Conservation Minnesota

Spring 2013: Protect Kids from Chemicals


Thousands of Minnesotans like you have told us that removing toxic chemicals from food packaging and consumer products is a top priority.  This is clearly a critical issue facing Minnesota and one that we must address now.  I want you to know that Conservation Minnesota is working hard this year to remove toxic chemicals from food packaging and consumer products, especially those marketed to children.

There are three pieces of legislation that we are working to pass this year:

  • The Toxic Free Kids Act of 2013 will require all manufacturers to list the inclusion of chemicals that the state has determined are a threat to health in their products and will give the state the authority to require gradual phase-out of these chemicals.
  • The Formaldehyde in Children’s Personal Care Products Act will require personal care products intended for children to be formaldehyde-free within a year.
  • The BPA in Children’s Food Packaging Act will require manufacturers to stop using Bisphenol-A in all food packaging intended for children within a year.

Today, you can make a big difference in just a couple of minutes.  Please send a message to your State Representative and State Senator, asking them to help protect Minnesota children from toxic chemicals.  Follow the link here and send the pre-written letter, but feel free to add your own message as well.

Thanks so much for your help.  Together we can protect the Minnesota you love.



Paul Austin
Executive Director

Read the rest of the Spring 2013 Newsletter articles.

About Paul Austin

Paul Austin

Paul Austin has 23 years of public service as an elected leader, advocate and political strategist, Paul Austin brings a rare combination of skills and experience to his position as Executive Director. At age 25, Paul was elected Mayor of Clinton, Connecticut – the youngest in state history. Paul has served as Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota since 2004.

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