Brandy and her family live in our hometown of Missoula, MT, and she stopped by our offices one day with her baby boy Andyn in hand to see how she could become involved in our work to reduce women’s exposure to toxic chemicals.
Brandy was already selling Miessence, a line of organic and natural skin care products, to introduce women to healthier personal care. She decided to host a Miessence party that not only offered women access to safer products, but also included education and opportunities to take action to change the system that allows toxic chemicals in products in the first place. So she teamed up with WVE to do just that; WVE staff spoke about the problem of harmful chemicals in personal care, and Brandy offered Miessence as an alternative. Her guests took action right then and there to support the Safe Cosmetics Act to ensure that all personal care products are safe. Brandy donated the proceeds from the Miessence sales that day to WVE.
Brandy’s involvement hasn’t ended there. She was one of four local moms who attended WVE’s press event, along with her sons Logan and Andyn, to test children’s toy for toxic heavy metals. And upon finding harmful chemicals in her sons’ toys, we urged her to write a letter to Montana Senators Baucus and Tester asking them to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act and require that chemicals be tested for safety before they’re placed in everyday products. Logan and Andyn even added their handprints to the back of Brandy’s handwritten letters to send their own message to the Senators! Brandy continues to raise her voice in Missoula to spread the word about toxic chemicals and women’s health.