Toxic Chemicals are Pervading Our Lives. It is Time to Make a Change!

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Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored conversation in partnership with Seventh Generation.  Regardless, this is a topic I feel very strongly about.

Did you know that 85,000 synthetic and potentially toxic chemicals have been introduced into the market since the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976, the EPA has required testing on less than 10%?

Did you know the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976, and unlike other major environmental laws, has never been updated?

Did you know scientists have linked exposure to toxic chemicals to many health risks, such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, asthma, birth defects, and various reproductive problems?

300 Toxic Chemicals in Umbilical Cord

Did you know, according to experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 300 toxic chemicals are showing up in babies’ umbilical cords. Stuff that can hurt their nervous systems, mess with developing brains and lower IQs. These chemicals are also linked to cancer, birth defects and asthma?

Are you concerned yet? You should be.

While we don’t need to run around screaming “the sky is falling!!!” we do need to take action to try to change the law.  We need to let our legislators know that the current laws and standards just don’t cut it.

Isn’t it ironic that, while testing chemicals on infants and children is technically illegal and unethical, the current laws unwittingly allow your babies and children to be guinea pigs for all the untested chemicals that are currently in our personal care and household products?

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Our little ones are pretty super in our eyes, but it isn’t fair for us to give them a battle to fight before they’re even old enough to know what they’re fighting for.

What can you do? You can demand that Congress reevaluate the Toxic Substances Control Act for the first time since 1976.

Seventh Generation, a brand who for 25 years has worked towards creating healthy homes by delivering plant derived products using bio-based ingredients, has created The Toxin Freedom Fighters.  The Toxin Freedom Fighters is an initiative designed to push a reform on TSCA which would have all of these chemicals studied, evaluated and tested.

Please visit The Toxin Freedom Fighters website to sign the online petition asking our lawmakers to push forward legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act.  This petition with all of our signatures will be presented to congress on April 30, 2014!

Click here to Join the fight!


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Amy is mom to three, wife to one, and a sister and aunt to many. Her family is a former military family now settled in Lehi, Utah. Oh So Savvy Mom began as a way for Amy to share parenting and product advice with others. Just as she has evolved, Oh So Savvy Mom has evolved into a resource for Healthy Living for Families, Food, Parenting, and Family Travel.


  1. This: "300 toxic chemicals are showing up in babies’ umbilical cords" is actually mind-blowing. Count me in on the petition.
  2. shelly peterson says
    It's sad that the EPA has required testing on less than 10% of the 85,000 synthetic and potentially toxic chemicals have been introduced into the market since the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976. I will have to check out the Seventh Generation products. I have already signed the petition.
  3. i can definitely see the connection between the chemicals and illnesses
  4. I know that this post is over a year old, but the problem is still so very current! This post has covered so much and offered such wonderful information. I have had lupus for over 35 years. They don't know what causes Lupus, but one of the suspects is chemicals/toxins. I have used Seventh Generation products for several years and really like them. Thanks for such a great post.
  5. The main issue is differentiating between chemicals that are actually toxic and chemicals that are unfairly maligned. There are likely advocacy groups out there protesting perfectly harmless chemicals while ignoring others that fly under the radar.
    • Very true. My little brother is a Biochem major--he actually just started his master's program, and he talks about this all the time. What you just pointed out is exactly where I am in my health journey--sorting out those chemicals that are likely to be harmful, and those that just have funky names. :)