Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Millennial Central for Seventh Generation. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating. Regardless, all opinions are my own.
Ever since my husband’s cancer had come back I started digging deeper into not only the foods we were eating but the products we were using as well. What I was finding out was really disturbing to me. Because we also have three special needs children I was thinking about the impacts these products could be having on them as well. I knew that to be healthier, we needed to start getting away from all these chemicals, and so our eco-friendly journey began!
The eco-friendly journey isn’t always easy. Even still I find myself getting hung up on products that appear to be eco-friendly only to discover they’re not at all. The problem is that chemicals aren’t well-regulated here in the United States. In fact, Congress hasn’t evaluated the Toxic Substances Control Act since 1976! Do you know how much things have changed since then? Our products contain more chemicals and harmful ingredients than they did all those years ago (80,000 more chemicals actually), and reform is well overdue.
That is why I’m teaming up with Seventh Generation to help spread awareness about the importance of chemical reform in the United States.
When I thought about the health concerns our family had and how many chemicals we’re exposed to on a regular basis, I was disturbed to realize how many we have already been exposed to and how that can affect their health, and I knew it was time to make a change. I also determined that I would share my journey with others to help them eliminate toxins in their lives as well because it matters to me. My husband’s battle with cancer is hard, and if I can raise awareness on the importance of ingredients in our products, I may save another family from going through that.
In addition to cancer, scientists have also linked exposure to toxic chemicals to many other health risks such as learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s, asthma, birth defects, and various reproductive problems. Another scary fact? The EPA has required testing on less than 10% of those 80,000 new chemicals introduced to our products since 1976. Chemicals that can do that much harm haven’t even been tested!
It’s important to spread the word about these facts and make small changes every day to rid our homes of toxic chemicals. So where do you start? First, I want to invite you to sign the petition with me. The best way to invoke change is to spread the word about the importance and stand up for it! If we can collect 100,000 signatures (we’re so close!) the Toxin Freedom Fighters will deliver them to Congress on April 30, 2014. Our signatures strengthen this movement and help spread awareness as well!
So how can you make changes in your life? I invite you to check out my Natural/Eco-Friendly Living category for more on our story and how we have made small changes to get to where we are today. It starts with a decision to learn more and take what you learn to move in the right direction. When in doubt ask questions and dig deeper. I know I am always willing to answer questions for those that ask and point to helpful resources! We’re all still on our journey as well, and we can learn together!
Sign the Petition!
Please join the Toxin Freedom Fighters and sign the petition! You can make a difference! Don’t forget to use all of the sharing tools they have available as well!