Disclosure: I participated in this program on behalf of Seventh Generation and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
Last week, I was able to take part in a conference call with Seventh Generation and Healthy Child Healthy World to discuss harmful chemicals that our children are being exposed to, (beginning in the womb!) and how to start eliminating these chemicals from our homes, making a safer, healthier world for our children.
Studies have shown that children begin environmental chemical exposure while still in the womb
- In a study of 10 minority newborns, more than 232 chemicals were found in umbilical cord blood.
Environmental chemical exposure persists throughout childhood
- In a study of 10 children’s face paints, all 10 tested positive for lead.
- Studies have found flame retardants, bisphenol-A and other environmental chemicals in breast milk.
- CPSC has recalled children’s toys and jewelry for high lead content.
Results of Exposures
- The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics was the first to document the widespread presence of both formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane in bath products for children, including baby shampoos, bubble baths and baby lotions.
- A study from The Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting showed that children with the highest DEHP levels had nearly five times the odds of being obese compared with children who had the lowest DEHP levels.
- Researchers at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center found that children with high urinary levels of parabens were more sensitive to environmental allergens like pollen and pet dander, compared to those with low paraben levels.
- Research from CDC showed that 97% of people had the chemical sunscreen Oxybenzone (benzophenone-3) in urine, which is related to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage. Also, mothers with high levels of oxybenzone in their bodies were more likely to give birth to low birth weight baby girls.
Many families are not even aware of these concerning facts, let alone what do do about them. One of the best ways to help create a healthier world for our children is to spread this kind of information to other parents and educate each other! You can also urge your senator to strengthen and pass the Chemical Safety Improvement Act with the super easy email form on the Seventh Generation website!
Use your consumer “voting dollars” to purchase safer products for your home. Seventh Generation diapers, wipes and cleaning products are now nationally available in all Target stores, making it easier than ever to makeover the nursery and cleaning cabinet!
Seventh Generation Takes Precautions
- All chemicals are guilty until proven innocent
- Precautionary Approach:
- Eliminate known hazards
- Take a precautions when uncertainty exists
- “When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.”
It’s time to PARTY!
TODAY, November 14th, (Thursday) at 1 p.m. ET, join Seventh Generation for a fun, informative Twitter party to talk about all-natural baby product options! We’ll also talk about the Healthy Baby Home Parties which give moms an interesting and engaging way to educate friends and family on topics like creating a healthy environment for the next generation.
RSVP here: http://twtvite.com/
Join the party to win a month’s supply of baby diapers and wipes!! Prizes will be awarded to five lucky winners, all chosen randomly from the U.S. participants who answer the Twitter party trivia questions correctly.
@TheMotherhood, @TheMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann
I can’t wait to see you there!