Blog Post List
August 26, 2011
After a massive roof tarring project in her community made her family sick, Shelby organized her community to demand safer practices and put an end to the pollution. Penelope lost her child due to a very rare condition linked to estrogenic chemicals, but still persevered and created one of the most important documentaries about toxics to date. Linda challenged an oil and gas processing facility in order to protect the health of her children. Debbie’s son developed severe asthma and life-threatening allergies and she vowed to do what she could to prevent these conditions from happening in...
August 16, 2011
I never thought much about mold , until my first child was born. We came home from the hospital and discovered greenish black mold covered the wall behind the family bed. With a three-day-old baby in my arms, I wasn’t wasting time with testing. My husband and I called the landlord, told him he could keep the security deposit, and we moved in with my father that night. Of course, a brush with mold doesn’t always trigger such rash action. Once I came out of my post-partum, mama bear phase, I felt a little sheepish about giving up our beautiful little cottage—and our security deposit. But recent...
July 25, 2011
Green jobs, safer chemicals, cleaner air – Lisa Jackson is fighting for them all and more as the Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency. And it’s no easy job. As a recent article in the New York Times stated: “No other cabinet officer is in as lonely or uncomfortable a position as Ms. Jackson, who has been left, as one adviser put it, behind enemy lines with only science, the law and a small band of loyal lieutenants to support her. Ms. Jackson describes the job as draining but says there are certain principles she will not compromise, including rapid and vigorous...
July 22, 2011
My daughters love strawberries and pretty much anything made with strawberries. I don't know that I've ever met a kid who doesn't. Do your kids? If they do, I urge you to take two minutes today to help stop a looming toxic legacy. As Heather Pilatic, Co-Director of Pesticide Action Network North America , wrote on the Healthy Child blog this week: More than 80 percent of the nation's strawberries are grown in California and, unless we take action, many of these farms will soon begin using a fumigant (a pesticide injected as a gas to sterilize the soil) known as methyl iodide.The science on...
July 6, 2011
Getting together with friends is great. Getting together with friends for a purpose is even better. With so many important policy initiatives happening across the country at both the state and national level, there's no time like the present to throw a party, have some fun, eat some food, and then help your guests take action. Healthy Child Healthy World has a Healthy Home Party kit that includes tools to help you plan your party, educate your guests, and take action. Over 3,000 people have hosted Healthy Home Parties - what are YOU waiting for? Check out the kit website to see what other...
May 25, 2011
Most moms assume that chemicals used to make everyday products are tested for safety. It's common sense — but they are not. From baby bottles made with bisphenol-A (BPA) to carpets containing formaldehyde, dangerous chemicals are in our homes, and the products we use every day. With each new scientific report linking toxic chemical exposure to a serious health problem, it becomes more obvious that the law intended to keep harmful chemicals in check — the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 — is not working. Now, we have the chance to fix this problem - and moms are taking the lead...
September 9, 2010
Our children are facing an historically unprecedented rise in chronic disease and illness such as cancer, autism, asthma, birth defects, and learning and developmental disabilities. Credible scientific evidence increasingly points to chemicals used in everyday products, building materials, and furnishings as causing and contributing to many of these diseases. Yet, when it comes to de-toxifying our lives, oftentimes parents feel overwhelmed. To make things more manageable, Healthy Child developed the 5 Easy Steps. These steps were identified by our scientific advisors as the fundamental...
September 7, 2010
More and more parents are expressing deep concerns about the quality of food being served in schools. And, many are still unaware that there might be anything to worry about. Healthy Child Healthy World is taking our Eat Healthy program to the next level by joining forces with Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and MomsRising to help propel national efforts to improve school food. Are you interested in helping? The first step is helping us determine what the main concerns of parents are and how to best empower them. We've developed a very short survey and we need to get as many people as possible...
August 24, 2010
The news may be filled with stories of crises and collapse, but through every downfall we are seeing greatness as mothers heed the call for change. As Amie Nelson says in “ How Mothers Can Change the World ,” “ The positive light among us is the growing swell of activism from women formerly in the shadows. From heads of state to soccer moms, mothers around the world are doing incredible work to inspire, educate and engage their communities. Mothers are a force to be reckoned with, by their sheer numbers alone…The promising reality is that mothers are emerging as social advocates and political...
July 9, 2010
The secret is out: the toxic chemicals industry is designing a PR campaign for survival! Bisphenol A in baby bottles, water bottles, and food cans. Formaldehyde in furniture. Phthalates in air fresheners, soft plastics, and fragrances. The manufacturers of these chemicals are not taking the push for regulation lying down (despite their public claims of support for safety). Don’t be duped! View the spoof video the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition created to galvanize public support for Congressional action, and have fun with a pretty serious issue. The characters you will meet in...
April 21, 2010
When I was young, I volunteered for various organizations and I participated in an academic extracurricular group known as the Future Problem Solvers of America, but that was the extent of my adolescent efforts at having a positive impact on the world. I don’t think I had ever heard of anyone young doing something world changing (sheltered child I was) and I certainly didn’t feel empowered to be the first. Today, kids blow my mind and give me enormous hope for the future. Consider just these five: • Adora Svitak , a 12-year-old who is a published author and was the youngest speaker at the TED...
April 1, 2010
In a turn of events not even Nostradamus could foresee, Cal Dooley, President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), today announced that the millions of dollars the industry trade group has been using to lobby against policies that protect public health will now be used instead to research and develop safer chemicals. “We’ve been focusing so much on maintaining the status quo and protecting our profits, that we neglected to notice how our bottom line really relies on the health of consumers,” Dooley said at a press conference outside the ACC headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. “If...
March 4, 2010
It's become so common in our culture to assume we need things - a lot of things. Over-consumption is not only a strain on our bank accounts and environment, it can also be harmful to our health. Whether there's a warning label or not (usually not), many of the things we buy have associated health risks. Here are ten toxic products , in no particular order, that you don't need. And, once you read about them, you probably won't want them either. Be aware that different homes may have different products that are more toxic than these. This is just a basic list of some of the most commonly...
February 4, 2010
A must-see video for anyone who cares about the health and development of children.
January 7, 2010
What’s in your paint, detergent, art supplies, furniture, and textiles? You probably don’t know, since there’s typically no ingredients list on the label. But, even if you wanted to know – you don’t necessarily have the right to know. Even more disturbing, the government agency in charge of regulating the chemicals in these products doesn’t always have the right to know. According to a new report released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), “The public has no access to any information about approximately 17,000 of the more than 83,000 chemicals on the master inventory compiled by the...
December 23, 2009
A few days ago an outrageous column was printed in the Wall Street Journal —it accuses “chemical crusaders” of “ruining Christmas” because we want to put safer regulations on toys. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is expected to vote on lifting the enforcement stay on testing of phthalates on Wednesday. The column is obviously meant to spread doubt, despite the scores of scientific studies and biomonitoring reports that show that phthalates have been linked to serious health problems and hormone disruption. These chemicals are ubiquitous in the bodies of most Americans, including...
November 4, 2009
Just when you thought the BPA battle couldn’t get any more frustrating… Consumer Reports just published a study where they found BPA in food from nearly all cans tested – including those marked “BPA-Free.” Grrrrr. According to the release: “Consumer Reports' latest tests of canned foods, including soups, juice, tuna, and green beans, have found that almost all of the 19 name-brand foods we tested contain some BPA. The canned organic foods we tested did not always have lower BPA levels than nonorganic brands of similar foods analyzed. We even found the chemical in some products in cans that...
August 7, 2009
They say an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure. I wonder what the prevention of 100 million pounds of toxic pollution equals? Can you put a price on not releasing toxics into the environment? Eliminating the need for future clean up? Eliminating the impacts these toxic substances may have on human health? It’s impossible to quantify, but I think it’s crystal clear that preventing pollution is wiser than paying for it later. So, why are pollution prevention programs going under the knife across the US? Case in point: The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) has been helping...
July 28, 2009
How many chemicals are in everyday products? How much of them do we make every year? What could they do to the environment and health? No one knows and no one's really trying to find out, but we can put an end to the idiocy.
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