The Safer Chemicals Act

By Kristie Turck •  Published 11/17/11 •  2 min read

Last updated on July 16th, 2022 at 09:03 pm

Today the U.S. Senate will hold a hearing on The Safe Chemicals Act.  A bill that American moms have been waiting for, for years. The Safe Chemicals Act, sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg, is a bill that will finally address our severely outdated laws surrounding the issue of chemical safety and regulation in our everyday household products.  The reform will address the antiquated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976.  It’s long overdue, and the old laws are not working.

Being a parent brings to the forefront the instinct to protect.  To protect our children and our families from harm, in any way possible. So when many of us became mothers or fathers, we took a close look at what was around us. Our mattresses are soaked in flame retardants, our cleaning products that pollute the air in our homes and the earth, our skincare, our baby bottles, … everything.

By updating TSCA, Congress can create the foundation for a sound and comprehensive chemicals policy that protects public health and the environment while restoring the luster of safety to U.S. goods in the world market.

Like our celebrity mom, Jessica Alba (who has been our Mom Ambassador on supporting this reform) says, “It is still legal to use lead, mercury, asbestos and formaldehyde in many common household products. Even worse, there are thousands of other chemicals in use that have never been tested for safety at all!”

We rely on the government to ensure that our families use safe products.  That needs to become a clearer truth rather than a false assumption.  Today at 10am EST, Moms and Dads across America will be interrupting their busy day to watch The U.S. Senate hold a hearing on “The Safe Chemicals Act“.