Have you ever thought about all the products you use to clean your home? I mean I know we all want a clean home that smells good, looks good, and is free from germs.But have you ever wondered what is in the cleaners you use on an everyday basis and what impact it may have on our environment?
I will admit that I am guilty of having more than a few products in my house that I know cannot be that great for our water supply or air. It is hard to get out of the mentality that something has to be super powerful and loaded with chemicals to be effective. After all this is what we are taught and have been exposed to for so long that it has just become the norm.
One shocking bit of information I just learned is that there was the Toxic Substances Control Act introduced in 1976. This was meant to “help protect” the public from being exposed to toxic chemicals. The big problem is that it has not been updated in 37 years. Since then over 80K synthetic chemicals have been introduced and the EPA requires testing of less than 10% of them. That means most chemicals that are around today have never been tested to see their impact on the environment and this world that we live in.
What can we do? Seventh Generation has a petition going and is looking for 100,000 signatures by April 24, 2014 so that they can take to Congress and demand that the TSCA be re-evaluated. It may not seem like much by giving your signature to the petition, but it can be a start to helping change the way our country looks at chemicals and their impact on our lives.
My goal this year is to swap out the chemical laden cleaners in my house for ones like Seventh Generation makes. It does no good to only look at what I eat and how I exercise when I clean my house with chemicals that are making me and my family sick probably more than we know. Will you help by signing the #FightToxins petition?