Safer Chemicals Healthy Families
The ability to create a child is one cherished by parents, and we must ensure that young boys have the opportunity to have a child in the future if they so choose. The health and safety of young boys, our future fathers, is a paramount concern for all families.
Launched in 2009, the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition runs the national campaign to protect public health from toxic chemicals in everyday products. If you or anyone you know is interested in interning with us we’d love to hear from you! Check out our internships.
When Safer Chemicals Healthy Families held our Stroller Brigade for Safer Chemicals in Washington DC, we brought hundreds of parents, kids, educators, environmental justice leaders and health care professionals to Capitol Hill to put a human face on the need for reform of the 37 year old Toxic Substances Control Act.
When I sit on my couch to read a book or watch a movie, I’m looking for comfort, not cancer. As we’ve reported in the past, the majority (85%) of couches tested in the U.S. contain one or more toxic flame retardants, some of which are linked to cancer, neurological and hormonal harm. In a new series in Times Square, we’re running several ads to highlight the important role retailers must play in solving this toxic chemical mess.
Retailers have the power to make substantial improvements in public health and safety, and with that power comes a moral obligation, a corporate social responsibility. Many of the retailers have gotten started, but they need to do more. And because they care about their customers, you can help them along.
In 2012, HealthyStuff.org tested both the hoses and the water that sat in a hose for a few days. Our test data showed that the plastic additives in PVC hoses, including phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA), leach out of the hose and into the water. When we lab tested the water, we found additives at levels many times higher than drinking water.
As a busy mom with two kids under three, my time is limited. Going to the store with one or both of my kids is a challenge, even when they are on their best behavior. When my two year-old is hungry and my infant is overtired, it’s a major accomplishment just to make it to the checkout line. It’s not realistic to think I—or any other busy mother—can sort out which products contain chemicals that put my kids at risk while I’m busy caring for them.
New report finds over 5,000 children’s products contain hazardous chemicals
In just a matter of a week there have been significant advances on our quest to kick toxic chemicals to the curb.
Actress and mother, Jennifer Beals, has joined Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families in Washington D.C. this week to urge Congress to pass the Safe Chemicals Act. I had time to sit down with Jennifer to talk about why she cares about this important issue.