Debate continues to rage regarding reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Many industry watchers are guessing that any reform of the national law is becoming less and less likely to happen before the close of 2014.
Legislative reform or not， the topic of safer chemicals in consumer products is capturing public attention， and businesses are noticing. High profile initiatives by retailers Wal-Mart， Target and Whole Foods underscore the burgeoning realization that safer products makes good business sense.personalized baby blankets
Of course any reform or initiative is only as good as the details within the effort. Simply participating in a “safer chemical” program does not a safer product make. Nonetheless， these initiatives show that concerns have moved out of the insular world of environmentalism and into the broader consumer base. TSCA after all was passed back in 1976decorative pillow shams， and only ten years ago its existence was largely known only by environmentalists and legislators. Now in 2014 the law now is being discussed by parent， consumer and health organizations and the individuals that make up those groups. Awareness has grown.
In earlier posts we’ve mentioned the American Sustainable Business Council and its Companies for Safer Chemicals Coalition. Here are some of the many other efforts looking to curb toxic chemicals in products.
Roadmap to Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) This voluntary initiative for apparel manufacturers and retailers began in 2011， with the goal of moving the industry towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020.
？Twelve large health systems joined with Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)， the Center for Health Design， and Practice Greenhealth to create the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI). HHI is designed as a guide for hospitals to reduce energy and waste， choose safer and less toxic products， and purchase and serve healthier foods.
A collaborative of businesses and environmental groups working toward safer chemicals. BizNGO.org has pioneered the GreenScreen method for companies to better assess chemical choices.
Safer States， part of Safer Chemicals， Healthy Families， provides discusses efforts ？by state，？both public and private， working to reduce questionable chemicals. This site offers a variety of information and provides a bill tracker to show the progress of proposed legislation for safer chemicals by state. Additionally， the site provides a good snapshot of efforts occurring nationally.
The above initiatives indicate that the topic of safer chemicals is likely not going away. Further， the ease of sharing information provided by the Internet is bringing the topic mainstream and into the business world， where it needs to be.
After all， safer products benefit everyone， not just environmentalists.
It happens to the best of us. You are in HomeGoods and you see a gorgeous lamp and you snap it up. You thinkit will be perfect in your bedroom. You rush home and are super excited to put it on your nightstand and see just how perfect it looks. But when you do, you realize it's all wrong. It's too small and it just kind of fades away into the background. Sigh. Now you dread having to find the time to take it back to the store and stand in the return line when you are already so busy it's hard to find time to sleep. Not good.
This past spring, Australian quilt artist and teacher, Jenny Bowker, was teaching at the Empty Spools seminars in California. Jenny is a friend, and a few years previous we had agreed to do a quilt exchange. I stopped by her classroom to give her the photo quilt I had made for her.
Hi there! I'm Ash and I am about to show you how to make YOUR perfect fit dress using your favorite tank top! In my guide I will be hand sewing seeing as my sewing machine broke when I started this project :( but that's ok!