I was pretty appalled when I saw this new Web site sponsored by the chemical industry that aims to make harmful chemicals in household products look safe and even fun! As green advocates face an uphill battle against greenwashing corporations, this is just the latest nonsense to get in the way of progress and change for the safety and health of our families.
Lindsay Dahl of of Safer Chemicals has written a great post on this:
By Lindsay Dahl
It’s really pretty gross. And transparent.
A new website was launched called “Kids + Chemical Safety,” hosted by a non-profit organization, yet sponsored by the largest coalition of chemical manufacturers in the country. Their stated goal? To provide “balanced information” for parents and consumers.
The website is adorned with pictures of children playing, drinking from baby bottles, having a good ole time with their toys. And yet the information is dangerously misleading.
Some of the information on this new website is innocuous, useful information for parents, like poison control numbers and choking hazards. But despite this cynical attempt to give their website credibility, the content about chemicals is both misleading and wrong.
Here’s some of what they say and why it’s wrong:
We’ve seen this over and over. It was just a few years ago that a similar website from the “Coalition for Chemical Safety” popped up looking just like ours! The public health community was so successful in discrediting this front group, they eventually took down the website, and got busy building this new one.
The chemical industry coalition I mentioned, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), is listed as one of the supporters of the website. How much do they care about protecting your families health? They have been fighting the Safe Chemicals Act every step of the way through Congress.
Don’t be duped. The chemical industry does not have your children’s health foremost in their mind and apparently this non-profit doesn’t either. At Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, we work with the best scientists and physicians to provide you with good science and steps to take action and protect your family.
Please take action and send an email to your Senators letting them know that you’re not falling for the latest PR stunt by the chemical industry, and neither should they.