Green cleaning parties educate and activate concerned consumers MISSOULA, Mont. -- This Earth Week, Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) will be organizing people to get green, clean and political. Their growing Green Cleaning Party movement will take on a new mission in 2010—to pass the Safe Chemicals Act a bill introduced last Thursday that will help ensure cleaning product makers are not using chemicals that may be harmful to human health.
WVE, a national women’s environmental health group, started Green Cleaning Parties to give people the tools they needed to make their own green cleaners at home and avoid the chemicals used in cleaners that have been linked to long-term health problems. Since their launch in 2008, concerned consumers have organized over 13,000 people across the country in schools, daycares, libraries and homes. As a result, more and more cleaning product companies are starting to disclose the chemicals in their products, or replace them with safer alternatives. WVE released a report in 2007, Household Hazards (read it here), which found several chemicals in common household cleaning products have been linked to reproductive and developmental harm, and even asthma, the most common serious chronic childhood disease, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
As part of the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Coalition, a nationwide effort to pass smart policies that protect consumers from toxic chemicals, WVE is using Earth Week Green Cleaning Parties to highlight the need for better chemicals policy in the U.S. “People are really concerned about the harmful chemicals used in cleaners—the fact that we don’t even know what we’re being exposed to is an example of what’s wrong with our current chemical policy system,” says Erin Switalski, Executive Director. “We’re encouraging people to host these parties to raise support for federal policies that protect us from toxic chemicals—it’s just common sense.”
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