Toxic chemicals lurk in everyday products

 

And we can do something about it.

 

The problem

 

  • Chemicals are released on the market without being proven safe. Most of them leave the factory in products.

  • Chemicals come out of these products and get inside our bodies, where they can make us sick.

  • Toxic chemicals are found in children, even newborns.  

  • These chemicals get inside babies and children through everyday products.

  • Developing babies and children are more susceptible to the effects of toxic chemicals – pound for pound, they breathe, eat and drink more than adults.

  • Product makers don’t have to tell us what’s in products. For instance, a baby product with foam may be labeled 100% polyurethane, yet contain 12% carcinogenic tris.

 

Solution:  Pass the Child Safe Products Act
  • The NYS Assembly has already passed the CSPA for a third year in a row, and by a greater margin and with broader bipartisan support than last year – 111 to 25.

  • Currently, there are 40 co-sponsors, over 60% of the Senate. Co-sponsors are: Boyle, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Breslin, Carlucci, Diaz, Dillan, Espaillat, Felder, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Hassell-Thompson, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Latimer, LaValle, Martins, Montgomery, O’Brien, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, and Young. 

  • A broad approach is needed, because the chemical-by-chemical approach would take too long to be genuinely protective of children.

  • The Child Safe Products Act identifies high priority chemicals, reveals their use in products for children, and removes them from these products after a transition period.

  • The Child Safe Products Act drives the marketplace towards safer solutions and supports companies that make products for children without toxic chemicals.

  • In addition to improving our children’s health it will restore consumer confidence, protect worker health and enable New York businesses to be competitive in the global marketplace.

  • Several other states have similar laws, and are implementing them with help from the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse. Washington State has already developed a database for such reporting.

  • Washington received reports of toxic chemicals in over 4,000 kinds of children’s products.

  • A diverse cross section of society supports the bill: cancer prevention advocates, teachers, nurses, and businesses.

  • Businesses, retailers, employees, consumers, and most importantly, OUR CHILDREN! All benefit.

 

Learn more at our coalition's website: www.just-green.org

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