Thursday, July 3, 2008

Anti-toxic legislation

Have you checked out Moms Rising lately? They've been doing some amazing stuff to get companies to stop putting toxic chemicals in kid's bottles, sippy cups, and toys.
I signed up for their email newsletter, and highly recommend others to sign up for it too - you find out important information this way. Here is their latest newsletter:

Dear MomsRising member,

Wouldn't it be something if we could just walk into a store and buy a baby bottle or a bath toy without worrying it contains toxic chemicals?

The good news is, we're making swift progress towards this critical goal. Your messages so far have energized Congress to finally introduce legislation to prevent toxic toys and other toxic products from reaching our children, including:

  • Legislation has been introduced in the last few weeks to ban bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and other child care products;
  • Congress is considering a ban on phthalates, a toxic chemical used in too many toys like rubber duckies;
  • And, last month Congress introduced the Kids Safe Chemical Act that would shift the burden on companies to prove that the chemicals they are using in children's products are safe.

With your support, we can get these laws passed through Congress - and get toxics out of our homes and away from our children. This project is funded solely by our members. Nanette, a mother of four, just donated $50 to this effort because she was appalled by the fact that companies had been getting away with using harmful substances in toys for years, and wants to help stop that practice.

Consider giving just $35 (or what you can) to support the Toxics Out of Children's Products program today:

When family advocates like MomsRising link up with environmental advocates to fight harmful toxics, it's powerful. This strategy brings a family focus to "green" causes, increasing public awareness of the pervasiveness of toxins in our indoor environment.

Legislators and the media are inclined to listen to moms. Businesses know that women make more than 80% of buying decisions in all homes[1], so you can be sure they're listening too.

In fact, MomsRising members have already:

Improved the Consumer Products Safety Commission Reform Act by assisting in the elimination of a section which would have put more toxic chemicals in our homes;

  • Been credited by the Washington Post with helping to stop the sale of baby bottles with bisphenol-A (BPA) at five of the seven major retailers of baby bottles;
  • And generated nearly 20,000 letters to Congress requesting that phthalates be taken out of children's products, resulting in key committee members changing their position, and moving the ban forward in Congress.
  • MomsRising is a bootstrap, mom-run organization, and right now this work to get toxics out of children's products is funded solely by our members.

You can help keep this important work going by donating today:

Thanks so much for all your work on behalf of our nation's children -- Kristin, Joan, Donna, Roz, and the Team


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