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Are you aware of the dangerous chemicals in your home? Did you know that these toxic chemicals are often hidden in places you wouldn’t expect to find them? Sure, we all know that there are probably chemicals in the garage, maybe in our garden shed, and possibly in our household cleaners. Did you know that you can also find them in toys and other children’s products, personal care items, furniture, electronics, food and beverage containers, building materials, fabrics, and car interiors?
Dangerous Chemicals in Your Home
Did you know that there are more than 80,000 chemicals available in the United States that have never been fully tested for their toxic effects on our health and environment? Scientists have linked exposure to toxic chemicals to many health risks including Cancer, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, asthma, birth defects, and reproductive problems.
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976 but unlike other major environmental laws, has never been updated. As it currently stands today, 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.
This is completely unacceptable. If a product in my home contains a toxic chemical, I want to know about it. If my family is exposed to one of these dangerous toxins, I have the right to be aware so that I can choose to limit exposure. People need to be aware that of the 80,000 synthetic chemicals introduced into the market since the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976, the EPA has required testing on less than 10%.
I try to take little steps to reduce exposure to dangerous chemicals. Using toxic free products is just one way I try to be more eco-friendly. When I buy cleaners, I make sure to choose all natural cleaners. I look for personal care products that use high quality natural ingredients. I garden starting with organic plants using soil that hasn’t had dangerous chemicals added to it. I try to avoid bringing chemicals into the house in any form.
I want these dangerous chemicals to be fully tested before being used in products to determine the impact on people as well as our environment. I think that products should be identified prominently as having toxic chemicals once they have been approved. I don’t want to have to search the tiny print to find it.
I’ve teamed up with Seventh Generation to help spread awareness about the importance of chemical reform in the United States. Seventh Generation has worked for 25 years toward creating a healthy home by delivering plant derived products using bio-based ingredients. You can help Seventh Generation reach its goal of collecting 100,000 Signatures by April 24th by signing the petition for chemical reform and urging your friends and family to do the same!
If you would like to help, please click on the badge and sign the petition for chemical reform.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.