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  1. Healthier Homes,Healthier Families

  2. Healthy Legacy Coalition “Promoting the production and use of everyday products without toxic chemicals”

  3. Why toxins are in our consumer products How toxic chemical exposure impacts health Steps you can take in your home to reduce exposure What is happening in Minnesota and nationally to address this problem

  4. Everyday products are made with thousands of chemicals, and few have been adequately tested for their health effects on people

  5. New Toxic Substances Control Act EPA will be working through a backlog of tens of thousands of chemicals At a rate of only 20 chemicals at a time

  6. Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) • Improved research methods means more chemicals are being detected in new places • New chemicals are being developed at an astonishing rate • Old chemicals are being used in new ways • www.health.state.mn.us/cec

  7. Chemicals in our Bodies Average of 43 chemicals in pregnant women

  8. Indoor Air Pollution Photo by Bill Roehl

  9. We can protect ourselves by using common sense and preventing unnecessary exposures

  10. Buy Kid Safe Products Buy products made from materials such as: Wood Cloth Glass Stainless steel Resources and recommendations: www.gettingready4baby.org/introduction

  11. Use Prudence with Plastic • MICROWAVE in glass or ceramic, NOTplastic • CHOOSEsafer plastics #1, #2, • #4 & #5 • AVOID • #3 vinyl/pvc • #6 styrofoam • #7PC polycarbonate

  12. Choose Safe Food Packaging AVOID canned food with BPA lining BUY fresh, frozen or dried food CHOOSE Tetra packs or glass jars

  13. Check for Flame Retardants Look for TB 117 tag. replace item when possible BUY upholstered furniture with TB117-2013 tag with “does not contain flame retardants” REDUCEdust WASH hands frequently, especially kids Alkawake

  14. Be Picky About Personal Care Products CHOOSE Safe Products Skin Deep Database http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ WASH with mild soaps AVOID Antibacterial Soaps

  15. Clean without chemicals Make your own cleaning products Choose safe products Use Healthy Cleaning Guide http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners

  16. Don’t Get Too Stressed Out Photo by Dee

  17. CLEAN WATER ACTION Protecting Minnesota’s lakes, river, streams and drinking water

  18. “We envision a future in which the health of Minnesotans is protected by creating safe products made safely” Healthy Legacy’s Vision for Minnesota John Schilling

  19. Minnesota Leads Nation • Prohibits BPA in • Baby Bottles • Sippy Cups • Children’s food packaging • Banned • Formaldehyde in children’s body products • Four flame retardants from upholstered furniture & kid’s products

  20. Steps for a Safer Home & Community CHANGE your behavior SUPPORT protective policies GET INVOLVED

  21. Tom Johnson Clean Water Action/ Healthy Legacy Coalition www.cleanwater.org/mn