October 23rd, 2012

I Stand With Kids, Not Toxic Chemicals

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Groovy Green Livin no to toxic chemcials

Toxic chemicals are everywhere. As parents most of us do our best to keep our kids safe, but unfortunately it’s not always easy or within our control. Our kids are exposed to toxic chemicals on a daily basis through a variety of consumer products found in our homes. This is unacceptable. If you’ve been a Groovy Green Livin follower for a bit you know that this is an issue I care about and I write about often.

Stand up for kids not toxic chemicals

Groovy Green Livin no toxic chemicalsToday I’m joining forces with Safer Chemicals Healthy Families and people across the country to ask our Congressional candidates to stand up for kids NOT Big Chemical! Toxic chemicals are found in so many consumer products that are in our homes-toys, lunch boxes, even Halloween costumes. Through these products and many others kids and their families are exposed to toxic chemicals like lead, pthalates, cadmium, and formaldehyde. Studies have shown a direct link  between toxic chemicals and childhood cancer, early puberty, infertility and learning and developmental disabilities. This can’t go on.

Girls and boys starting puberty much earlier than before

We already know that girls are maturing at a younger age, with many starting to develop breasts as early as age 7 or 8. Just this week research was released showing American boys are showing signs of starting puberty six months to two years earlier than they did 30 to 40 years ago.

Today people across the country will be contacting their Congressional candidates to ask them to stand up for the Safer Chemicals agenda. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican, Democrat or undecided-this issue affects all of us!

Healthy Families Day of Action: Here’s how you can help

  • Ask all candidates to stand up for the Safe Chemicals Act and say NO to Big Chemical by signing this letter.
  • Write a letter to the editor to your local newspaper calling on all candidates to support protections from toxic chemicals. Tips for writing a letter can be found here.
  • Share Safer Chemical Healthy Families action materials via social media.  Head over to their Facebook page or find them on Twitter and share our action links and images that state “I stand with kids, not Big Chemical!”

As parents it’s our responsibility to advocate for our children since they don’t have a voice.  We have a voice – it’s a collective voice that can be used in a very powerful way to effectuate change. Remember that any small action you make can and will make a difference.

Will you join me in this Healthy Families Day of Action? I’m hoping you will!

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11 Responses to “I Stand With Kids, Not Toxic Chemicals”

  1. What a great post, thanks for sharing Lori. I agree, early puberty in boys and girls is scary, we have got to get hormone disrupting chemicals out of our products and homes (and kids!) It’s a long fight, but I’m with you in taking action on toxics!

  2. It’s a tragedy that chemicals are negatively affecting human, animal and plant life so negatively. We have little need for toxins.
    Jennifer recently posted..Zero Waste Philosophy – Rethinking How We Dispose of TrashMy Profile

  3. I’m glad that you are taking a stand and letting people know about these issues! They are so important, and I agree that it’s our job to advocate for our kids.
    Becki recently posted..Thank You LordMy Profile

  4. Having worked in the chemical industry I find chemicals to be intensely terrifying. It can be so overwhelming for parents to even think about where to start when they want to protect their kids from toxins. Thanks for always sharing informative information on this subject. I think you are making it easier for parents to take steps to reduce the chemicals they are exposed to.
    Jen recently posted..Blissdom…..Nailed ItMy Profile

  5. Hi Jen, I didn’t realize you were in the chemical industry in your past life. I’m sure you have some insight that the rest of us don’t have. Even as an outsider to the chemical industry it’s beyond frightening how toxic so many of them are and that they can still end up in our products.

  6. Thanks Becki for your comment and supporting such an important issue.

  7. We have no need for toxins Jennifer! It really is a sad and unacceptable situation that toxins end up in so many of our products.

  8. You are so welcome Lindsay! Thank you so much for organizing this day of action. I know you’re with me! Our collective voices will make a difference.

  9. I worked at the worlds largest chemical company for 5 years so I think my perspective is a bit different. I know the company I worked for put a lot of effort and money into reducing their impact and it was an ongoing objective of the entire company every single year. But I know that this is not the norm in the industry. I worked in the environment health and safety department so I knew all the impacts of the chemicals on the environment and employees. That is what is scary….the controls that are in place to keep things safe…wouldn’t it be nice if people didn’t have to wear respirators when handling something that goes into products we use every day.
    Jen recently posted..Blissdom…..Nailed ItMy Profile

  10. Thanks Jen for bringing such a unique perspective to all of this. Yes, it would be wonderful if respirators weren’t needed.

  11. […] at Groovy Green Livin’ – We already know that girls are maturing at a younger age, with many starting to develop […]

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I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. I like to make noise and stir the pot especially when an issue hits home and effects the health of our families. Join me as I make some noise and share along the way tips for living a green and healthy life. Read more.

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