Posted November 13th, 2012
November 9, 2012
The prevalence of allergic diseases has continued to rise in the industrialized world in the last 50 years. Allergic reactions can vary in severity from being a simple nuisance, to having a significant impact on one’s quality of life and ability to work. Fragrance allergens are one source of these reactions.
Fortunately, there is a solution — one that will yield positive health outcomes for the general population and could mean competitive advantage for more transparent companies.
Posted November 13th, 2012
One Cell One Light Radio
November 7, 2012
Dr. Hildy interview with Alexandra Scranton
This week on One Cell One Light Radio, Dr. Hildy welcomes in the first hour Alexandra Scranton, Director of Science and Research of Women’s Voices of the Earth, a national organization that works to eliminate toxic chemicals that impact women’s health. Oftentimes, we don’t give a second thought to the safety of common chemical products we use in our household. Save for the very basic warning not to ingest them, we consider most household cleaners and other products safe to use in our homes.
Posted September 20th, 2012
September 20, 2012
The drugs you take get a thorough look by the FDA, but not ‘personal care products.’ Consumers should take their own action, if the government isn’t going to. Alyona discusses with Margaret Katch, Roxanne Saffale, Jaime Silberberger and Donna Maria.
Posted September 13th, 2012
September 10, 2012
An open letter from Women’s Voices for the Earth to one of the biggest consumer product companies on the planet: make the obvious moral decision to remove a cancer-causing chemical from Tide® and Tide Free & Gentle®.
Dear Mr. McDonald,
We’d like to point out some serious discrepancies between P&G’s stated principles and its toxic products.
Posted August 1st, 2012
July 31, 2012
Most of us probably don’t give much thought to our morning rituals, to the extent that we’re even awake during them. But the parade of personal care products Americans use each day—from toothpaste and shampoo to lipstick and aftershave—can affect us more than we realize. At issue are the chemical ingredients they contain and the extent to which they pose any risk to consumers. Just as Americans have developed an appetite for pesticide-free foods and all things organic, so too have they turned their attention to the make up of makeup.
Posted July 31st, 2012
July 26, 2012
Jeremy P. Jacobs
More than a dozen salon workers from across the country descended on Washington, D.C., yesterday calling on lawmakers and regulators to ban the controversial hair straightening product Brazilian Blowout.
The effort was spearheaded by the National Healthy Nail and Beauty Salon Alliance and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and included visits with members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee as well as a lengthy meeting with high-level administration officials.
Posted July 24th, 2012
July 23, 2012
This week, dozens of salon workers and advocates from all over the country will be descending upon Washington, D.C. for a day of action to raise awareness about toxic chemical exposure in the workplace.
Workers will meet with lawmakers and share personal stories of the negative health impacts they have suffered as a result of working with salon products that contain toxic chemicals, including the still popular hair treatment Brazilian Blowout that was found last year to contain very high levels of the carcinogen formaldehyde.
Posted July 24th, 2012
July 19, 2012
Protecting janitorial workers is a priority for environmental groups lobbying for full ingredient disclosure mandates.
New Yorkers from 21 different environmental groups recently demanded enforcement of the state’s 40-year-old — and nation’s only — ingredient disclosure law for cleaning products.
The state conceded and will soon publish regulations requiring and enforcing ingredient disclosure.
Posted June 22nd, 2012
June 21, 2012
Who doesn’t like parties? Especially a party with a purpose – yes, please!
Women’s Voices for the Earth’s new Green Momma Parties are the latest DIY party that makes detoxing the home fun (yes, we said “fun”). With a room-by-room guide for eliminating harmful chemicals, do-it-yourself recipes with how-to videos, and easy ways to raise your voices together for safer products, Green Momma Parties empower women with knowledge, solutions, and action.
But don’t take it from us. Take it from the experts who are on the ground and in the thick of it — the ones who know all about the need to balance responsibility with fun, and the incredible power of moms to make a difference when it comes to protecting our children’s health.
Posted May 22nd, 2012
May 7, 2012
More than 80,000 chemicals are produced, used, and present in the United States. This is one of their stories.
“Free of dyes and perfumes” on the label doesn’t mean free of carcinogens.
Independent Testing Reveals Undisclosed Ingredients
Recently the New York Times‘ Green blog raised the spotlight on a report released last November on toxic chemicals found in 20 popular cleaning products. Women’s Voices for the Earth, a national environmental group based in Missoula, Montana, had commissioned independent tests on all-purpose cleaners, laundry detergents, dryer sheets, air fresheners, disinfectant sprays, and furniture polish made by Clorox, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, SC Johnson, and Sunshine Makers. The testing revealed that a number of the products had chemicals that are known to be allergens or are linked to reproductive and endocrine disruption … and cancer.