Parents are often concerned about the food that goes in their young children’s bodies – but what about the air they breathe everyday? Seventh Generation and The Motherhood has partnered up with Healthy Child Healthy World for a Twitter Party next Tuesday, June 25, at 1p ET / noon CT / 10a PT, creating a healthy environment for our babies and kids. We’ll share tips and advice for creating a toxin-free home environment for your kids, ingredients to avoid, recommended products and more.
Seventh Generation created Healthy Baby Home Parties online as well. The home parties were developed in partnership with Healthy Child Healthy World to give moms like us a platform to share parenting ideas and rally our friends around topics that resonate deeply – like creating a healthy environment for our babies and kids.
I attended a Virtual Twitter Party yesterday and learned so much so I’d like to share some of that with you.
- There are more than 80,000 chemicals registered for use in the U.S., but comprehensive pre-market safety testing of these chemicals is not required under any federal law.
- In the European Union (EU), 1,328 chemicals have been banned for use in personal care products. In the U.S., only 11 chemicals have been banned or restricted by the FDA.
- The primary U.S. law that regulates chemicals in everyday products hasn’t been updated in more than 35 years.
Aren’t those alarming? Why don’t our lawmakers care more about the things we are putting into our bodies? I agree with Seventh Generations statement that “Chemicals are guilty until proven innocent”! So we need to urge Senators to strengthen and pass the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) as soon as possible. It’s easy! Click here to find and message your senator.
You can also Host your own Healthy Baby Home Party! Healthy Baby Home Party began four years ago as a way to spread awareness of the dangers of chemicals among moms and caregivers.
There are some things you can do right now at home to decrease chemical exposure:
- Take off your shoes at the door: 85 percent of the dirt in our homes is tracked inside on the bottom of our shoes. It’s not just dirt, but toxins like lead, pesticides, gasoline residue and more. Keep your home safer by taking off your shoes. It’s the public health equivalent of washing your hands.
Buy safer body care: Children are exposed to an average of 27 care product ingredients on a daily basis that have not been found safe for developing bodies. Protect your family’s health by avoiding products with ingredients like parabens, synthetic fragrances & triclosan. For a list of most-toxic offenders, download the free eBook, “Easy Steps to a Healthy & Safe Nursery.”
- Avoid Non-Stick Cookware: You love your faithful pan that cooks anything and everything and nothing ever sticks, right? But here’s the bad news, when heated to above normal cooking temperatures, some non-stick coatings release perfluorooctanoic acid, which is scary as it sounds. It has been linked to cancer. Consider switching to cast iron or stainless steel.
Avoid Recycling Receipts: Sure, they may look like paper, feel like paper, but really they shouldn’t be recycled like paper; they contain BPA. The BPA in the receipts will contaminate the other recyclables in the mix. just throw receipts into the trash or better yet avoid them all together if possible.
Ban the can: Bisphenol-A (BPA), a hormone disruptor that has been linked to everything from obesity to cancer, is in the plastic resin that lines most canned goods—from soups to sodas. Look for foods packaged in glass or eat fresh, dried, and frozen options.
So please join us on Tuesday, June 25, at 1p ET / noon CT / 10a PT to learn more about this important topic while learning ways you can make your home safer (affordable ways!).
Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #HealthyBaby hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite: http://twtvite.com/
Prizes: Five prizes will be awarded throughout the party to participants who respond correctly to trivia questions. Each winner will receive a package of Seventh Generation products.
Hosts: @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann, @SeventhGen
How can you provide the healthiest environment for the next generation?
Disclosure: I have partnered with Seventh Generation and TheMotherhood to co-host this Twitter Party. I received a promotional item for my time.