About Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
We are a dynamic and unique campaign working to protect American families from toxic chemicals. Our coalition includes over 450 organizations and businesses working together to reform out of date federal policies on toxic chemicals, educating the public about the dangers of toxic chemicals in consumer products and working with retailers to move the market towards safer materials.
I am a Great Lakes enthusiast; in fact my love of the lakes is one of the driving forces that led me to this work. I spend my summer vacation on Lake Superior, took frequent camping trips along the North Shore of Superior in college, and have enjoyed friend’s weddings along the banks of Lake Michigan.
There’s something about the Great Lakes that hooks us. Whether or not you live in a Great Lakes state, if you’ve experienced their beauty you know how important it is to protect them.
That’s why dozens of Great Lakes organizations have come together to ask the nation’s top ten retailers to protect these valuable resources from toxic chemical pollutants. As part of the letter to retailers, the organizations attached a new fact sheet highlighting some of the new science around toxic chemical pollutants in the Great Lakes, including the nasty “PBT” chemicals that stay in the environment, to “emerging contaminants” like Triclosan, which are rapidly rising as Great Lakes pollutants.
Just when you thought you weren't depressed enough with the 24 hour news cycle regurgitating nonstop stories about the failure of our government to do anything, it can actually get worse—when you witness it first hand for the very first time. Yes, Stupid Cancer went to Washington and this is my comedy of terrors.
Wednesday was a big day. For the first time this year, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee discussed what it will take to pass strong laws on toxic chemicals. So, why was this Congressional hearing such a big deal?
In May, Senator Vitter and the late Senator Lautenberg introduced a bi-partisan bill to reform our federal law on toxic chemicals. The bill as drafted, has serious flaws, but provided a rare political breakthrough against deep partisan gridlock. Today’s hearing was the first discussion on a path forward since the compromise bill was introduced.
What a day! Today was a marathon, six hour long hearing in the Senate on a path forward on toxic chemicals.
We hosted a twitter chat which was full of rich discussion, questions and experts from across the country.
You can see highlights from the first part of the twitter chat here.
This morning was a whirlwind of fun on Twitter! During the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on toxic chemicals, we led a twitter chat highlighting some of the key points made throughout the hearing and answered questions.
I was inspired to see how many people took time out of their busy day to tune in to the hearing and join our online conversation. We had several experts tweeting including our coalition partners at the Breast Cancer Fund, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, League of Conservation Voters and more.
Have you seen that SC Johnson commercial that’s on 24/7? The one about how they’re a family company committed to “honesty” and “transparency,” and that’s why they disclose all ingredients right down to fragrance? (Except that they don’t actually tell you which fragrance ingredients are in products…)
We spoofed it.
Tackling part of the obesity epidemic through better chemical regulation We are hearing a lot about obesity these days. More people are obese than ever—one-third of American children and two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. The American Medical Association has declared that obesity is now a disease. While some disagree with the designation of […]
“Out of the hottest fire comes the strongest steel.” Chinese Proverb The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent asbestos victims’ organization in the U.S., is pleased to join other NGOs in the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Family coalition’s mission to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the principal federal law governing the use […]
Find Out Which Brands are Leading on PFCs (Photo credit: Kim Howell Photography) About fifteen years ago, I remember marveling at a pair of khakis being sold at Old Navy as “stain and water resistant.” How cool, I thought, I can be impervious to rain and pizza sauce forever! I think I bought three pair […]