Thursday, April 3, 2014

#Sponsored #FightToxins - Join Seventh Generation - Awareness & Action Can Create Positive Change!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. It is a cause I believe in.

"Seventh Generation: Caring Today for Seven Generations of Tomorrows"



What's Going On?
There is a lot of talk today about chemicals and other toxins in our lives.  Thank goodness for the awareness, which I believe can and does lead to positive change, but did you know according to Seventh Generation, that over 80,000 chemicals available in the United States alone have never been fully tested for their toxic effects on our health and/or environment. Crazy, right??

You would think there are laws in place to help prevent such madness, and there are, but the most major one, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed way back in 1976 and reportedly has not been updated since. TSCA makes it difficult for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take action against companies introducing harmful toxins, and failing to provide disclosures, even against items known to cause cancer or other detrimental health effects. It should be noted too, that effects that are tested, are often not tested for long-term exposure risks.



Meaningful Legislation
Seventh Generation is pushing for meaningful legislation that would protect everyone, but most especially those among us who are vulnerable (pregnant women, children, and/or persons regularly exposed to chemicals via their job).

Meaningful legislation would also:

  • Require public access to information regarding the safety of chemicals.
  • Respect the right of states to protect their residents when the federal government cannot (or will not).
  • Require EPA to take fast action with accountable timelines when the most harmful chemicals are involved.

The discussion of meaningful legislation is imperative here, because simply introducing legislation, such as the proposed Chemical Safety Improvement Act (S.1009) is not the right track to take. If the legislation is not meaningful per the terms above, it could serve to do more harm than good, even if the intentions of it are in the right place.



Seventh Generation
Seventh Generation is a company that backs their talk by walking the environmentally-friendly walk. Pioneers in corporate responsibility, they partner with other businesses to help find and incorporate ways to a healthier planet for everyone.  

From the development stage, to the disposal stage, and every scenario in between, Seventh Generation creates products designed to be better. Sustainability, performance, safety, impact, and last but certainly not least, environmental impact are always considered, and very carefully so, for each and every product they make and distribute. 

Having been in business for the last 25 years, Seventh Generation can now be considered an expert in knowing how to create plant-derived products, using bio-based ingredients.  They are irrefutably, a company who cares.




Action 
Seventh Generation, along with their Toxic Freedom Fighters, plan to continue their campaign to raise awareness about the 80,000 + synthetic chemicals that have been released since the Toxic Substances Control Act was released in 1976 (of which the EPA was required to test less than 10%).

They also intend to continue to publicly expose the risks of chemicals and toxins that have been scientifically linked to such things as Cancer, Alzheimer's, reproductive problems, and various disabilities and learning problems.

And they hope to exact change by demanding Congress reevaluate the TSCA for the first time since 1976!

Seventh Generation is currently in the process of collecting 100,000 signatures that the Toxic Freedom Fighters will present to Congress on April 30, 2014. The signatures are meant to strengthen the reform efforts, and encourage action to be taken to update and revise current laws.

What You Can Do
  • Yours can be one of the signatures collected.
  • You can help spread the word.

There are big risks that accompany chemicals we are using every single day, in any and all aspects of our lives. Why is that even true?    

Luckily, there is hope. If we pull together and take the right steps, we will find ourselves on the right road to helping create a safer, cleaner environment for us, for our children, and for the children of many generations to come.

I was happy to sign the petition. There were 81,309 signatures when I signed.

If you would like to be a part of this movement,  
click the following to sign your name on the petition  (electronically): http://bit.ly/1dmbZwn
if it is a cause you believe in, be sure to spread the word.

76 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

I love that Seventh Generation is stepping up like this to help raise awareness! They are a great company!

Guavalicious said...

It's sad how few people realize what a problem this is. Thanks for helping Seventh Generation spread the word!

Lindsey Paris said...

The new ad campaigns for Seventh Gen are so cute!! I'm behind them 100%.

Jaredamy said...

I think this is an issue that many people do not even think about!! I am all for all natural products for my family.

Elephant's Child said...

What a great cause - and sadly there is a world wide need for it.

Liz Mays said...

It's really disconcerting that companies are so powerful as to make it difficult to be regulated. :( Thank goodness some companies step up even when they're not required!

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

So glad to hear that Seventh Generation is doing this. It's like we need to go back to our cleaning roots!

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

These pesky toxins are everywhere, especially in our foods. Yuck! Glad that there are still ethical companies that do the right thing

Izzy Grey said...

I'm really torn on this, one one hand, yes some chemicals can cause lasting effects...but on the other, not all chemicals automatically mean EVERYONE IS GOING TO DIE OF CANCER.

There area lot of sanitizers we use in the Dairy industry that kill some extremely dangerous organisms found in raw milk. There is no way I want to see those go away.

Hanan said...

I've always liked Seventh Generation, not only for their products but for their dedication in environment things like this. Happy to share their petition.

Sandra McCollum said...

I like this product and get it now, I like the campaign.

Unknown said...

I love to see companies that are making it easier to stay clean and healthy.

Scott said...

I signed the petition as well! Thanks for the link!

becca said...

I like that this company is stepping up to help keep things clean and safe. Very cool.

Camille Griffiths said...

Will sign and share!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

This is an extremely important cause, and I will happily sign the petition, but to be honest, I'm dubious that it will be enough to spur Congress to take action. Too many politicians are overly concerned about corporations and their fiscal success to care about how the acts... and byproducts... of those companies is negatively effecting the populace.

Erica Buteau said...

I love Seventh Generation. I appreciate what they are doing to keep families safe!

Ann Jones said...

My youngest had skin allergies and I used seventh generation laundry detergent on his clothes when he was younger. They have great products!

Ashley B. said...

I love the Seventh Generation brand. It's great to see all the support they are giving out to certain areas- especially when it comes to family.

valmg said...

It's great to see companies trying to make a difference. Not just in the environment, but with their products.

GayNYCDad said...

It just stinks to think about it. Especially when you have a kid.We are killing our own planet. I am glad this stuff is trying to turn things around, go 7th Gen!

bxcrochet said...

I just 7th Generation products for all of my daughters things.

Michelle F.

Pam said...

I like using 7th Generation whenever possible. My kids have asthma and allergies and can be sensitive to chemicals.

Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) said...

What a great campaign. I hope they can drive awareness about the issues of chemicals in our cleaning products.

Amber Killmon said...

This is such a great campaign. I love 7th Generation products.

Dawn Lopez said...

I've always loved Seventh Generation products, so happy they have so many great products to choose from. So many toxins, this is a great cause! Thanks for sharing!

Kung Phoo said...

They really need to get this right.. 300 before we are even born?? that is insane!

Rachael Ebner said...

I try to use natural cleaners when possible. We do use some Seventh Generation products in our home.

Pat Hatt said...

They use them as they are cheap and they can get away with it, have to stop the exposure indeed

Lisa said...

Seventh Generation Rocks This Is Great To Bring Awareness Love It!

BrettBMartin said...

They really are just adorable. But so powerful too. Definitely gives more oomph to the messages

Ai Sakura said...

The statistics are just crazy!! Good on you for raising awareness on this xo

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Woman Tribune said...

It is inconceivable how we are hit with 300 different toxins before we're even born. Just amazing and terrible all at the same time. I have long been a fan of Seventh Generation and their products.

Jinxy and Me said...

Im glad to see more effort made to promote natural cleaners and reduce chemicals. I have been trying to do it in our house too.

Young At Heart Mommy said...

I've been using Seventh Generation products since I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. I love everything they make. I love that they are doing their part to raise awareness.

marybeth @ BabySavers said...

81000 signatures is quite impressive! Good for you for spreading the word!

Anonymous said...

It is crazy to think about how many toxins we come into contact with daily. That number for before we are born is terrifying. I love Seventh Generation for trying to change that.

Brian Miller said...

we def need to be smart and make sure we support companies that are willing to make things safe for the environment and for our families and not cut corners.....

Veronica Lee said...

Such a great cause! Isn't it scary that we're hit with so many toxins daily?
Thank you so much for spreading the word. You are rockin' AWESOME!

Joshua Infantado said...

We really need to make sure that we’re offering a safe environment not only to our children but also to the future generation. It is really crazy when you think about how exposed we are to too many toxins without us even knowing it. I appreciate the effort made by this company. Thanks for sharing! :)

Annie said...

What a great sounding company! Kudos to them for helping such a great cause :)

Blue Grumpster said...

Sounds like a pretty good cause to me. Speaking of chemicals.... yesterday I saw this woman on TV... She is addicted to drinking nail polish. CLICK if you can, you know, stomach it.

Petro Neagu said...

I'm a big supporter too, I signed the petition. I hope they'll manage to reach their goal which is also our goal.

Christie C said...

I sign up. Really easy and takes only a few seconds!

Krystal Butherus said...

I love this brands products. I signed the petition as well. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Ugh. America is going to hell in a handbasket. We need to stop favoring big money and do what is right. Our nation could be much better overall if money wasn't the real ruling power here. It is astonishing how high the numbers of toxins going unreported, untested and winding up in our every day lives are. I hope we can get an update to this act that will greatly reduce those numbers.

Mama to 5 said...

Love this brand especially their diapers! I use their cleaners quite a bit too!

Monica said...

Hey Rosie ! I'm so happy to see you spreading the word about this! We LOVE seventh generation - use all their products and my babies wore thier diapers. We all need to care more about our environmental health and our collective health!

xx

Paul Pietrangelo said...

I received a phone call last night from my neighbor asking if I wanted to buy tickets for his grandson's fundraiser for they found has leukemia stage 4. Of course I;m going. How come these little children are getting these deadly diseases?
Have a good warm sunny day. See ya.

Paul

Tracey said...

Toxins are everywhere. It's so important to be aware. Thanks for this post, it contained great info!

Marni Mutrux said...

I love Seventh Generation and use their products for clothes dish and washing machines. This is a great cause!

Amanda & Jenni said...

I love Seventh Generation! Great post w/ lots of important info!

Heather Jones said...

Thanks for sharing this Rosey! I signed the petition! We need to change this and live in a less toxic world!

Kristi Maloney said...

Wow, who knew that over 80,000 chemicals have not been tested for their safety - not a settling thought. I am going to head over and sign the petition as well. Thanks for sharing.

Teresa McCluskey said...

Talk about a love of chemicals! I need to start looking into these things more!

Lisa Codina said...

Love to hear that they are stepping up! It's so scary and frustrating to think that all these toxins and chemicals are found in EVERYthing around us, especially in what we ingest!

Cindy Batchelor said...

Love seventh generation products! They are amazing and effective!

Natasha Mairs said...

Thanks for this post an helping raise awareness of this. We really need to do something about this

Debra Rutt said...

It's great that Seventh Generation is stepping up. We've been eliminating toxins from our home and find their products work great.

Lawna Noe said...

I signed the petition last week. Seventh Generation is one of my favorite brands for my famly.

Christy Maurer said...

It is so scary how many toxins we are constantly exposed to. It's no wonder the world is so sick. I know that our lives are much more convenient than they used to be but at what price. I'd love to try out Seventh Generation ...just wish it was a bit more reasonably priced here.

Marielle Altenor said...

The idea that we are exposed to so many chemicals before we are even born is SCARY!! We need to get this petition here in Montreal!!

Anonymous said...

I use this brand often. It's the only one that I think smells good.

Leslee said...

Chemicals do have their place. They need to be used responsibly, however.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I have never used Seventh Generation before, but I can totally get behind a company that is stepping up to ensure safety for everyone. I will be signing the petition as well as looking for their products in our stores from now on!

Mina Slater said...

I think it's great that Seventh Generation is being so involved. It's such an important topic and I'll be signing the petition.

Katherine Phillips said...

I have been wanting to try seventh generation products for awhile now. I hear nothing but good things about them.

Aisha Kristine Chong said...

This seems an awesome campaign - great!

Le-an Lai Lacaba said...

Awareness can lead to protection and prevention. Thank you for all the info. Definitely learned something!

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

Toxins in my body are one of the reasons I have candida and who knows what else. Great campaign.

Healy Harpster said...

I do my best to keep ourselves healthy and chemical free by buying organics. I bought some of the seventh generation producs before and I loved it! It is always nice to know that there is a company out there that really cares about our health.

alissa apel said...

There are so many toxins out there!

Christina Shirley said...

Love this! I've already signed the petition!

Cassie Tucker said...

I love this campaign! We've recently started switching over to more natural cleaners in our house and talking to our friends about doing the same.

Zoƫ B said...

This is really important work. Thanks for supporting this. Every human being has the right to know what products are toxic and to make educated choices so they can buy products that are safe and good for their health.

Stefani @ MommyEnterprises.com said...

I am in support of this too! I have been buying eco-friendly products for about a decade now!