‘Antimony.’ The word itself sounds like a negative feeling or a weird animal, but what it really refers to is a metalloid used to make children’s clothing flame retardant. Now the Environmental Working Group, a health and environmental advocacy organization, is lobbying for its ban, citing evidence that long-term exposure can have serious respiratory effects. This call to action is a reminder of how many unknown toxins lurk invisibly in our everyday lives, and how it’s up to us to push government regulators to protect those who can’t protect themselves. If you have questions about the safety of products in your own life, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. Find any toxic surprises? Let us know in the comments.