Creating a safer world for our children is essential, but what can we moms and dads do? Way more than you think.
When I was four months pregnant with my first child I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. I had been observant before my diagnosis, but this was a wake up call of a much greater magnitude. I started paying attention.
Learning what was in my food supply, care products, and cleaners was infuriating. Did manufactures really care so little about my health, and the well being of my children? What I have learned since asking this question is frightening. Let me sum it up by saying: we are highly valuable when we are sick- a great profit is made from our illnesses.
What are we to do with this?
Literally everywhere we turn our options for food, cleaners, and care products are loaded with chemicals that make us sick. People are working hard to pass legislation that will make this illegal, but I believe there is something faster, more efficient, and far more powerful that we can do to create change.
Remember a few years ago when we found out that baby bottles contained BPA? Do you remember what happened? Parents were outraged! We demanded that this poisonous chemical be removed from our babies’ bottles. Parents who could, spent a little more money on bottles that were manufactured without it. In record time, other manufacturers followed, and before we knew it Babies R Us committed to carrying nothing with BPA.
There was not a single piece of legislation or law involved in this initial change (there has been since of course). Instead, there was connection and determination. We parents informed each other about BPA and why it was dangerous. One parent told another, and then another, and then another… We looked into the faces of our friends’ children and said “not your child. Not my child. We demand better.” And we did.
Manufacturers quickly saw the seriousness of our demands- we wanted safer bottles for our babies, and we were willing to pay for them. Now, even the least expensive bottles are BPA free- along with most other plastics.
The thing about laws is that there is always a way around them. The thing about parents protecting their children is that there is no hiding.
While I believe keeping the pressure on senators and legislation is important, it seems the only thing that drives manufacturing is what sells. If customers won’t pay, companies won’t create. We hold the power, not them. We are not helpless victims who are subject to the disease causing practices of unethical companies. Every time we make a purchase we are stating what is acceptable and what is not. We voice our demands with every dollar we spend.
“I agree. I agree!” you say. “But where do I start?”
1. Eliminate unneeded products. Fabric softener, hair conditioner, body wash, etc. are all unnecessary. If we stop buying stuff we do not need, not only does it significantly lessen our exposure, it makes room in our budget for toxin free products- even those that cost a little more.
2. Purchase from ethical companies who are committed to creating healthy families and a sustainable world. Seventh Generation is is one of these companies. Of particular interest is that Seventh Generation products are now available in all Target stores- they are officially accessible. Purchasing from a company like Seventh Generation matters. It shows companies where we are willing to spend our money. It shows them that we value our safety and our children- and that we will support companies who do, too.
For 25 years we’ve created healthy products for healthy homes by using plant-derived, bio-based ingredients. We speak loudest through our products: We won’t use chemicals of concern and we disclose all ingredients right on our packaging. Seventh Generation
Here are 5 tips from Healthy Child Healthy World that you can implement in your home today!
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