Seventh Generation's Toxin Freedom Fighters (child-superheroes advocating for chemical regulation reform) and parent advocates from California, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Vermont and Idaho, stormed the halls of Congress on Wednesday with petitions in hand, meeting with members of the Environment and Public Works Committee and other interested senators. Seventh Generation's, CEO and President, John Replogle, parent advocate and author Kristi Marsh and David Levine, CEO and Co-founder, American Sustainable Business Council will be joining the Toxin Freedom Fighters at a press conference this morning to call on Congress to make meaningful re form of TSCA.
"We've heard it loud and clear from our consumers: Americans are concerned that chemicals in consumer products could have toxic impacts on their health or the health of their family," said John Replogle, CEO and President, Seventh Generation. "As business leader, a father, and an American, I will not sit back and allow thousands of unregulated chemicals to unknowingly poison our families, our homes, and the environment. Over 120,000 Americans agree that Congress must act to protect our families. Today, Seventh Generation, the Toxin Freedom Fighters, parent advocates and business partners are here to demand that our government finally take a stand to put the safety and health of our families first."
Earlier this month, Seventh Generation and the Toxin Freedom Fighters launched a nationwide call to action, asking individuals to stand up for safer chemicals by signing the Toxin Freedom Fighter's petition that urges Congress to reform the outdated and ineffective Toxic Substances Control Act. An unprecedented number of Americans have joined the Toxin Freedom Fighters in their call to better regulate hazardous substances. Currently, the 80,000 chemicals on the market today are used to manufacture many consumer products including toys, furniture, personal care products, clothing, and more, have gone untested for their potential impact on human health and the environment.
"I have traveled our country educating women on the need for safer chemicals for six years, and I am thrilled that Seventh Generation has built a coalition of influencers, businesses, and moms like me, to tell Congress 'enough is enough,'" said Kristi Marsh, parent advocate, speaker and author of Little Changes. "When businesses, non-profits, and consumers align on this issue, we send a powerful message to Congress to get toxic chemicals out of our lives. I hope that will translate to actionable change within the walls of Congress."
A recent study shows that 86 percent of Americans support legislation that would ensure all new chemicals are deemed likely safe for human use. Seventh Generation and its partners believe that meaningful TSCA reform legislation must allow the EPA to take fast action on the worst chemicals and include specific timetables for such regulatory actions; it must respect the right of states to protect their residents if the federal government fails to do so or is slow to act; it must ensure that science, not industry influence, drive policy, and that scientific integrity is fully protected from undue industry influence; and it must protect the most vulnerable among us, including pregnant women, children, workers and communities who are disproportionately exposed to chemicals.
"Meaningful chemical reform that addresses true transparency, true safety and true innovation will help businesses meet the growing consumer demand for cleaner and safer products and create jobs," said David Levine, CEO and Co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council, which manages the Companies for Safer Chemicals Coalition. "Leading brands, businesses and business organizations in the Companies for Safer Chemicals coalition have come together to make the strong business case that robust chemical reform will not only improve safety for consumers and manufacturing, but will benefit all industries and the economy as a whole."
Additionally, reform legislation should require that the public have access to information regarding the safety of chemicals; that the responsibility is on chemical manufacturers to demonstrate chemicals are safe before they are allowed to enter the marketplace; and that the federal government invests in developing safer alternatives to toxic chemicals.
About Seventh Generation
Established in 1988, in Burlington, Vermont, Seventh Generation is one of the nation's leading brands of household and personal care products. The company lives its commitment to "caring today for seven generations of tomorrows," with products formulated to provide mindful solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people within your home -- and for the community and environment outside of it. A pioneer in corporate responsibility, Seventh Generation continually evaluates ways to reduce its environmental impact, increase performance and safety, and create a more sustainable supply chain. To learn more about Seventh Generation products and business practices, locate a retailer in your area, or review Seventh Generation's Corporate Consciousness Report, visit www.seventhgeneration.com.
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