I’ve been blogging about green living since 2008 — which feels almost like a lifetime. Since then, so many of our habits as a family have changed, and we have become much more mindful of the things we put in and on our bodies. As a mom, I am particularly mindful of the things I bring into my home and around my children. And while I fully admit that I don’t always have the time or the money to buy everything green, I absolutely do so when I can. So if families like ours can change their habits, why can’t the government?
What do I mean? I’ll explain.
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976. Since then, 85,000 synthetic chemicals have been introduced into the market since. The problem? The EPA has required testing on less than 10% of those chemicals. Let’s think about what that means.
That means there are approximately 76,500 chemicals — many of which appear in the products many of us use every day — that have never been tested for safety. That is a genuinely disturbing number. Scientists have linked exposure to toxic chemicals that we know about to a ton of health risks, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, asthma, birth defects and reproductive problems. Imagine what could be linked to the chemicals that have never been tested! My own family has enough experience with the C word to know that we don’t ever want to deal with it again or take any unnecessary chances. Think about this:
The EPA has to do better by all of us. And Seventh Generation is calling them to task.
For 25 years, Seventh Gen has offered products made with bio-based ingredients. 25 years is a long time, considering the fact that just a few years ago, it was really difficult to find green products without shopping at specialty stores, online or via a catalog. They have truly been leaders in the green space for a very long time, and it’s the reason I trust their name when I’m shopping for products for my family, including diapers for baby Juliza.
It’s also the reason I have no problem getting behind Seventh Generation’s efforts to drive Seventh Generation is working to drive reform of the TSCA, which would require all of untested chemicals to be studied, evaluated and tested. I don’t know about you, but I hate the idea that I could buy a bottle of lotion, or laundry detergent, or baby wipes and have it contain a chemical with unknown side effects — short term OR long term. That’s unsettling, to say the least.
If you’d like to help, stand up for safer chemicals by visiting FightToxins.com and signing Seventh Generation’s petition. If they get 100,000 signatures, their “Toxin Freedom Fighters” will deliver them all to Congress on April 30. The hope is that having this many Americans call for change will encourage our lawmakers to act and to change the laws regarding toxic chemicals. Because the laws, as they exist today, really don’t protect us. At all.
So be a part of the solution. Sign the petition and call on Congress to do a better job of making sure all of us — and our children — have access to safer, greener products.
Disclosure: I have been compensated by Seventh Generation for spreading the word about their efforts to fight toxic chemicals. As usual, all opinions are completely my own. And I mean it when I say that Seventh Gen is a company I wholeheartedly support. I use their products literally daily.