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Protection from Toxic Chemicals? Not For All.

Posted June 14th, 2013

Wall Street Journal

June 13, 2013

A letter was sent today to Senators David Vitter, Barbara Boxer and other Senators asking for true protections for health in the new Senate reform of the Toxic Substance and Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Recently the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) (S. 1009) was introduced in the U.S. Senate to update the failed TSCA framework.

The CSIA has been hailed by some as a bipartisan compromise, but public health officials, community advocates, small business owners, environmental justice leaders, scientists, workers, and parents call upon Congress to strengthen regulations to honor the legacy of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D — NJ) and provide real protections from toxic chemicals in homes, schools, and workplaces.

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Common cosmetics use can negatively impact the environment as well as the user.

Posted May 31st, 2013

Women News Network

May 29, 2013

While natural body-care products represent the fastest growing segment of the cosmetics market, your local pharmacy shelves are still full of products laden with toxic chemicals linked to cancer and reproductive harm.

To address this problem, today, U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois), and Congressman Ed Markey D-Massachusetts), introduced the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013, which would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that all personal care products are free of harmful ingredients. Existing law, which has not been significantly updated since 1938, has loopholes that allow chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other illnesses in products we use on our bodies every day.

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5 Reasons to Avoid Toxic Air Fresheners.

Posted May 24th, 2013

Huffington Post

May 23, 2013

Cassidy Randall

Have you ever wondered what’s in those myriad air fresheners that make your home smell like a tropical vacation or a woodsy cabin surrounded by wildflowers? It’s certainly not roses… Here are five reasons we think you should avoid air fresheners altogether.

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Why You Need to Ditch Dryer Sheets.

Posted April 9th, 2013

EcoWatch

April 5, 2013

Alexandra Scranton

Mmm, the fresh scent of laundry that’s been dried with dryer sheets.

Wait a minute—how do dryer sheets do that?

Unfortunately, dryer sheets can contain some harmful chemicals—including hidden fragrance chemicals that lots of people are sensitive to—that vent off into the air we breath and rub off on our clothes and then onto our skin. Yikes! And the kicker is that dryer sheets aren’t even necessary to our laundry—so they’re just an extra source of exposure to toxic chemicals.

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Secret Scents: Hidden Chemicals in Fragrance

Posted March 22nd, 2013

Huffington Post

Alexandra Scranton

March 19, 2013

Have you ever used a scented product that resulted in itchy, red, or blotchy skin? Or have you had a rash that’s hard to predict or control that you suspect might be caused by products in your home? If so, you are not alone. Millions of people in the U.S. have been sensitized to ingredients in fragrance, making them predisposed to allergic reactions like contact dermatitis. In fact, “fragrance allergy” is one of the most common diagnoses among dermatology patients.

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Scents and Sensitivity.

Posted March 12th, 2013

Huffington Post

March 8, 2013

Molly Rauch

Before Heather Collins enrolled her five-year-old daughter, Sophie, in ballet classes at the local recreation center in Boulder, Colorado, she went to the ballet studio to sniff around. Literally.

That’s because Sophie is one of an estimated 2 percent to 11 percent of Americans with fragrance allergy. For some, the symptoms of a fragrance allergy involve skin irritation. For Sophie, the symptoms are a little more serious. An encounter with perfumes, a laundry vent wafting scented detergent, most cleaning products, or air fresheners, not to mention shampoos, moisturizers, or sunscreens, can send her to the emergency room with respiratory problems.

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Fragrance Chemicals Toxic to Many

Posted February 22nd, 2013

United Press International

February 21, 2013

Allergic reaction and sensitivity to fragrance chemicals in cleaning and personal care products affects millions, a U.S. women’s health advocacy group says.

The report, “Secret Scents: How Hidden Fragrance Allergens Harm Public Health,” by Women’s Voices for the Earth found fragrance in household and personal care products was one of the most frequently identified allergens.

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Toxin-Free Cosmetics Expand Market-Share.

Posted February 19th, 2013

Women’s E-News

February 7, 2013

Molly M. Ginty

Toxic chemicals have been removed from some makeup, but the ugly truth is that these ingredients persist after a decade of controversy. The good news is that consumer resources are coming to the rescue. If these words sound magical, to women’s health advocates, they are: the names of cosmetics that are specially brewed to be free of harmful chemicals.

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Tide Now “Free & Clear” of Cancer-Causers.

Posted January 30th, 2013

Rodale

January 30, 2013

Emily Main

Tide has announced that it will be removing a chemical called 1,4-dioxane from its Free & Gentle laundry detergents, a decision spurred in part by pressure from advocacy groups and in part from a California Supreme Court decision.

Two years ago, the nonprofit Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) published results of its own testing, which revealed that Tide Free & Gentle contained 89 parts per million (ppm) of the cancerous contaminant, while Tide’s regular formulation contained 63 ppm.

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Procter & Gamble Must Scrub Carcinogen Dioxane From Tide.

Posted January 29th, 2013

Environmental News Service

January 25, 2013

Procter & Gamble, makers of Tide and Tide Free & Gentle detergents, has agreed in a California court to reduce the levels of the chemical 1,4 dioxane in its laundry products.

The Oakland-based nonprofit organization As You Sow filed a lawsuit against Procter & Gamble for high levels of 1,4 dioxane in their detergents without a warning label in violation of Proposition 65, the California law governing toxic chemical exposure in consumer products.

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