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Everyone deserves to live in a healthy and safe environment. That environment includes where you live, work, play, and pray. We reject and actively push back against racist rhetoric, actions, policies and institutional oppression that leads to state-sanctioned brutality, gun violence, and harm that again and again assaults communities of color. We are committed to working for justice and equity, and are in solidarity with social, racial, and environmental justice organizations to build community, understanding and honest dialogue to address the root causes of violence, harm and hate.

Meet Miah

Meet Miah.

Every day, like you, Miah is exposed to hundreds of different chemicals — from those in the products used to clean our homes and bodies, to the pesticides sprayed in our schools, offices, gardens and playgrounds. And unfortunately, many of these chemicals are linked to serious health impacts like cancer, infertility, asthma and more.

Our health is already impacted by where we work, where we live, what we eat, our access to information, resources, quality of affordable healthcare, as well as our gender, race, income and more. And the added unnecessary exposure from everyday products is further harming the health of our bodies, communities and planet.

This summer, Miah is learning more about where these harmful exposures are coming from, why toxic chemicals are ending up on our shelves in the first place, why WVE fights so hard for safer products — and important actions to take TODAY to take control of our health and the health of our communities.

Tune in on this webpage, or into WVE’s Instagram, Twitter & Facebook, to follow Miah and help them take action to build powerful victories for health and safety. New actions, issues and resources will be featured each week.

Together we can build a safer, healthier future for Miah and for everyone!

CUMULATIVE IMPACTS

Companies must be accountable for their role in compounding toxic exposures and take actions to put health first.

Miah has spent the last few weeks learning more about toxic chemicals in products and how these exposures can impact health. From period products, intimate care, cleaners, disinfectants, personal care products and more — these exposures can really add up. And unfortunately, most companies often don’t take into account these compounding exposures when deciding whether or not they think a chemical is safe to use in their products. The added unnecessary exposure from everyday products is further harming the health of our bodies, communities and planet.

Miah is tired of this toxic attach on our health — and we know you are too! Companies must be accountable for their role in compounding toxic exposures and prioritize the health of our bodies and environment. Products should not create or add to health burdens. No matter where we live, work, shop or how we choose to take care of our bodies and our homes, products should be safe.

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ACT

Here are 5 ways to can start holding corporations accountable today!

  1. Take action to tell manufacturers of intimate care products that toxic marketing and harmful ingredients are unacceptable!
  2. Support the health of salon professionals by submitting your comments to the FDA, telling them to ban toxic formaldehyde from hair straightening products.
  3. Bring the conversation about period health into your community, by using our Detox the Box engagement toolkit!
  4. Join WVE’s national action group – People Against Quats (PAQ) – to help take on harmful disinfectants in schools and public spaces.
  5. Help fuel the work by donating to WVE today!

And finally, keep raising those voices! Every day we witness the power of learning, acting, leading and engaging – your voice makes a difference. Every time we speak up against harm, we actively build and strengthen the structure for health and safety!

FRAGRANCE

Fragrance ingredients must be disclosed and should never put the health of our bodies or the environment at risk.

For resources, actions & more on fragrance ingredients – click here!

LEARN

Facts on Fragrance

What is fragrance? How can fragrance harm our bodies and environment? Who is disproportionately impacted by fragrance exposures? Where is fragrance hiding and who is in charge of its safety? Get the facts on fragrance and solutions to protect your health. Read more + shareable infographic.

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CELEBRATE

Toxic Fragrance Exposed in California Bill!

California’s Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Right to Know Act (SB 312), is the first law in the nation to require disclosure of fragrance and flavor ingredients in cosmetic and professional salon products. This is a big deal; research shows that third of all fragrance chemicals currently in use have been flagged as toxic or potentially toxic by scientists around the world. Learn more.

ACT

Health Harmed by Fragrance? Share Your Story!

There are many people whose health has been impacted by fragrance ingredients. Are you one of them? We want to hear about it. Submit your story today! Click here.

Then take the fragrance-free pledge. Until we have 100% full fragrance ingredient disclosure, and until we know those ingredients are safe, we can reduce exposure to toxic chemicals in fragrance by choosing fragrance-free options when available. Take the pledge today!

CLEANING PRODUCTS

Products used to clean our homes and public spaces shouldn’t be made with harmful secrets and toxic ingredients.

For resources, actions & more on cleaning products – click here!

LEARN

Beyond the Label: Health Impacts of Harmful Ingredients in Cleaning Products

WVE’s new report, Beyond the Label: Health Impacts of Harmful Ingredients in Cleaning Products, spotlights some of the most problematic and pervasive ingredients used in household, and institutional, cleaning products that have long been hidden from the general public. Read more.

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CELEBRATE

CA Passes Cleaning Products Right to Know Act!

VICTORY! In 2017, California passed a law requiring the disclosure of ingredients in cleaning products  – in both household and institutional products. This law is now in effect and we have more information than ever before about what’s in cleaning products. Learn more.

ACT

DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Products Recipes

It’s easy, fun, and cheap to make non-toxic cleaners from safe and effective ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. Find recipes here. Or better yet, host a Green Cleaning Party to make these non-toxic cleaners with friends in your community!

DISINFECTANTS

Products designed to keep us healthy, should never put our health at risk.

For resources, actions, fact sheets, studies & more on quats and disinfectants – click here!

LEARN

Back to School Lessons: Avoiding Disinfectant Wipes with Quats

One thing you can usually find on back to school supply lists is disinfectant wipes that often contain pesticides like ammonium quaternary compounds (or quats) linked to asthma, reproductive harm & more. Read more.

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CELEBRATE

Chicago Area Preschool Quits the Quats!

VICTORY! WVE’s People Against Quats member, Erin, shares her experience in helping a local preschool replace quats, and also offers helpful tips to help you get started quitting quats in your community. Learn more.

ACT

Join WVE’s Action Network: People Against Quats

People Against Quats (PAQ) is a national action group of concerned people who want to help eliminate or reduce public exposure to quats in places like schools, gyms, apartment buildings, public work places and more. Join PAQ today! CLICK HERE!

COSMETICS & SALON PRODUCTS

Ingredients in cosmetics and salon products must be safe for Miah, safe for workers, and safe for everyone.

For resources, actions, fact sheets, studies & more on cosmetics & salon products – click here!

LEARN

Antiquated Law Allows Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics

The law that currently oversees cosmetics and personal care products is more than 80 years old and is under 3 pages long. There are currently around 10,000 ingredients used in cosmetics. Yet, this 84 billion dollar industry is not required to meet any sort of safety standard for ingredients. Read more.

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CELEBRATE

New Victories for Cosmetic Safety!

VICTORY! California’s Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Right to Know Act (SB 312), is the first law in the nation to require disclosure of fragrance and flavor ingredients in cosmetic and professional salon products. And CA bill, AB 2762, bans 24 toxic ingredients in cosmetics by 2025. Learn more.

ACT

Submit Your Comments to the FDA!

Over ten years ago it was discovered that some keratin hair straightening treatments used by professional salon workers contain high levels of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. And as a result, salon workers have suffered and continue to suffer from health effects like difficulty breathing, bloody noses, headaches, rashes, chronic sinus and lung infections, and more. YOU can help protection salon workers by contacting the FDA today! CLICK HERE!

INTIMATE CARE PRODUCTS

Toxic marketing pushing toxic products must stop. Full stop.

For resources, actions, fact sheets, studies & more on intimate care products – click here! Or sign-up for an OSOF workshop today!

LEARN

Detox the Box Toolkit

Designed with feedback from members like you, use this engagement toolkit to learn more about harmful marketing and toxic ingredients in menstrual and intimate care products. Then use this tool to help you bring conversations about period health into your community! Download the Detox the Box toolkit!

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CELEBRATE

Because of You, Summer’s Eve Removed Ten Toxic Ingredients!

VICTORY! Because you made calls, sent emails and rallied on their doorstep, Summer’s Eve has removed 10 toxic ingredients from their products. Unfortunately, underlying concerns with intimate care products continue to put our health at risk. Learn more.

ACT

TAKE ACTION to End Toxic Products & Marketing!

Heavily scented wipes, washes, sprays, and powders are all products marketed to make us feel like our intimate parts are dirty, stinky and instead should smell like a tropical breeze. We aren’t buying it. TAKE ACTION NOW! Tell the CEO’s of intimate care products manufacturers they must be accountable for toxic marketing and toxic products!

PERIOD HEALTH - Detox the Box

Toxic chemicals don’t belong in menstrual care products. Period.

For resources, actions, fact sheets, studies & more on menstrual care products – click here! Or sign-up for an OSOF workshop today!

LEARN

Our Stories, Our Flow (OSOF) Workshops

WVE’s OSOF workshops are designed as an intentional, social, and supportive space for women, femmes, and people who have experience and/ or relationship with menstruation to hold real conversations their periods, health, and bodies. Sign up for an OSOF workshop today!

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CELEBRATE

New York Become First State to Require Ingredient Disclosure of Period Products!

The law goes into effect this October 2021 — we’ll be watching closely to make sure companies comply with this new law and to keep you updated on what sort of information we find from these new transparency requirements! For more details on this law and how YOU helped make it happen, click here!

ACT

Support the Menstrual Equity for All Act – TAKE ACTION!

Shockingly, almost 1 in 4 teenagers in the U.S. report lacking access to period products. During COVID, 1 in 10 college students were unable to afford period products. Learn more and take action to support the Menstrual Equity for All Act to make period products more affordable and accessible!

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