I’m not sure at what point things started to change but they did. My attitudes changed as did many of my actions. Maybe it was the result of living in Los Angeles; maybe it was when I became a mother. What changed? How I looked at the world with respect to recycling, cleaning, composting and the environment. My first realization about how I could have a small impact on my corner of the world was when we lived in Arcadia, California. Their recycling program was a model for others in the country. We had three full size bins – one for trash, one for all types of recycling and one for yard waste. Any kind of yard waste could go into that designated bin while anything with the recycling triangle could go into that one. No sorting or dividing or anything. That ease of function made me want to recycle everything I possible could, no matter how big or small.
It was a natural progression that I started looking at the products I was using to clean. I had tried Seventh Generation cleaning products and discovered that despite being a “green” product, they actually worked well. That was kind of a misconception I had when green products first started rolling out. I always thought to myself “Green means they don’t have anything in them that actually works.” Not only did they work well, the products like dish liquid didn’t rip up my hands. As a total bonus, I wasn’t putting chemicals into the house, into the environment, around my kids.
Seventh Generation creates products with the environment in mind but also with our children in mind. Of the 85,000 synthetic chemicals introduced into the market since 1976 when the Toxic Substances Control Act, the EPA has required testing on less than 10%. Scientists have linked exposure to chemicals to many health risks such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s, birth defects, asthma and other issues. The movie Erin Brockovich is based on the real-life example of the effect chemicals have on the human body. It’s sad. It’s scary. That involves a large-scale industrial incident but dangerous chemicals are used in household products, too. Products we use daily. Ones we use with the intent of keeping our kids safe and healthy. While attitudes of people like myself have changed, the laws haven’t. The Toxic Substances Control Act hasn’t changed since 1976.
This isn’t a post about why you should throw out all your cleaners and just buy Seventh Generation products. In case you hadn’t noticed, I haven’t linked to Seventh Generation website, product pages or social media channels at all in this post. The focus here is what you can do to make a difference. The Toxic Substances Control Act needs to be updated, modernized, cleaned up but that requires 100,000 signatures in order for it to be presented to Congress. THAT’S how you can help. Visit the website FightToxins.com and sign the petition.
What types of things do you do to make a difference?