6.5//Three Things That Need Your Attention This Week

Change is happening fast in our world, and we’re excited to have a seat at the table. Read on to see the three articles or news reports that moved us this week (and thus proved to us that we’re doing something right).

June 5 Important Article Roundup

The report

We’re thrilled to announce that our Founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew and Head of Health and Safety Mia Davis have been voted in to speak on a panel called “Toxins All Around Us: Safe, the New Sustainable” at Austin’s SXSW Eco on October 6-8. SXSW is an annual gathering of forward-thinking people in their respective fields, and we will be joining the ranks of Heather White, the Executive Director of the Environmental Working Group and Rick Smith, the author of Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of our Bodies and Our World.

The Action

If you are in the Austin area, or have friends that are, we urge you to spread the word. We’re ecstatic to be building the traction to speak about the Beautycounter mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone on a nation-wide scale, and link arms with some of the most influential people in our space.

The Report

Healthcare juggernaut Kaiser Permanente made a stand today against toxic flame retardants“‘We want manufacturers to shift to new products that don’t contain harmful chemicals,'” Kathy Gerwig, a vice president and environmental stewardship officer for Kaiser, said. “‘That won’t happen without marketplace pressure.'” 

The Action

Flame retardant chemicals in furniture have been linked to cancer, reproductive problems and developmental delays in children (without even providing a statistically significant amount of protection from flames, either). Try to switch out the low-hanging fruit first to the best of your ability: Baby mattresses or curtains can be a quick and inexpensive switch, and try to be mindful for any future purchases. 

The Report

 EWG Superweeds

The Action

From the EWG:

“The Environmental Protection Agency is considering an application by Dow Chemical Co. to use a combination of glyphosate, the chemical in Monsanto’s Roundup, with 2,4-D, a highly toxic weed killer, on genetically engineered corn and soybeans designed to withstand 2,4-D.

If the Dow application is approved, the 2,4-D experiment would roll out on a grand scale: likely on tens of millions of acres, leading to 2,4-D pollution of food, water, residential areas and wildlife habitat. We need to do everything we can to make sure the EPA keeps this toxic weed killer away from our food and out of our environment.

The EPA is now seeking comments from the public and that window is about to close. Before the EPA makes its final decision, the agency’s leadership needs to hear from YOU right now. Stand with EWG today to protect human health and the environment: Tell the EPA not to approve Dow’s application of 2,4-D herbicide for use on genetically engineered crops!”

Sign the petition to stop the Dow’s application of 2,4-D herbicide, here.