Chemical reform is such an important cause in my family, so I am participating in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Seventh Generation. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating.
In 1976, I was four years old. That year Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford for the presidency. The Best Picture award at the Oscar’s went to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. NASA introduced the first space shuttle. The first installment of Rocky was released in theatres. It was also the year that scientists first discovered that the chemicals found in aerosol spray cans were putting a nice sized whole in our ozone layer.
We’ve come a long way since 1976, when the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was first passed. For instance, we now know more about harmful BPA in plastics and toys. Research has linked toxic chemical exposure to health risks, such as various Cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, learning disabilities, asthma, birth defects, and even various reproductive problems.
To put it simply, the thought of what could be lurking in conventional food and household products scares me. A researcher by nature, I read all the reports about the additives and chemicals we come in contact with regularly. They are alarming, to say the least. Yet even though we try to be careful about what we purchase, there are still items that get by us or are out of our control.
There are over 80,000 chemicals are currently available for use in the consumer marketplace, the overwhelming majority of which have not been tested for their impacts on human health and the environment. In fact, less than 10% of the synthetic chemicals used in common household products are tested.
That needs to change.
Let’s help reform the Toxic Substances Control Act. Let’s bring it out of the land of bellbottoms and up to date. Let’s make the world a safer place.
Now through April 24th, Seventh Generation seeking 100,000 signatures needed to create meaningful reform and ensure that all synthetic chemicals used in everyday products are studied, evaluated, and tested.
Here’s how you can help:
- Learn more by visiting the Natural Resources Defense Council website.
- Sign the petition to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act at https://fighttoxins.com/.
- Once you have signed the petition, share it with your friends via email, on Facebook or on Twitter. Use the hashtag #FightToxins in all your social media.
- You can also send a tweet or call to your local senators letting them know that it is important to you that they participate in this reform.
- Join us for a #FightToxins Twitter Party on Thursday, April 10th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET to chat about tips and tricks for living a healthy, green lifestyle as well as the importance of using products with as few chemicals as possible.
The very thought of inadvertently putting pesticides, hormones, or chemicals in my own body or in my children is so scary. I am grateful that there are companies are that recognize this and that it is getting easier to find great organic products and chemical-free alternatives on store shelves. Let’s work together to make sure that we can eliminate this fear for good.
Disclosure: I’ve teamed up with Seventh Generation to help spread awareness about the importance of chemical reform in the United States. Seventh Generation offers a range of environmentally sustainable household and personal care products and does not use any unnecessary or toxic chemicals in its production.