Minnesota EcoMoms-Chapter of the EcoMom Alliance

EcoMoms: one home, one friend, one school, business or park or playground at a time
AMpWed, 20 Feb 2008 02:30:35 +000030Wednesday, 16, 2008, 12:56 am02
Filed under: Sustain Your Home, Sustain Your Planet

I have felt yucky sending my child to school knowing he would be around food, chemicals, and other influences that I won’t let cross through my door. In 2005, when he boarded the kindergarten bus, I knew I had to get over it or become a full time home schooler. Since, I have a hard enough time keeping my commitment to be a sometime home schooler on weekends, breaks and summers, I have resigned myself to live with the tension…until now that is.
The time has come. Critical mass has spoken. We Edina EcoMoms want our classrooms and schools to better reflect the products, produce, and values that we uphold in our homes. It isn’t okay to work for a pesticide-free play space at home only to have our kids and others’ rolling around on a field that has been treated with lawn chemicals.

We have much to do but we are small and feisty and will make the changes and educate others on why this is a better way to live and learn.

Why does this matter?

Children are at Greater Risk for Toxic Exposure

Only a small fraction of chemicals in use today have been tested for human toxicity. Most of these tests are based on adult exposure and may not reflect children’s unique sensitivity to environmental pollutants1. Children’s bodies are still developing and they breathe, eat, and drink more per pound of body weight than adults. Children’s behavior increases their susceptibility to toxic exposure from cleaning chemicals. They play on floors, and put objects and hands into their mouths. They are also less able to identify and avoid potential hazards2.

Poor indoor air quality is increasingly being linked to other health problems that decrease academic performance and require school absences3. Recent studies indicate that poor indoor air quality can slow the verbal, perceptual, motor, and behavioral development of children4, including their ability to perform concentration, calculation, and memory tasks5. Studies have also reported evidence of connections between toxins commonly found in schools and increases in childhood diseases, learning disabilities, and lower IQs6. Additionally, children may be more likely to develop diseases in adulthood like cancer and Parkinson’s disease because of prolonged exposures to chemicals during childhood7.

Only about 10% of plastic water bottles are recycled (UCS, 2007).

(A Clean Sweep:Cleaning Schools with Safer, Effective, Affordable Cleaning products)


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