Tampax and Always: Detox the Box campaign

Toxic chemicals don’t belong in pads and tampons. Period

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Women’s Voices Earth work to eliminate toxic chemicals that harm women’s health by changing consumer behaviors, corporate practices & government policies.

Women’s Voices for the Earth November 2013 Chem Fatale report found toxic chemicals commonly used in feminine care products like pads and tampons. ” Unfortunately, because pads and tampons are regulated as “medical devices” and not “personal care products,” companies aren’t required by law to disclose any of the ingredients used in these products. We know that Procter & Gamble, makers of Tampax and Always, uses some toxic fragrance chemicals – and we have a right to know what else they’re using in pads and tampons. ”

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The “Mind the Store” Campaign

Video by SaferChemicals’s channel, 2013

Mind the Store is the campaign from Safer Chemicals Healthy Families that works with retailers on moving the marketplace away from toxic chemicals.
Video by SaferChemicals’s channel, Published on 10 Jul 2013.


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Will Congress finally pass Laws that restrict Toxic Chemicals in our EveryDay Products?

Should We Count on Companies to Protect Us From Toxic Chemicals?

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Jeanne Rizzo is President and CEO of the Breast Cancer Fund.

” … Some retail and manufacturing giants are abandoning toxic chemicals in personal care and other products in favour of safer ingredients.

This market shift is a direct response to mounting scientific evidence of harm from chemical exposure and to a groundswell of consumer demand spurred by groups like the BreastCancerFund‘s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, SaferChemicalsMind the Store campaign, SafeCosmetics action alerts and many others. 

But peek behind this story of voluntary corporate action and you’ll see a federal system that is failing to protect the public from toxic chemicals in our everyday products; a government so stymied that its work on chemicals management has been easily eclipsed by a handful of companies making a few corporate policy changes... ”

Read Should We Count on Companies to Protect Us From Toxic Chemicals? by Jeanne Rizzo, President and CEO of the Breast Cancer Fund, 01/09/2014

Food Contact Materials and Human Health

Food packaging chemicals may be harmful to human health over long term, will epidemiologists rise to the neotoxic challenge?

Packaged burger and chips in contact with plastic packaging
Chemicals leaching into food from packaging raise safety concerns – image via @guardian

The synthetic chemicals used in the packaging, storage, and processing of foodstuffs might be harmful to human health over the long term, warn environmental scientists. This is because most of these substances are not inert and can leach into the foods we eat, they say. Despite the fact that some of these chemicals are regulated, people who eat packaged or processed foods are likely to be chronically exposed to low levels of these substances throughout their lives. And far too little is known about their long term impact. ”

Recent Studies and Press Releases;

  • The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health doi:10.1136/jech-2013-202593, Food packaging and migration of food contact materials: will epidemiologists rise to the neotoxic challenge?, 19 Feb 2014
  • Food packaging chemicals may be harmful to human health over long term, ScienceDaily, 19 Feb 2014
  • Chemicals leaching into food from packaging raise safety concerns, The Guardian, 19 Feb 2014

Toxic Chemicals are in Your Home, in Your Body

Chances are that your home is polluted with dangerous and sometimes life threatening chemicals…

Toxic Chemicals are in Your Home, in Tour Body, by @ChemicalsInHome on Flickr
Chances are that your home is polluted with dangerous and sometimes life threatening chemicals.

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A Small Dose of Toxicology

Free eBook by Toxipedia

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A Small Dose of Toxicology The Health Effects of Common Chemicals by Steven G. Gilbert explores the principles of toxicology by examining the health effects of common chemical agents. Every day, we come into contact with many relatively harmless substances that could, at certain concentrations, be toxic. This applies not only to obvious candidates such as asbestos, lead, mercury, and gasoline, but also to such common compounds as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and headache tablets. While the field of toxicology has numerous technical books devoted to aspects of biology, chemistry, and mechanisms of action, A Small Dose of Toxicology places toxicology within the framework of our daily lives.

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Your Shopping, Your Groceries, Your Chemical Exposure

Is your food exposing you to all those chemicals?

Your Shopping, Your Groceries, and Your Chemical Exposure, by @MarthRosenberg, on Flickr
Read Martha Rosenberg’s interview with pesticide expert and toxicologist Janette Sherman, M.D.


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BPA / BPS Infographic

Join the “Mind the Store” campaign for safer chemicals

Sources: Mind the Store by @SaferChemicals

Potential BPA health effects include :

  • Harm to brain
  • Behavior and prostate in young children
  • Many other effects triggered by hormone disruption.

Potential BPS health effects include :

  • Related to hormone disruption.

Sources: Mind the Store by SaferChemicals, a national coalition of parents, health advocates, enviros, cancer survivors and 450 organizations working to protect American families.

All our posts about BPA – BPS – Endocrine Disruptors – Pesticides – Phthalates

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Not Just a Pretty Face

The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

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Not Just a Pretty Face – by Stacy Malkan – chronicles the quest that led a group of health and environmental activists to the world’s largest cosmetics companies to ask some tough questions.

by Stacy Malkan

  • Lead in lipstick?
  • 1,4 dioxane in baby soap?
  • Coal tar in shampoo?
  • How is this possible?

Simple. The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful that they have kept themselves unregulated for decades.

  • Why do companies market themselves as pink ribbon leaders in the fight against breast cancer, yet use hormone-disrupting and carcinogenic chemicals that may contribute to that very disease?
  • Why do products used by men and women of childbearing age contain chemicals linked to birth defects and infertility?

As doors slammed in their faces and the beauty myth peeled away, the industry’s toxic secrets began to emerge. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover. The good news is that while the major multinational companies fight for their right to use hazardous chemicals, entrepreneurs are developing safer non-toxic technologies and building businesses on the values of health, justice and personal empowerment.

All our posts about BPA – Cancer – Endocrine Disruptors – Phthalates.

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