This is a sponsored post on behalf of Seventh Generation and the Toxin Freedom Fighters. All opinions are 100% my own.
I have sensitive skin and asthma, which means I need to be extra careful about what kind of products I have in my home. It’s bad enough dealing with natural allergens like dust, mold and pet hair. But now I’m finding that some of the products I’ve been using to combat these problems actually come with troubles of their own.
Did You Know?
More than 80,000 chemicals available in the United States have never been fully tested for their toxic effects on our health and environment. (source: NRDC)
This is because The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976, and unlike other major environmental laws, has never been updated. As it currently stands, TSCA is
a broken law. As a result, tens of thousands of potentially harmful chemicals continue to be used in the marketplace since the 1970’s without proper testing and without disclosure by the companies that produce them.
Some of these chemicals include:
- Hexane – used in stain removers, spray adhesives and craft paint.
- Methylene Chloride – used in wood floor cleaners, water repellents and spray shoe polish
- Trichloroethylene (TCE) – used in rug cleaners and spot removers
Many of these chemicals are known to cause cancer and other health issues. But TSCA
makes it nearly impossible for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take regulatory action against dangerous chemicals, even those that are known to cause cancer
or other serious health effects. When TSCA became law in 1976, the goal was to ensure the safety of chemicals from manufacture to use and disposal. But weaknesses in the law have left the EPA largely unable to act on known health dangers or require testing on specific chemicals that may be unsafe. Other laws, such as those setting air, water, and workplace
safety standards, do not adequately regulate exposure to most chemicals, nor do they
address the hazards a chemical may pose over its lifecycle.
But, there’s hope for a change!! Seventh Generation is working to push a reform on TSCA which would have all of these chemicals studied and evaluated.
What Does Meaningful Reform Look Like?
- Meaningful Chemical reform should protect the most vulnerable among us, including pregnant women, children, workers and communities who are disproportionately exposed to chemicals.
- Meaningful Chemical reform should require public access to information regarding the safety of chemicals.
- Meaningful Chemical reform must respect the rights of states to protect their residents when the federal government fails to do so.
- Meaningful Chemical reform should require the Environmental Protection Agency to take fast action on the most harmful chemicals and include specific timetables for such regulatory actions.
What Can We Do?
Demand that Congress reevaluate the Toxic Substances Control Act for the
first time since 1976. Visit www.fighttoxins.com to sign the petition.
If we collect 100,000 signatures:
- The Toxin Freedom Fighters will deliver them to Congress on April 30, 2014
- The signatures will strengthen the movement behind chemical reform, and will encourage decision-makers to change the necessary laws
- Seventh Generation will spread awareness about the 37 year-old TSCA and starts conversations about how it fails to protect the health of the general public
About Seventh Generation:
We believe our products are healthy solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people
within your home–and for the community and environment outside of it. As a pioneer in
corporate responsibility, we want our products to make a difference—from their development through to their production, purchase, use, and disposal. We are always evaluating how to reduce their environmental impact, increase performance and safety, and create a more sustainable supply chain. We believe it is our responsibility to set a course for a more mindful way of doing business, where companies act as partners with other stakeholders to create a brighter future for the whole planet. Seventh generation has worked for 25 years towards creating healthy home by delivering plant
derived products using bio-based ingredients.
Were you aware of all the toxins in your house? Which products surprised you the most?