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Thursday, April 11, 2013

How to Be Green? Here's How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Toxic Chemicals

Me outside of Target before delivering the SCHF coalition letter and Hazardous 100+ list

Join with Me and Ask the Top 10 Retailers to Ban the Hazardous 100+ From Their Store Shelves!

What would you give to be able to shop and never have to worry about hazardous chemicals science tells us are detrimental to our health like: Phthalates which are used to soften vinyl plastic and can be found in products like school supplies and have been linked to low testosterone, birth defects and cancer or Parabens in personal care products which have been linked to endocrine disruption and Formaldehyde which is a known carcinogen yet still used to produce many household products like clothing, cosmetics and over 100 more?

Scientists have established links between exposures to many of these chemicals and chronic diseases and health conditions, including cancer, infertility, learning and developmental disabilities, behavioral problems, obesity, diabetes, and asthma.


I mean seriously, who is minding the store????

Well that is exactly the question that the +Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF) coalition is asking and you and I, along with bloggers from all over the Unites States, can get on board to make our collective voices heard and help push retailers to create needed change for our health and the health of our environment! 
"We've seen the power of retailers to change the marketplace," says Andy Igrejas of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families - USA Today

How My Visit to Target Went...

I was actually really happy to talk with my local Target store manager "R" - he asked that I not use his real name - because he went above and beyond and gave me the number to Target media relations as he said, "There really isn't anything I can do at this level."  Funny as he was saying that, I was thinking to myself just how much there is we can all do right in our own backyard.

From the Mind the Store SCHF website

While I was making my own little difference in my backyard at my local Target, I even chatted with some customer service reps and found that they too, are concerned with the chemicals in their food, cosmetics, furniture and other consumer goods. 

Are You Concerned Too? Then Join With Us 

If you are concerned with the negative health consequences science has shown are causing illness among us like asthma, cancer, infertility, learning and developmental disabilities, behavioral problems, obesity, and diabetes then join with us!  Take a few minutes and tell the top 10 retailers in the US that we want them to get tough on toxic chemicals and work for consumers to ban the Hazardous 100+ from their shelves and create a healthier future for all!

Click here to sign your name to the SCHF letter to the big ten to “Mind the Store” and show your support for safe products!
Take action and sign on to our letter today – with one click you can send your message to the big ten – it’s time to “Mind the Store!”


Check out how some of my fellow bloggers are getting involved too!
  • Anne Brock (TN) - Costco 
  • Katy Farber (VT) – Home Depot
  • Harriet (NJ) - CVS 
  • Lori Alper (MA) - Walgreens
  • Sommer Poquette (MI) – Walmart
  • Becki Lewis (PA) - Best Buy
  • Laura MacCleery (DC) - Safeway
  • Anna Hackman (NY) – Lowes  
  • Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Roundup Post 




P.S.- People always ask me where I get my organic food and personal care products and I love to tell them about The Green PolkaDot Box! Backed by the Organic Consumer's Association and EnvironmentalBooty.com, you can easily buy NonGMO organic groceries, including Harvest Fresh Organic produce, at wholesale pricing online.  It's like a Sam's club but focused on products for green, healthy living! You can even shop by dietary restrictions like gluten free, vegan or diabetic and it all comes right to your front door. Enjoy!
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