Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Seventh Generation, but the text, thoughts and worries are my own.
I do my best to shop consciously. I often consider the impact my purchases will make on the environment and my own health.
Since becoming a mom, I’ve become far more aware of the dangers that lurk in the simple things we use every day, such as the chemicals in household cleaners. There are certain brands that make me feel sick after I’ve used them. I don’t use those brands anymore, but it makes me wonder what the heck was in those bottles.
Being in charge of my two boys’ lives is something I don’t take lightly. While I can’t keep them in a bubble (darn it), I can pay attention to what they are exposed to.
Did you know?
We’ve all heard of the dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA), but what about the chemicals we don’t hear about? I was surprised to find out that more than 80,000 chemicals available in the United States have never been fully tested for their toxic effects on our health and environment. 80,000!
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976, and unlike other major environmental laws, has never been updated. I was born in 1976. That’s a long time to leave such an important law dormant. Because of the lack of action, tens of thousands of potentially harmful chemicals continue to be used in the marketplace without proper testing and without disclosure by the companies that produce them.
What’s the risk?
Exposure to toxic chemicals can cause a whole host of health problems. Scientists have linked exposure to toxic chemicals to Cancer, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, asthma, birth defects, and various reproductive problems.
What you can do: Demand that Congress reevaluate the Toxic Substances Control Act for the first time since 1976
I signed the petition for safer chemicals and asked Congress to hold companies responsible for the safety of the ingredients they use. I hope you will join me.
With your help, Seventh Generation will spread awareness about the 37 year-old TSCA and start conversations about how it fails to protect the health of the general public. The goal is for the “Toxin Freedom Fighters” to deliver 100,000 signatures to Congress on April 30, 2014. I hear we are getting close!
In addition to signing the petition, you can also help spread the word about the #FightToxins campaign through your social media network. Seventh Generation has some great images you can share on their FightToxins.com website.
Will you join me to #FightToxins and help spread the word?
For additional background on the TSCA, visit this website.
I wrote this post as part of the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of Mom Bloggers for Social Good members who focus on maternal health, children, hunger, and women and girls. It is part of a 24-hour blog carnival. You can read more newborn health posts on the Global Team of 200 site.