I participated in a Virtual Baby Party with Seventh Generation and The Motherhood. I received products but all opinions are 100% my own.
We love Seventh Generation and all the great work that they do with safe product options. Whether it's cleaning or baby products. We had an amazing Virtual Party the other day with Seventh Generation, Stonyfield and Healthy Child. They shared this video that really captures the amazing things that are changing or need to be changed.
Why care about chemicals?
- There are more than 80,000 chemicals registered for use in the U.S., but comprehensive pre-market safety testing of these chemicals is not required under any federal law.
- In the European Union (EU), 1,328 chemicals have been banned for use in personal care products. In the U.S., only 11 chemicals have been banned or restricted by the FDA.
- Scientific evidence continues to point to the chemicals we are exposed to in our daily lives as causing or contributing to the rise in childhood behavioral disorders and diseases.
- Cancer is now the leading cause of child-related death in the U.S., exceeded only by injury.
- The primary U.S. law that regulates chemicals in everyday products hasn’t been updated in more than 35 years.
Um, do you see what I see? Yet again our country is so far behind in making sure we are safe. Companies cut corners in order to turn a profit but consumers are starting to stand up for themselves and put their feet down in protest against these products. The FDA needs to stop the corporate “turn the blind eye” and start doing what's right. This fight reaches beyond our baby, cleaning products. It's in the way we package our food. Genetically modified food also.
Kids are even more susceptible to the risks of chemical exposures than adults; their smaller body size and rapid physical development make them more vulnerable to exposure to pesticide residues and other chemicals. Studies have shown that children begin environmental chemical exposure while still in the womb. I learned this while I was pregnant with Peanut. It's scary.
I wanted to share these great tips with you because we have started implementing them in our house also.
Healthy Child, Healthy World offers five simple, affordable actions families can take daily at home to decrease chemical exposure:
1. Take off your shoes at the door: 85 percent of the dirt in our homes is tracked inside on the bottom of our shoes. It’s not just dirt, but toxics like lead, pesticides, gasoline residue and more. Keep your home safer by taking off your shoes. It’s the public health equivalent of washing your hands.
2. Buy safer body care: Children are exposed to an average of 27 care product ingredients on a daily basis that have not been found safe for developing bodies. Protect your family’s health by avoiding products with ingredients like parabens, synthetic fragrances & triclosan. For a list of most-toxic offenders, download our free eBook, “Easy Steps to a Healthy & Safe Nursery.”
3. Open a window: People spend about 90 percent of their time inside, but indoor air is typically far more polluted than outside. So, open those windows! Even a few minutes a day can improve indoor air quality.
4. Eat more whole foods: Processed foods may be convenient, but they’re also loaded with sweeteners, artificial flavors and colorings, and synthetic preservatives. These lack nutrients and many are also linked to health issues like ADHD and even cancer.
5. Ban the can: Bisphenol-A (BPA), a hormone disruptor that has been linked to everything from obesity to cancer, is in the plastic resin that lines most canned goods—from soups to sodas. Look for foods packaged in glass or eat fresh, dried, and frozen options.
For more easy steps, visit www.healthychild.org/easysteps
We love Seventh Generations baby line. Their wipes are my favorite. They clean so well. Start label reading. Stop buying the crap you can't pronounce. If enough families stand up and stop buying the brands that contain cancer causing poisons they will start changing their formulas. Making them safer.