Published on April 28, 2009
Slide 1: Inspiring the next generation to live an eco lifestyle Slide 2: Teens Turning Green is a coalition led by dynamic and passionate teens working to: Educate about safe, healthy, and green lifestyle choices focusing on daily chemical exposures in our schools, home and communities that harm us. Advocate for policy change that protects our health Inspire teens across the country to sustain our earth Slide 3: Since World War II, chemical production has increased more than twenty times in the US Manufactured and mined chemicals are now everywhere in our environment : Air Water Food Drinks Cosmetics and personal care products Everyday household items Chemicals in the Environment Slide 4: Why it Matters: Biomonitoring studies conducted since 1976 have shown that nearly everyone has measurable amounts of chemicals in their bodies An expanding body of evidence has linked these pollutants and manmade chemicals to health threats including: CANCER ASTHMA DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS ALLERGIES INFERTILITY BIRTH DEFECTS EARLY PUBERTY Slide 5: Breast Cancer and Women The incidence of breast cancer has increased at an alarming rate over the past sixty years: 1940 - one in twenty women 1994 - one in nine women 2004 - one in seven women Slide 6: Damage to Males Sperm count among men throughout the industrialized world has decreased by 50% over the last 50 years. Slide 7: Cancer One third of all men and one half of all women will have cancer in their lifetimes by the year 2050. Slide 8: Teen Chemical Exposure The average teen uses 10-25 personal care and cosmetic products daily. Products may contain more than 200 synthetic chemical compounds which can cause serious health hazards with repeated exposure. Slide 9: Toxicity of Personal Care and Cosmetic Products One in three personal care products contains one or more ingredients classified as a possible human carcinogen, endocrine-disrupting material, neuro or reproductive toxin. Slide 10: Untested 89% of the 10,500 chemical ingredients used in personal care products have never been tested for safety. Slide 11: Unprotected FDA does not regulate the cosmetics and personal care products industry Neither Testing nor adequate labeling are required Slide 12: EU vs. US The European Union has banned over 1100 toxic chemicals. The U.S. has only banned 9 EU uses the “Precautionary Principal” Slide 13: EWG The Environmental Working Group has compiled a database of products and ingredients to help educate consumers. Skin Deep Report www.cosmeticdatabase.com Slide 15: Dirty Thirty A resource of the most harmful chemicals found in the majority of commercial daily use products Helps consumers identify and understand the health implications of the toxic ingredients in their products Slide 16: Some Chemicals to Avoid: Parabens Phthalates Fragrance Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Talc Toluene Triclosan Petrolatum Formaldehyde Slide 17: Greener Alternatives A partial list of companies that are creating safer and healthier beauty and daily use products and acting in more responsible and sustainable ways. Slide 18: Hand-selected by teens for teens for: Safety, Sustainability, and Effectiveness Bringing a variety of companies together under one label Exclusive at Whole Foods Market nationwide- meets Premium Body Care Standards Introducing Teens Turing Green CollectionLaunched September 2008 Teens Turning Green Collection : Teens Turning Green Collection The next generation has the power to bring about change, so where better to begin than one’s own body! Slide 20: To raise awareness of the issue through public events, advocacy actions, stories and interviews on radio and television, articles in magazine and newspapers and school and community presentations like this one. The following slides are a few examples of this… Our Goals Slide 21: SB 484 - The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005The nation's first state law around cosmetics and chemical policy. Companies are required to notify the state of ingredients with known links to cancer and birth defects.Campaign members were instrumental in the passage of SB484. Their 11th hour lobbying efforts in Sacramento contributed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s decision to sign the unprecedented bill into law. Advocacy Slide 22: AB 1108 - Toxic Toys Bill: January 2008This bill bans the use of six types of phthalates in toys. It is modeled on EU and other foreign legislation that is concerned about unnecessarily exposing our children to toxic chemicals. SB 1712 - Lead in Lipstick Bill: July 2008 The first bill in the nation banning lead in lipstick, a known neurotoxin. Advocacy Slide 23: NEW CAMPAIGN ACTION: October 2008 Visual Petition to ban Lead in Lipstick Lead has also been linked to miscarriages, reduced fertility, hormonal changes and delays in the onset of puberty. Schools across the country are participating Take Canvases to rally for passage of Lead In Lipstick bill SB 1712 in January to help pass law Lips Against Lead Slide 24: Events PROJECT PROM: April 2007 San Francisco A rally on Union Square in San Francisco where hundreds came to demand healthier and safer products around prom time. Slide 25: TURNING GREEN: April 2008 New York City An Eco-Lifestyle Show featuring a day in the life of a teen turning green Events Slide 26: GREEN SPA: October 2008 Marin County An opportunity to educate as well as to demonstrate the effectiveness of healthy products, those made without toxic ingredients. Events Slide 27: Events 4th Annual Teens Turning Green National Summit February 6-7, 2009 Marin County, California Join students, teachers, and community members from across the country Learn from Experts Panel discussions, workshops, Brainstorming with visionary leaders Moderated by Teens RSVP at teensturninggreen.org Slide 28: THS is led by high school students who are committed to preserving the health of their generation By focusing their research on their school campuses as the palette for exploration This project inspires awareness about the daily toxic exposures in all aspects of the school environment and taking action to eliminate them and identify greener, less toxic alternatives Who How Why Teens for Healthy Schools Indentify products in four key areas : Indentify products in four key areas Dry Erase Markers : Dry Erase Markers Currently in use: Expo Dry Erase Markers Nontoxic Alternative: AusPen Markers Ingredients Methyl isobutyl ketone, butyl acetate, n-propanol, xylene (responsible for the awful smell), colors Methyl isobutyl ketone: harmful if swallowed or inhaled; irritant; may cause dermatitis; may lead to liver damage with prolonged exposure n-propanol: very hazardous eye and skin irritant; harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through skin; prolonged exposure can cause CNS depression, aspiration pneumonia, renal failure Xylene: CNS depression; irritates eyes, nose, throat; liver harm Xylene-free; uses safe ink Eliminates the numerous health effects listed to the left Safe to breathe and touch Slide 31: Over 5 years, an estimated $218.67 will be saved per classroom by replacing Expo Markers with AusPen Markers Hygiene : Hygiene Ingredients Ethyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Lactate, Chloride Phosphate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Fragrance, Diazolidinyl Urea, Aminomethyl Propanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben Health Effects/ Ingredient Toxicity Carcinogenic Organ system toxicity Immunotoxicity Neurotoxicity Developmental/reproductive toxicity Endocrine disruption Irritation (eyes, skin, lungs) Organic Ethanol, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Lavender Essential Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Carbomer (thickening agent), Dimethicone (silica-derived moisturizer), Aminomethyl Propanol (pH adjuster) Plant-based alternative to chemical-laden traditional hand sanitizers Non-irritating to all skin types No negative short- or long-term health effects Currently in use: Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer Nontoxic Alternative: EO Products Hand Sanitizer Slide 33: • When choosing personal care products, simpler is better • Read labels for potentially harmful ingredients Talk to your families about green lifestyle changes you can make • Visit websites to get more detail on specific products, as many offer more disclosure than labels. Email companies for further info. • Research on CosmeticsDataBase.com which has more than 22,000 products with ratings on chemical ingredients. Steps You Can Take Ongoing Efforts : Ongoing Efforts Political Lobbying Actions / Advocacy: Lips Against Lead National Chapter Building Events: Green Spas, TTG Concerts, Panel Dialogues, Project Green Prom Weekly Meetings Letter Writing Campaigns Blog on websites Slide 35: Sign up to be part of the change in your world Teensturninggreen.org You can make a difference!