Put Us Out of Business, Please

Test tubes of red and blue chemicals

Photo by Horia Varlan

 

At Protect Our Breasts, we believe in the power of information sharing. The moment someone is exposed to a piece of information concerning the future of their health, they have two options: they can ignore said information, or they can take action. Our mission is to share the conversation about toxins in everyday products through our social media sites so that we reach those most vulnerable to endocrine disrupting chemicals, and give them the opportunity to make decisions that can impact their future.

We hope one day, sooner than later, we are put out of business. Not because we believe that informing our peers about ways they can prevent breast cancer in their lives is unimportant, but because there is a greater necessity for a widespread form of change. We reach out to industry leaders such as retailers and manufacturers that have power over the contents of their products so that there is a direct effect in the supply chain, but the most universal way of making a safer marketplace is through those who can make change at the political level. Once corporations and farms and other entities that produce the items we consume on a daily basis are bound to laws that prohibit use of harmful substances, our risk of exposure drops tremendously.

TSCA

The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) was passed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to regulate chemicals used in production. Since the enactment of this law, there have been numerous studies released on the health effects caused by chemicals on the TSCA Inventory list, which contains over 80,000 chemicals. Chemicals listed include commercial PBDEs and Propyl Paraben, both of which have been proven to be endocrine disrupting chemicals that can contribute to cancer and other diseases.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families lists on their website the reasons why TSCA is inherently flawed: only 200 of the 80,000 chemicals currently in the marketplace today have been tested for safety. TSCA has made it difficult to look up information on the safety of a chemical, and chemical manufacturers are allowed to decide whether or not to disclose information about ingredients.

Why is it that the European Union maintains a higher standard for the production and manufacturing of toxic chemicals through their “Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals” (REACH) legislation and the US has yet to catch up?

The Protect Our Breasts team desperately wants to get back to our academic classes. Our work is fulfilling in every sense of the word; protecting individuals from environmental toxins through education has us working to save lives, slowly but surely. But there are more influential people that maintain government positions that have the ability to directly influence the future of chemicals in the marketplace. While some have worked on reform, efforts have stalled. We need them now.

It’s Time for Change

Once legislation changes, industry will change. In the meantime, we will share the information to help us all make better choices and send the message that we want a safer marketplace through our everyday purchases.

Making the commitment to safer alternatives, you are giving yourself and your loved ones a chance for a healthier future. Join the conversation with Protect Our Breasts on Facebook, download our free tip card and learn how to practice safer habits at the grocery store shelves.

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Natasha Merchant

Natasha Merchant is the Head of Promotion for Protect Our Breasts, and also focuses on GMO legislation and policy research. She is a Public Health and Economics double major with a concentration in Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Note: This Perspectives Blog post is written by a guest blogger of DrGreene.com. The opinions expressed on this post do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Greene or DrGreene.com, and as such we are not responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied. View the license for this post.

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