The following is a sponsored post, although the opinions expressed are my own.
I try not to get too preachy on my blog about how to live your life, as I like to believe that we are all just doing the best we can with the choices we make for our families. But sometimes things just scare the bejeevus out of me, and I feel compelled to share.
I have several good friends that have been fighting the breast cancer battle over the past few years. We often think breast cancer as being a disease determined by genetics, but unfortunately that is not necessarily true. Only one of my dear friends had a genetic link to breast cancer; for the others, the cause was deemed “environmental.”
Here’s some sobering statistics from The Breast Cancer Action group:
* Seventy percent of people with breast cancer have none of the known risk factors. The so-called known risk factors, like late menopause, having children late in life, and family history of cancer are present in only 30 percent of breast cancer cases.
* Non-industrialized countries have lower breast cancer rates than industrialized countries. People who move to industrialized countries from countries with low rates develop the same breast cancer rates of the industrialized country.
* Estrogen is a hormone closely linked with the development of breast cancer. Numerous synthetic chemicals, called “xenoestrogens,” act like estrogen in our bodies, including common weed killers and pesticides, plastic additives or by-products, ingredients in spray paints and paint removers, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), used extensively in the manufacture of food packaging, medical products, appliances, cars, toys, credit cards, and rainwear.
I don’t know about you, but that’s some scary stuff to me.
That’s why I’m thrilled that one of my favorite brands — Seventh Generation — is moving chemical reform to the forefront of the national agenda.
On April 30th, a press conference was held on Capitol Hill to initiate conversation and awareness on the importance of reform of the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). The press conference included the Seventh Generation President and CEO John Reploge, Kristi Marsh, a mother of three, breast cancer survivor, and advocate, and David Levine from the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC). These individuals, along with the Toxin Freedom Fighters clad in their superhero capes, presented a petition with more than 120,000 signatures to Congress and Senator Kristen Gillibrand of New York.
The TSCA was last updated by the EPA 38 years ago. The act essentially grandfathers in the approval of thousands of chemicals used to make products that we all use in our homes every day. Very few of these approved chemicals have been tested and proven safe for human exposure — and in fact several have been proven harmful — yet we are unwillingly and often unknowingly exposed to these toxins all the time.
In addition to the power of public opinion, what I also loved about this event is that they presented some pretty sobering results of a heavy metals test they took right from the halls of Congress — a place I used to work myself back in the late 90s. It shows that no one is exempt from dangerous chemical exposure in their workplace, and something must be done.
Whether you are already living a fairly green lifestyle, or you just want to protect your kids from dangerous toxins due to poor industrial laws, I encourage you to learn more about the TSCA and sign the petition to protect our families from harmful chemicals. Click here to learn more.
One of my favorite quotes is by author Max Lucado: “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.”
Do something today.