Are you into protecting the planet? Are you always talking with people about ways to minimize their impact or carbon footprint? Do you want to do something to reduce humanity’s negative impact on our air, water, and soil? Maybe you already know a lot about being “green” but you’d like to better understand what is driving the destruction of our environment and deepen your green to learn about chemicals and their impact.
If you’re passionate about learning and taking action on the climate crisis, join our program to become a MADE SAFE®-trained Youth Ambassador.
As we celebrate Earth Day, the MADE SAFE® team is looking at ways that we can refuse single-use plastic, and even reduce the amount of plastic we consume – period.
There are so many issues related to plastic pollution – it causes problems for our health, our aquatic ecosystems, our food systems, and our communities. The ubiquitous problem of plastic as a material encompasses everything from endocrine disruption to a lack of biodegradability, and many more issues in-between. For this reason, MADE SAFE Certification does not permit the use of single-use plastic in any Certified products and we encourage sustainable packaging practices.
At MADE SAFE® we are working to create a world in which harmful and polluting chemicals and substances are eliminated from use, even in the absence of regulation. The uniquely rigorous MADE SAFE Certification process helps steer the market away from the use of thousands of harmful and polluting substances in consumer goods. This work protects our planet and its inhabitants for generations to come.
The EPA recently released their final rule on chlorpyrifos in which they are revoking all “tolerances” for the permitted amount for use on food, effectively banning the continued use and presence of the chemical in food. According to the report, the final rule will take effect 60 days from the announcement and the official allowance for usage on American crops will end in six months. Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate pesticide that has been in use since 1965 and it is commonly applied to crops such as citrus, grapes, and sugar beets. Exposure to chlorpyrifos has been linked to many harmful effects including attention difficulties, autism, intelligence declines, problems with the working memory, and increased odds of tumor growth.
Though this is exciting news, it may be wise to continue to avoid chlorpyrifos until it is fully removed from the food system. An easy way to do this is by shopping for organic foods, or at least prioritizing organic foods for heavily sprayed crops.
I recently gave a TEDx talk in the Berkshires speaking about environmentally-induced illness and disease. Did you know that one quarter of all deaths worldwide could be prevented if we mitigated environmental exposures?
If you want to learn more about how exposures to endocrine-disrupting and other toxic chemicals in our everyday lives rob us of our health and wellbeing, then watch my full talk (scroll to bottom of page). In the meantime, here are five things I would urge you to start doing now to reduce your exposure to harmful substances:
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