Thank you to Seventh Generation for sponsoring this post, and bringing this very important matter to my attention.
If you have been reading Happy Mothering for long, you will know that I am a huge label reader, and I’m very particular about the products that I allow into my home. I have spent a lot of time researching ingredients and chemicals so that I can make the best choices for my family’s health.
What you may not know is the reason that so many harmful ingredients are allowed into our personal care and cleaning products. In 1976, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed, and it hasn’t been updated since.
What that means is that since 1976, 85,000 synthetic chemicals have been introduced into the market, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has only required testing to be done on fewer than 10% of them! So, there are more than 80,000 chemicals circulating in products in the United States that have never been tested to see how they affect our health and our environment. Scary!
We have a right to know how different chemicals affect our health and, until we do, these chemicals should not come into contact with our families. It’s just not worth the risk. Scientists have linked exposure to toxic chemicals to many health risks, such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, asthma, birth defects and various reproductive problems. I don’t want that for myself or my family.
We need to take action to protect our families and our environment. Will you help me?
We need to band together and demand Congress to re-evaluate the TSCA for the very first time since 1976. We need to collect 100,000 signatures so that the Toxin Freedom Fighters can deliver them to Congress on April 30, 2014.
This is an opportunity for you to stand up and demand better for your family.