Before I had kids I never really thought about what was in cleaning supplies, in fact I didn’t really think about it until a few years ago when a friend of mine told me about what was in the cleaning supplies that I used in my house. As a couponer I end up using the cleaning products that are free and cheap and really had no second thoughts about it and then recently I have begun to look more at what we are using. I am far from perfect when it comes to keeping chemicals out of my house (I have a strange love for the smell of bleach being associated with clean that I can’t seem to kick) but I am trying to put more work into using products that have been tested as being safe to use.
I think about things like what will the earth be when my kids are younger, and growing up in the poconos I saw how beautiful nature is and now there are lakes that are nasty because they have been polluted and while you won’t be finding me kissing a tree a do think it is important that we don’t lose the beauty that nature has to offer us.
I also think about what impact things will have on my kids later in life, will the chemicals I am using in my house cause my kids to later get sick, will they cause them to have health issues later in life, those types of things. It seems like every time we turn around something else is causing cancer (which scares the crap out of me because I have people close to me who have fought the cancer battle, and some won and some are now in heaven) but that horrible word seems to pop up all over the place with a new reason then the one before it and while I don’t know if it is chemicals doing it or not not I want to protect my kids from ever having to deal with such a thing.
Right now Seventh Generation has launched a campaign to help make a different, with a goal of getting 100k signatures to stand up for safer chemicals!! You can head on over here and sign the petition to ask congress to change the Toxic Substances Control Ac and to help make a difference in the world (and I am hoping that over time we will see more companies that use safer chemicals put out coupons for them so we can save money on them too!
A lot has changed over the years and the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976, and the EPA has required testing on less than 10% of the chemicals that are used in homes. There are over 80,000 chemicals are currently available for use in the market. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) grandfathered in 62,000 chemicals when enacted in 1976 and over 20,000 have since been added that is a lot that we don’t have information on!!! It is outdated and much of the information from back then is not current to the information we have now.
I know I am not perfect, I know that many times I actually suck at making sure the products I am using to clean are safe but I can say I am going to work on fixing that, not just for my kids but the future generations that will be the ones affected because let’s face it, in 70-80 years chances are I won’t here but my kids and their kids still will be and the beautiful things I love about nature might not be here for them to enjoy anymore.
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