Concerns over chemicals in the environment have made major news lately. From the recent call to boycott Johnson & Johnson shampoo
over its formula containing formaldehyde-releasing chemicals, to the report that most crib mattresses contain toxic chemicals
, parents have been kicking up a fuss about the need for stronger chemical regulations — particularly when it comes to the chemicals that come in contact with our kids.
Last week, members of the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition held Stroller Brigades
across the country to show their support for chemical legislation reform and let their elected officials know that they will be watching when the Safe Chemicals Act comes before Congress.
Today is that day. At 10 a.m. EST, Congress will begin a hearing on the Safe Chemicals Act, legislation that would overhaul the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. The Safe Chemicals Act would require more and better testing of chemicals before they make their way into children's products.
And it's not too late for you to speak up and show your support. If you are concerned about the chemicals that make their way into children's products, then today is the day to say so. This is not a red or blue issue. It's a parenting issue. A health issue. A safety issue. And one that we should all support.
To show your support for the Safe Chemicals Act, call, write, email, tweet or Facebook your elected officials and let them know how you feel. You can also follow the hearing via live tweets
and Facebook posts
from Safer Chemicals Healthy Families.
Today is the day. Let's raise our voices together and make sure that our elected officials hear us loud and clear.