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A lot of us were babies ourselves - or not even born yet - when the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976. And now that we’re trying be good parents by protecting our own children, it’s shattering to discover that this 37-year-old law has allowed 62,000 chemicals to remain on the market, and another 22,000 chemicals to be introduced without being fully tested for their toxic effects on our children’s health or on their environment.
We’ve figured out how to protect our kids from germs, from overexposure to the sun, even from the bully in day care. But how do we protect their health and their future when TSCA makes it virtually impossible for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take action against dangerous chemicals?
Possibly the most heartbreaking news for parents trying to keep their children safe is that experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report finding 300 toxic chemicals in the umbilical cords of newborns -- including chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, respiratory disease and other health hazards.
And the worst part about having toxic chemicals in consumer products? We just don’t need them. There are effective alternatives. Seventh Generation has been using green chemistry and plant-based ingredients for more than 25 years, working hard to make products that get the job done with none of the “iffy” ingredients.
So what can parents do to protect their children from harmful chemicals? Read labels, question ingredients, and join us.
Support the Campaign for a Toxin Free Generation by signing this petition.
Help protect your children by working to change the system that allows needless exposure to toxic chemicals. And spread the word to every friend, relative, parent, and business associate you know. Help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures and strengthen the movement behind chemical reform. We’re headed to Congress at the end of April to demand that decision-makers change the necessary laws so every parent can truly protect their children.