What if chemical companies had to demonstrate that their products were safe before they were allowed to put them into hundreds of products our children and families use every day? That's a common sense change that could end needless illnesses and suffering.
Today, a team of scientists from Duke and UC Berkeley told me what's actually inside those cushions I so carefully selected. Despite the clean lines and comfy factor, it turns out that what's inside those cushions is not so pretty.
The health of citizens and our air, water, and land shouldn't be issues divided along party lines. Protecting our health and the fragile world we live in should be a moral obligation shared by all parties.
The Safe Chemicals Act would end the disastrous effects of chemicals that will pass from one generation to another. We would like to think that when we take a shower, shampoo our hair, or apply makeup, we are doing so without inflicting harm to ourselves.
A staunch environmental advocate, the 31-year-old star recently launched the Honest Company, which makes nontoxic, ecofriendly baby gear. She took some time to answer our questions about her commitment to safe chemistry.
The presence of unregulated toxic chemicals in our food, consumer products, air, and water -- and the dangers those chemicals pose, particularly to children -- have galvanized mothers across the country.
Our current chemical safety policy amounts to an honor system and it's now perfectly clear that too many of these companies simply have no honor. It is past time for Congress to pass the Safe Chemicals Act by Senator Lautenberg.
All Americans, including pregnant women, are carrying these chemicals -- including ones that did not exist 50 years ago -- around in their blood and fatty tissue. No one in the federal government has a handle on the problem or the authority to restrict chemicals in common sense ways.
In California we recently won a victory when BPA was banned from baby bottles and sippy cups. Even before the ban, some producers were eliminating BPA from their products. My daughter's pink sippy cup, for example, was labeled "BPA-free." So why would I still worry?