Monday, April 22, 2013

Living More Consciously: The Safer Chemicals Act and a 3 Month Subscription Conscious Box Giveaway

Our earth, homes, shelves and bodies have been impacted by the use of chemicals found in daily environment. Many us from all walks of life share in the concerns of what these chemicals do to our lives and those whom we love dearly. We all understand there is a problem. Common chemicals found in products are minimally regulated for use and lack information and research. Many manufacturers use them with little restriction in the products that they sell. Moreover, transparency in these settings are not forthcoming to consumers who desire to understand the nature of the ingredients in the products that they purchase.

The wonderful news is the Safer Chemicals Act (S. 847) led by Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and 29 senators introduced this legislation to the Senate on April 14th.

The legislation would require:

  • The chemical industry to develop and provide information of their chemicals to remain on the market.
  • The EPA to take immediate action on the worst chemicals.
  • TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act, passed in 1976) Reform

The Act would also encourage

  • Protection to our health by using the best science. In particular, “sub-populations” such as pregnant women and children and those who reside near “hot spots”
  • Health and safety information on chemicals to be made available to the public
  • The EPA to identify “hot spots” and take immediate action to reduce chemical exposure in those communities
  • Innovation that lead to new, safer chemicals with rewards
  • American manufacturers to compete in a world that wants safer chemicals and products. Because so little information is provided on a chemical, many companies are forced to choose between a chemical with known hazards and alternative chemicals whose safety is unknown.

You can lend your support by writing to your senators and asking them to co-sponsor the bill. You can find the list of senators who are currently co-sponsoring here.

The Wikipedia definition of conscious is to be aware of, responding to one’s surroundings; awake. Just as the Safer Chemicals act demonstrates our awakening awareness of how chemicals are impacting our environment and bodies, Conscious Box, a monthly subscription service is dedicated to promoting conscious products.

Conscious Box finds “inspirational, purpose-driven businesses that make a difference through their products” and delivers them to your doorstep each month. Green-washing is so prevalent and misleading nowadays that marketing research shows that many consumers do not trust products that are labeled “organic”.

Conscious box provides a positive service to those who desire to incorporate a more natural lifestyle. I really relate to the Conscious box philosophy, like myself, they also believe that our dollars shape our society. When we spend money on certain products we’re supporting the process and the company behind it. I will go as far as to say that how we spend our money is just as important as voting in the polls when selecting our government officials. In a capitalistic society, this reasoning makes sense, at least to me, when the demand affects what is supplied. We can consciously ask ourselves what are we actually demanding? While Conscious box provides support during this discovery, I strongly believe that we, as consumers should do as much independent research as we can to protect ourselves from deceptive marketing practices.

I’ll bet you’re wondering….

Every month is a surprise! You’ll discover new products from new companies. Some months offer thematic products. You’ll also find coupons for some of the products in the box. Here’s what I received….

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I LOVED Dale’s Raw Protein Bar! So delicious and yummy! Now for the fun part….TheOliveParent is giving away a 3 month subscription to the Conscious Box! That’s a $60.00 value! For three months you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of eco-conscious products to discover.

You can go a more direct route and subscribe to the Conscious Box yourself…here’s how cool Conscious Box is…they are giving one box away for free, you’ll only pay for shipping and handling. Use this code: SECRETCODE to receive your box. Available to readers of TheOliveParent! Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more to keep up with the latest on TOP. You’ll find the social media icons on the side bar.

 

 

 

 

Entry in the giveaway is super easy! Leave a comment and tell me how you plan to live more consciously with Conscious Box’s subscription. Or tell me what you think of the Safer Chemicals Act. Complete as many entries as possible to increase your chances of winning. The giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older. The giveaway ends the 15th of May at 11:00 PM CST. Entry into the giveaway indicates you understand it’s terms and conditions.

Disclaimer:

This giveaway is sponsored by Conscious Box and is hosted by TheOliveParent. Conscious Box or TheOliveParent have no affiliations or agreement with SaferChemicals.org or HealthyStuff.org. More information about the Safer Chemicals Act can be found here. This post contains affiliate links.

 

42 comments:

  1. I'm always on the lookout for good things to bring into our home whether it be food or cleaning products or clothes and toys. I know Conscious Box is a great way to find these products I may not have heard of. :)

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  2. I would share them with friends and family to spread all of the natural products so others can enjoy them.

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  3. I'm always buying and looking for the right green products.......with the box , i could try alot and hopefully find some good things....

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  4. the safer chemicals act is wonderful...it just sad that we have to fight to pass laws like that...its something that should be automatic without thought...watching out for people's health and safety

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    1. I totally agree, it should be automatic. Why would you want include toxins in products that may harm your customers? I scratch my head at this all the time. It's so important to understand that we vote with our dollars. We should reward companies with green and positive social initiatives with our $$$

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  5. I'm always looking for ways to eat better and keep myself healthy in snacks!

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  6. I'm a big fan of the safer chemicals act - and I'm definately trying to go more "green"

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    1. Write your senators and encourage them to co-sponsor!

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  7. I think the Safer Chemicals Act is a great thing; the government is meant for laws like this to protect the safety of the public!

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  8. I think the safer chemicals act will only provide companies like Monsanto to cover up their primary goal of making more money under the guise of "protecting the people". The only way something like this would ever work is to take the corrupt officials out of office and keep big corporate money from making all the decisions. Just my two cents.

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    1. Interesting perspective....

      The campaign Monsanto ran against Prop 37 in CA was clearly unethical and their claims presented no logical facts. My thinking was Monsanto and friends wanted regulation on the federal level because they have more "control" there?

      We as consumers and citizens need to be diligent and hold our government accountable for the jobs they've been elected to do. After all we live in a democratic society...right??? I must confess, at times, it certainly doesn't seem that way...

      Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I hope the Safer Chemicals Act passes as I think it's important that we are informed of the ingredients that are in our food and household products!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I would use my subscription to tell my friends and family about "green" products and let them try the products out too.

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  11. I think the Safer Chemicals Act is very important for the health of our planet and very much needed right now!

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  12. I'm always trying to balance a budget and healthy, eco-friendly food and supplies. The Conscious Box will let me try these out so I don't feel like I'm taking a risk!

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  13. Safer chemicals is great for protecting the environment
    Thanks! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com Janna johnson on GFC

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  14. I want to become a better informed consumer of green products.

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  15. I really hope it passes, because it impacts all future generations, and I'm a grandma so that's important to me

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  16. I am a huge supporter of the Safe Cosmetics Act. For now, I rely on EWG (Skin Deep) for recommendations. I've signed petitions aimed at big companies using harmful chemicals.

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    1. That's fantastic!

      Here's the link to the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Cosmetic Database (EWG) for anyone interested.

      http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

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  17. I think that the Safer Chemicals Act is necessary and I hope that it passes. I try to use as little chemicals as possible and prefer natural products, which is why I love services like Conscious Box. Hopefully with legislation like the Safer Chemicals Act everyone will start to realize that there are harmful substances out there that we encounter on a daily basis.

    dhsauers(at)gmail.com

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    1. Hi Danielle!

      I agree. Chemicals are so commonly used I think a lot of people would be shocked by how prevalent it is. We use chemicals that other countries have banned for use. Even certain drugs and vaccines have been banned for use by other countries that we use (and promote). We need regulation.

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  18. It sounds like it has good intentions, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of specifics to the bill. Maybe it's the just the writeup. Bills don't tend to get passed when they're vague and not very clear.

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  19. I would get the vegan box to learn of new companies that support the vegan lifestyle! I hope the safer chemicals act passes!

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  20. I enjoy learning about new companies that I can support.

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  21. I love the idea of safer chemicals. There are so many things we use from day to day that after time is so dangerous. Thank you for this giveaway.

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  22. I feel like the Safer Chemical act should've been in place a while ago. I believe its a necessary thing now, especially during our lifetime, to enact rules in place to keep this world healthy for our children & grandchildren

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  23. Its about time to pass an act like this, its long overdue!

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  24. I would use it to learn about products that are better to use and to share them with friends.

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  25. i would use this to learn about eco friendly products and share

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  26. i will share the contents with friends so we can all learn about new products that are healthy for the earth. and i will find a way to repurpose the box it comes in.

    velvetelvis46@yahoo.com

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  27. It is such a good thing for current and future generations

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  28. The Safer Chemicals Act helps me teach my kids about healthy living.

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  29. I would use my three month subscription to replace all my hazardous items from my bathroom, including make up and cleaners!

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  30. i would use safer products in my house. i dont like to use chemicals now, i dont even use chemicals in my yard, which is why i have lots of weeds. i have 3 4 legged girls and and very careful abt what i use in my house and yard. i even use all natural flea and tich products as well. i think everyone could benefit from the safer chemical act. there would be less chance of accidental poisonings, burns, etc.

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  31. I would use it to guide me towards products that are better for the environment & safer for my family.

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  32. I think the Safer Chemical Act is a GREAT idea! I would love for the world to become a safer more environmentally friendly place
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

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  33. The Safer Chemicals Act should be passed and signed into law as soon as possible.

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  34. I will share the box with others and try to get them to sign up for this program and so more people will support conscious living!

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  35. I am supporter of the Safe Chemicals Act. I would share my box with my family

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  36. I support the Safe Chemicals Act. We have been working on going more green around here. I would share my box with my family and help them take a step forward by working on going green as well.

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