All across the state, Minnesotans are putting health first. With this health focus, a growing number of people are concerned that our children are not getting enough exposure to nature and the outdoors, but are getting exposed everyday to toxic chemicals in household products and toys. In fact, more than 20,000 people have told Conservation Minnesota that this is a priority issue. They have good reasons.
There are more than 80,000 chemicals used in commerce, but the EPA has required safety testing on only 200. As a result, hundreds of harmful chemicals are ending up in the products we buy every day: hormone disrupting pesticides in toothpaste, hand soap, and cosmetics and brain damaging chemicals in kids’ nap mats, garden hoses, and children’s toys.
You shouldn’t have to be a chemical engineer to be able to shop safely for your family. Conservation Minnesota works with our members to educate state citizens and policymakers on the need for strict laws regulating the use of chemicals that could cause harm to our health and environment.
Conservation Minnesota is now co-leading Healthy Legacy, a statewide public health coalition working to eliminate toxic chemicals from our consumer products. Healthy Legacy’s work helped make Minnesota the first state to ban BPA (bisphenyl-A) from baby bottles and sippy cups. In 2013, we improved the legislation so that BPA is no longer allowed in food packaging marketed for children under 3 years old, including infant formula and baby food. Additionally, we helped create a ban on the use of formaldehyde in soaps, shampoo, lotions, and other personal care products marketed for children under 8 years old.
All of these things are just common sense. We need to protect ourselves, our families, and our Great Outdoors from toxic chemicals. Working together, we can ensure that our state is a healthy place to raise your family.