The Clean Hippie

Seeking the sustainable life in New York City

I Am NOT a Guinea Pig July 21, 2010

How many times have I talked about the toxic chemicals found in nail polish, lotions, and even receipts?

It’s not just these things, chemicals that can cause cancer and  mess with your ability to have children are found in stuff we touch and handle every day, like floor carpet, baby bottles, and food cans. It’s gotten so bad that they have found toxins in umbilical cords. That’s right, we’ve poisoned our babies  before they even make it out into the world. Good ol’ American ingenuity.

If by now you are saying “WTF? Isn’t someone supposed to make sure this doesn’t happen? Why are companies allowed to poison us?” You are on the right track.

As it stands now, companies are allowed to come up with all sorts of crazy stuff, and put it on the market, with no proof that it is safe. You would think after all that asbestos and lead craziness, the government would get wise and think, “Hey, maybe some man-made chemicals should be tested before we put it in insulation, paint, and food containers.” Unfortunately, it’s impossible for the EPA to keep up with the thousands of chemicals out there on the market.

Go to to voice your concern and help push new regulation through congress to make it the responsibility of manufacturers to prove their products are safe before they can be marketed.


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