Driving Momentum in the #ComeClean Fight for Ingredient Disclosure

Q: Why should consumers care what’s in their cleaning products?

A: Exposure to cleaning products may cause or exacerbate certain health conditions. Fumes from some cleaning products can induce asthma in otherwise healthy individuals and exacerbate asthma in people who already have the disease.

  • The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) “has found that nearly 10% of all work-related asthma cases are caused by exposure to cleaning products.”[i] CDPH is concerned that the use of some cleaning products in schools may contribute to asthma in students and workers.[ii]
  • About 8 percent of adults and children in California have asthma, with almost 200,000 new cases diagnosed each year.[iii] Asthma is much more prevalent in lower income communities.[iv]
  • Children born to women who held cleaning jobs while pregnant have an elevated risk of birth defects, according to a 2010 study by the New York State Department of Health.[vi]

Q: Who is at most risk from these adverse effects? The general consumer, kids, or professionals like janitors?

A: Workers, children, and minorities are most at risk. Workers like janitors, maids, and housekeepers are most vulnerable to these products, being exposed for long hours every day.

  • About 6 percent of janitors experience a job-related injury from chemical exposure to cleaning products every year.[vii]
  • About half of the nation’s janitors, maids and housekeepers are Latino or African American.[viii]
  • Children born to women who held cleaning jobs while pregnant have an elevated risk of birth defects, according to a 2010 study by the New York State Department of Health.[ix]
  • The California Department of Public Health “has found that nearly 10% of all work-related asthma cases are caused by exposure to cleaning products.”[x]
  • According to the U.S. EPA, cleaning products contribute to concentrations of many common pollutants that are 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside.[xi]

Q: Why should consumers care about fragrance?

A: The generic term “fragrance” when listed on a product label can refer to a mixture that may be composed of any of over 3,000 chemicals. According to the Califormia Department of PH, fragrances in cleaning products are actually a combination of many chemicals, some of which contain ingredients that have been associated with dizziness, cancer, endocrine disruption, and asthma.

The manufacturers of cleaning, and personal care products for that matter, are not required to list their fragrance ingredients on product labels. Without this information consumers do not know what ingredients, including potential allergens, are in their products.

Further, “unscented” does not necessarily mean a product is made without fragrance chemicals. This term can be misleading to consumers, particularly to those with an allergy related to fragrance. Natural fragrances can also cause sensitivities.  The term “fragrance free” on the other hand denotes products that do not contain any fragrances at all.

Q: Why put ingredient information on a label? Will consumers really know what to do with it?

A: Consumers at the store can’t make informed purchasing decisions without accurate ingredient information on labels. A 2015 survey of 1,000 U.S. moms found that 73% of those surveyed, “often do research to understand the safety of ingredients to which their family is exposed.” Kids and workers with acute skin rashes and allergic reactions, or pregnant women counseled to avoid certain chemicals by their doctors, will be able to avoid cleaning products with ingredients they have reactions to. Union negotiations rely on ingredient information in order to negotiate for safer cleaning products in the workplace.

It comes down to consumer education and awareness. Think of food labels. While it was once a foreign concept to look at the ingredient labels of your food, it’s now commonplace and consumers are knowledgeable about certain ingredients they may choose to avoid.

 

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Source: Driving Momentum in the #ComeClean Fight for Ingredient Disclosure | Seventh Generation

Chat with Vera: Scanorama interactive 3 book series – Amazing Animals, Deadly Predators, & Dinosaurs [Review & Giveaway – USA/CANADA]

In Scanorama: Amazing Animals each group of information tells about the “Biggest Beasts,” the “Fastest Movers,” “Awesome Brainpower” “The Kingdom’s Strongest,” “Amazingly Tiny Animals,” “Ruthless and Deadly,” “Glowing Bright,” “Longest Lifespan,” “Mega Migrators,” Weird and Wonderful,” “Wild’s Toughest,” and “Camouflage Experts.” Within each of these two-page spreads encapsulated bits of information are presented where the reader can see just which animals and insects glow, which is the known longest living creature, which would be the biggest.

 

 

Source: Chat with Vera: Scanorama interactive 3 book series – Amazing Animals, Deadly Predators, & Dinosaurs [Review & Giveaway – USA/CANADA]

BOOK TOUR & GIVEAWAY: THE DESCENDANT PROPHECIES BY MARY TING

The Bookworm Chronicles

From Gods
Descendant Prophecies Book 1
by Mary Ting
Genre: Urban Fantasy
***2013 InD’Tale RONE Award Finalist for YA****
Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny
day?
Don’t blame Mother Nature.
Skylar Rome can’t wait to spend her last summer before college with her
cousin, Kayla. Everything changes when they meet the Grand brothers.
Skylar is sure she should stay away from Mason Grand, but their
attraction is undeniable. Then Skylar’s life erupts into turmoil.
She steps into a world where descendants of ancient gods have super
powers, evil beings chase her, and questions arise about her own
identity. She is running out of time and running for her life, while
trying to unravel the mystery of what they want from her.
Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will Skylar
find the answers she seeks, or…

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BOOK TOUR & GIVEAWAY: BOUND BY STEEL BY CONNIE LAFORTUNE

The Bookworm Chronicles

Bound By Steel
by Connie Lafortune
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Lyra Harper
I was driving home to spend the holidays with my family.
But I lost control of my vehicle on an icy mountain road.
I slammed into a tree on the edge of Lake Lucerne.
I barely remember writing my name on the frosted windowpane.
The darkness had swallowed me whole.
I spiraled toward oblivion.
When I awoke from the gloom
I found myself in an old log cabin
With the devil’s eyes piercing fiercely into mine.
Ryker Steel
Up until four days ago, my life was tedious and tiresome.
Until, I rescued a dainty girl with golden hair and hazel eyes.
She looks just like the one I’m trying to forget.
Now my life has turned upside down and inside out.
You see, I inadvertently revealed my true identity.
Now, she can never leave.
We will live in hell…

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Seventh Generation’s Free & Clear @Seventhgen #generationgood!

 

 

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The Free & Clear option, without any added fragrances, is made for sensitive skin.

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I was selected to try @Seventhgen Free & Clear detergent packs made for sensitive skin, free, in #generationgood! #freesample

 

I personally feel good using this product knowing that it is better for my family, especially my son who has sensitive skin.  It was gentle enough that he did not break out from it as he does with a lot of other detergents. Our clothes are clean and fresh!

Fight for Your Right to Know

Stand up for accurate labeling!

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What’s the big deal anyway?

Vaginal tissue is very sensitive, which means we should be extra careful about what’s coming into contact with it. The walls of the vagina are filled with numerous blood vessels and lymphatic vessels, which allows for direct transfer of chemicals in to the circulatory system. In fact, there is considerable interest in vaginal drug delivery systems because the vagina is such an effective site to transfer drugs directly into the blood without being metabolized first.

One study found that a vaginally applied dose of estradiol (an estrogen proxy) resulted in systemic estradiol levels in the body 10 to 80 times greater compared to the same dose given orally. So, you should really know what the heck is in the products you use around the vagina.

The whole truth.

Right now, some companies tell you a little bit about what’s in their products. While tampon and pad manufacturers aren’t required to disclose ingredients, many do include some basic information on their packages about the ingredients — unless they use fragrance. A ‘fragrance’ in a product can be made up of 50-200 different ingredients, many for which health data simply doesn’t exist. This black box means that you could be exposing your body to fragrance ingredients without even knowing it.

We can do better.

Forward-thinking companies are already doing the right thing for women by voluntarily disclosing the ingredients used in their products. And leaders like Seventh Generation are taking the extra step to advocate for transparency industry-wide by co-sponsoring a rally in May.

Together, on May 23, women concerned about their health will stand alongside business leaders and tell Congress that we have the right to know what’s in the products we use so intimately. Congress can do their part by enacting a very simple, common-sense law.

Wow, I learned that the average woman uses 16,000 tampons over time, and that no federal law requires makers to disclose the ingredients in them.   Protecting the right to know is important for all women in our lives. Learn more about this!  #comeclean #generationgood #free

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ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda help #BakingSodaDoesThat #ad #free

Getting ready for Spring Cleaning?
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