Information gathered by advocates investigating toxic chemicals in food, baby products, toys, furniture, construction materials and other consumer goods was unveiled on a brand new website today to help Kentucky shoppers, including families, builders and others, learn how to identify potentially harmful products and find safer ones. SafeMarkets.org reflects the work of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation and other organizations across the country that are working to remove toxic chemicals from the marketplace and promote an economy based on safe, sustainable products.
"We at KEF have been concerned about toxics in products we use every day for some time," says Elizabeth Crowe, the foundation's executive director. "We've found lead in lipstick, bisphenol-A (BPA) in canned foods and sodas, and other toxics in products--all of which are dangerous to the health of families across Kentucky. All this information can be found on the new SafeMarkets.org website."
"People assume that if a product is on store shelves that it is safe, and unfortunately that could not be further from the truth. While we wait for urgent reform of our nation's chemical regulations, it has fallen on moms and dads to become educated on how to protect themselves and their families from toxic chemicals in our homes, schools and hospitals," explains Mike Schade, work group leader for the National Work Group for Safe Markets (SMW) and markets campaign coordinator with Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ).
Schade continues: "We have been sounding the alarm on toxic chemicals in back to school products for several years now, particularly lunch boxes, backpacks and other items made from vinyl--a type of plastic with many hazardous ingredients including phthalates, which are linked to asthma and reproductive harm. Parents shopping for their children's supplies can find links to CHEJ's 2013 safer school supplies guide on SafeMarkets.org."
The New website is a one-stop shop that provides critical information to consumers, retailers and manufacturers throughout Kentucky and the United States that are demanding safe food, health and beauty, furniture and cleaning products.
"SafeMarkets.org is a useful tool for families concerned about the safety of products they allow into their homes," Crow says. "It will allow them to connect the dots between the choices they make in every day purchases and the health of their families."
The website, she concludes, also serves as a reminder to our elected officials. "We will be holding them accountable for passing strong, quality legislation to regulate these chemicals and protect our children and loved ones. Everyone has the right to be safe in their own homes."
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