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Monday, March 24, 2008

Here's your chance to take action!

Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) is a national, women-centered environmental health and justice organization that works to eliminate or substantially reduce environmental toxics impacting human health and to increase women’s participation in environmental decision-making. For the month of April they are helping women across the country host Green Cleaning parties for families and friends to inform them about the toxicity of products on the market and how to replace them with non-toxic cleaners they make themselves.

Toxic chemicals invade us in every arena of our lives. There are some 85,000 chemicals in the consumer marketplace and only a fraction of them have ever been tested for their impact on human health. Many of these chemicals are now known or suspected to contribute to a long list of diseases including cancer, developmental disabilities, heart disease, infertility, and reproductive harm. Many of us use cleaners to create a clean and healthy environment. But some of the products you use may actually be harmful to your health. Certain household cleaners contain toxic chemicals linked to birth defects, fertility problems, asthma and more.
EPA research has found that the air inside the typical house contains levels of pollution 2-5 times higher than the air outside and in extreme cases can be 100 times more polluted. Nowadays the average American spends about 90% of time indoors! According to a study of human fatty tissue samples, every American man, woman and child carries at least 700 pollutants in his or her body and the average sample in breast milk produced by American women contains over 100 contaminants. Recent cord blood studies of infants at birth found over 200 different chemicals!

The use of synthetic chemicals is a big industry: a 17 billion dollar cleaning product industry and a 35 billion dollar cosmetics industry with the majority of these chemicals being unregulated and untested. Currently there are over 80,000 chemical compounds in existence and less than 10% have been adequately evaluated for human or environmental safety.
In the US alone, more than 500,000 chemical products are available to consumers with more being produced each year and our government continues to overlook the severity of the issue. This is insane! Let’s use our dollars and demand products that are not damaging to us or the planet! Together, we are powerful!

Mother Earth is speaking loud and clear these days in an attempt to communicate her distress. We need to take immediate action to remedy her ailments within our own homes. Seemingly harmless everyday items such as toilet bowl cleaners, laundry detergents, shampoos, cosmetics air fresheners, antibacterial soaps as well as the prescription medicines we take - are polluting our planet as they wash down our drains.

Consider hosting your very own Green Cleaning party! Get all the details at http://www.womenandenvironment.org/greenclean/host/index_html
Their website provides everything you need to know to host a party as well as informative fact, including
WVE’s Household Hazard report. By hosting a party, you will help spread the word about an important environmental health issue.
If you are in our area (Hartford, CT) we will be hosting our own Green Clean Party on Friday, April 4th at 6pm, followed by our Free Film Series and the showing of documentary Blue Vinyl. We'd love to have you join us! If you are a mom interested in learning more about green cleaning and even how to turn it into a business where you live - let us know and we will put you on the list for one of our upcoming ventures...coming to a city near you! Wise women putting the world back in order, one household at a time!


Paula said...

My oh my what a mess we have here. Sometimes I day dream about the world before synthetic poisons...clean water and air....ahhhhh.

I would love to have a party! Off to the calendar.

ali said...

Imani -- you're an inspiration! Thank you for taking up this issue with such passion and gusto. The ladies from Women's Voices for the Earth salute you. Keep up the great work!

Paula said...

Hey, I linked to you and copied this post on my blog....spreading the word one post at a time :)


Imani said...

It's so nice to know there are other women out there just as passionate about these issues! Together we are going to create the change we want to see in the world! Party on!

Leslie said...

Imani- you're not only an inspiration! But, a women after my own heart!! The passion exudes from your blog and it made me realize why us Eco-mama's do what we do!! I stumbled across you're blog through green maven and I would also like to place your link on my site and copy this post onto my blog- later this week! This is FAB-O and I can't wait to host a party!! Thanks for sharing such great info!! What an awesome way to support a sustainable lifestyle. I's also like to invite you over to my blog...I'm also hosting a giveway...www.recycleyourday.com/lamamanaturale.htm