Off and on I like to blog about measures we take in our family to help reduce our carbon footprint and try to be earth friendly. I continue to believe that small measures like reusable grocery bags, cloth diapering, and recycling can make a huge difference when people join in as a united front.
I've teamed up with Seventh Generation to help spread awareness for chemical reform. The Toxic Substances Control Act was introduced in 1976, and it hasn't been reevaluated since then. The need for reform is strong - more than 80,000 synthetic chemicals have been introduced since the act passed in 1976, but only 10% of those chemicals have been tested by the EPA. We know that toxic chemicals pose many health risks - Alzheimers, learning disabilities, and asthma just to name a few. I have asthma, as does one of my children, and I know from experience that chemicals can be triggers for breathing problems in both of us.
I know I'd love to feel safer about the products I use in my own home. We try to avoid chemicals when possible, being careful to garden without pesticides and using green cleaning products like natural laundry detergent and dishwashing soap. But there are times when I'm unsure about a product, and I'd love to have more information available before I use it in my home.
It's crucial that this major environmental law be updated so that chemicals are subject to testing and disclosure is in place for consumers. Wouldn't you love to see a day when all cleaning products had a disclosure label, so you knew exactly what you were spraying on your rugs or on your windows? You can help! Seventh Generation has a goal of collecting 100,000 signatures by April 24th. Take a moment to click on the badge below and sign the petition. My name is already on the petition - I feel it is so important that we protect our families (and our pets) from sketchy chemicals.
Readers - what kind of earth friendly measures do you like to use in your own home?