In my work with the Environmental Working Group (EWG), I really focus on two key pieces of legislation, The Safe Cosmetics Act and The Safe Chemicals Act. Both of these acts focus on banning a number of known toxic chemicals in items we use everyday. Several years ago my father, son and I participated in the first intergenerational toxic body burden test. What I found out is that each of us had high level of toxins present in all of our systems for seemingly one reason or another. While The Safe Cosmetics Act focuses on the cosmetic industry, like the prevalence of lead in red lipsticks, The Safe Chemicals Act addresses everyday household items.
The EWG considers this bill a top priority and hopes the Senate Environment and Public Works committee will support this important legislation. If passed the Safe Chemicals Act will require stricter standards for toxic chemicals.
Many commonly used household cleaning products contain toxins and carcinogens that pose serious health threats to you and your family. Research by the EPW Committee shows that the Center for Disease Control found an astonishing 212 industrial chemicals flowing through Americans’ bodies. This appalling number can be attributed to the many harmful ingredients in daily household items, and this is an issue that needs to be handled immediately.
The proposed Safe Chemicals Act bill will crack down on these harsh chemicals by raising the standard for what ingredients are allowed to be shelved. With less toxic chemicals in the products we use everyday, our homes will become safer environments for our children and loved ones. The need for this bill is urgent seeing as more and more children are developing infections from these toxins every day. Make your voice heard by contacting your local representative to push for the Safe Chemicals Act.