Lindsay Abrams is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Lindsay Abrams.