IMPORTANT NOTE: NEW QUICK UPDATES.

SEE ACTION CORNER FOR THE LATEST! CONSIDER PLANNING AN EVENT IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS!

TIP deals with a tremendous amount of information and actions, with a small budget and staff. This makes it difficult to do complete updates as things unfold. So, we are planning to use brief notes at the top of columns on especially active pages to keep things up to date, to be followed later with more extensive edits and additions. In fact, we are thinking to make revisions to the entire site the focus after completing current work on GMO Labeling & the Cutting Costs project. Stay tuned!

4-8-14 UPDATE ON RI GMO LABELING WORK:

(Contact us if you wish to connect with work in other states)

**SURVEYS: In partnership with some great local people, we are carrying out surveys with the general public and are planning to reach out to all our RI legislators with a printed survey and with an interactive survey designed to educate and learn about their own knowledge, positions and thinking.

These could be available if desired to folks in other states.

**SUPPORT ACTIVITIES: We are providing NO-GMO tables at several events – let us know of any you think should have one. Also, a couple of Non-GMO Dinners are planned.

**LEGISLATION: There are bills pending in the RI House & Senate, we have a lobbyist and primary sponsors working on some needed amendments. Then, we’ll be pressing for passage.

**FURTHER INFORMATION & PUBLICITY MATERIALS

Check out the Poster & Flyer downloadable from the Action Corner to the right – and on the Legislation page. Refer friends to the latter:http://toxicsinfo.org/legislation.htm

HOW ELSE CAN YOU HELP IN THIS EFFORT? CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR TO URGE THEIR SUPPORT AND ASK THEM TO TAKE OUR SURVEY.

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CALL TO ACTION – PROTECT OUR FOOD SUPPLY & YOUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHAT YOU EAT

  Two bills, H7042 & H7093 to require labeling of GMOs are pending before the Rhode Island House Health, Education & Welfare Committee (HEW). Similar Legislation, S2226, is under consideration by the Rhode Island Senate Health & Human Services Committee.

How can you help in this effort? Learn more about the issue, then take action by contacting a committee member.

RESIDENTS OF THE FOLLOWING RI TOWNS, CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR LEGISLATOR IS A MEMBER OF THE RI HOUSE HEALTH, EDUCATION & WELFARE (HEW) COMMITTEE HOLDING THE HEARING:

Central Falls, Cranston, Cumberland, East Providence, Lincoln, Little Compton, Newport, North Providence, North Smithfield, Portsmouth, Providence, Tiverton, Westerly, Warwick. Click here:

Some suggested talking points:

I HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT IS IN MY FOOD

WHEREAS : There are competing claims, controversy & debate about the potential effects of GMOs and their accompanying herbicides on human health. Proponents & producers say “perfectly safe” and “no evidence of human health effects. Independent sources raise questions & concerns. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine says, “GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy & immune function, reproductive, metabolic, physiologic & genetic health & are without benefit”(www.aaemonline.org/gmopost.html )

WHEREAS : No one can claim certainty about their positions. Research is limited & sometimes biased by commercial funding & influence. Some substances approved for human consumption have had to be removed from the market later because of bad health effects. For more information on this, go to: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6759000)

WHEREAS : 63 governments around the world have felt it prudent to label GMO ingredients in food products. (See: http://gmoinside.org/64-countries-around-the-world-label-ge-food) If there is “no evidence” of possible harm, why would so many take such action?

WHEREAS : The labeling of GMO ingredients in other countries has not resulted in any significant Increase in food costs. Companies change labels all the time, most recently for RGBH, with a disclaimer re: potential harm
www.naturalnews.com/
031399_GMOs_food_labeling.html#ixzz2i2PWiWdZ
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As a Rhode Island resident & American citizen, call on state legislators to pass H7042, the bill that will require labeling of GMO ingredients in food products for human consumption. Connecticut has done it, Maine has done it – we can join them. In unity there is strength!

STRONGLY STATE THAT, WITH THE LACK OF CLARITY AND UNANIMITY ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF GMOS ON AGRICULTURE, HEALTH & CONTROL OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE THE CHOICE FOR OURSELVES ON WHETHER OR NOT
TO BUY AND EAT THEM

(Corporate interests have the right to spend some of their millions of dollars on advertising to convince me to buy their products – but not to force them on us, without my
knowledge or consent).

HELP PASS A GMO LABELING BILL FOR RHODE ISLAND
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE RI FOOD CONCERNS GROUP, Liberty Goodwin, Director, Toxics Information Project (TIP) ,Providence, RI Tel. 401-351-9193, E-Mail: liberty@toxicsinfo.org,

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TOXICS INFORMATION PROJECT (TIP)
Lighting the Way to Less Toxic Living

CANARIES & KIDS: PROTECTING THE MOST VULNERABLE

In the old days, a miner would take a canary with him down the shaft as a warning. If the bird keeled over and died, the miner knew it was a sign of something toxic in the air, and if he didn’t get out of there, he would be next to get sick. Today the term “canary” is used for humans who are more sensitive than most to the toxic fumes from many common chemicals. Some of those susceptible to adverse reactions are people with asthma, allergies, sinusitis, and a variety of health conditions that weaken the immune system. Children, as well, are greatly affected by environmental toxins.

TIP’S MISSION IS TO HELP THOSE ALREADY AFFECTED - AND INFORM EVERYONE ELSE ABOUT THEIR OWN VULNERABILITY TO THE SAME TOXIC CHEMICALS - WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVES!

WEBSITE INDEX

Several menu sections have changed to reflect new emphases and strategies for the work we do. Here is the current index - see updated descriptions below.

ABOUT US

1. Who We Are
2. What We Do
3. Thoughts on Going Non-Toxic
4. Membership/Support Options
5. Contact Us

CONCERNS

1. Health Connections
2. IEQ - The Inside Story
3. Healthy Schools Initialtives
4. Legislation & Regulation
5. Protecting Pets

TIP TOPICS

1. Households & Food
2. Kids & Toxics
3. Personal Care
4. Pest Control
5. Environmental Effects

TRADING TIPS

1. Questions & Responses
2. Surveys & Quizzes
3. Canary Corner
4. “TIP TALKS” Newsletter
5. Speakers & Consulting

RESOURCES

1. Less Toxic Landscaping
2. En Espanol & Other Languages
3. Organizations & Informational Sites
4. Services & Product Sources
5. The TIP Store - Books & Materials

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CONCERNS

HEALTH CONNECTIONS

Some of the most important people to keep informed about our concerns are health care professionals and educators. They are probably the most influential sources to which the public turns for knowledge and advice. Yet, too often the kind of information medical & academic personnel receive is heavily influenced by chemical and pharmaceutical industry bias. Therefore, one of TIP’s major goals in 2007 is to find and share well-researched reports and articles from respected, reputable sources about the connections between environmental pollutants and health conditions.

The major ones about which more and more information is emerging are asthma, learning disabilities, endocrine disruption and cancer. Pesticides, cleaning materials and fragranced products are the most common concerns about which TIP will be providing articles based on up-to-date research. In addition, we are exploring ways to offer presentations to groups of health professionals.

2007 Health Connections Programs

HISPANIC/LATINO HEALTH EDUCATION INITIATIVE

A Collaborative Effort to Provide Information to Spanish Speakers on Toxics in Everyday Life & Healthier Alternatives Plans are underway, with the assistance of a small advisory group of health educators. We have begun distributing a survey of what people use and of reactions to household chemicals, and are collecting relevant materials in Spanish. A member of our advisory group is translating a basic TIP informational flyer into Spanish for us. We expect in 2007 to continue sharing Spanish informational materials through our networking efforts, and make them available on a new Spanish page on our website.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS & BREAST CANCER RISK:
Are Chemicals in Common, Everyday Products Linked to Breast Cancer?

An Ounce of Prevention Could Help Save Your Health & Life

A presentation provided by the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC), in partnership with the Rhode Island Breast Cancer Coalition (RIBCC). Co-Sponsors of the event include: Toxics Information Project (TIP), URI Women's Center and URI Women's Studies Department. A reception followed the talk, held at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston Campus Memorial Union, with further opportunity for questions/discussion. Some articles on chemicals relationship to cancer may be found by scrolling down at: www.toxicsinfo.org/healthconnections.htm

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IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality) - THE INSIDE STORY

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made it quite clear that Indoor in workplaces, schools and in the home. It also causes accessibility problems for many. In testimony given at the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities (GCD) Forums in August 2005, 50 pages spoke of the need for greater protection of those especially vulnerable to common chemicals, including people with asthma and other respiratory conditions. TIP is working with GCD, RIACC and others on responses to the problems described. The GCD Legislation Committee made our accessibility concerns # 2 in their 2006 priorities list, & TIP Director Liberty Goodwin a member of the group.

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“ PESTICIDE-FREE PLAYING FIELDS” INITIATIVE

The health of more and more children and teachers is being affected by commonly used chemicals. Asthma, allergies, autism and childhood cancer are all on the rise, and connections with these conditions have been made by numerous scientific studies and reports. Inhalant abuse of household products is also a growing problem. Many schools, towns and states are taking action to protect kids by reducing their exposure to problem products. Everyone involved with young people should be informed about this! TIP held a School Toxics Forum in 2006 on this concern.

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LEGISLATION & REGULATION

TWO WAYS TO SUBMIT COMMENTS:

1. Use the website contact form:

2. Contact Liberty Goodwin, TIP Director, 401-351-9193 or E-Mail: liberty@toxicsinfo.org

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BREAST CANCER & ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH ACT

This federal legislation would establish a national strategy to study the links between the environment and breast cancer. This legislation would authorize the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a peer reviewed research program of grants for the establishment of collaborative centers of research to study environmental factors that are believed to contribute to the development of breast cancer. Specifically, $30 million per year in fiscal years 2007-2012 would be authorized for this purpose. Under a competitive, peer-reviewed grant-making process that would involve trained consumers in the decision making process, the NIH director would award grants to conduct multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary research using a broad definition of environment through a national network of collaborative centers. be funded each year.

RI INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY BILL

A bill calling for minimum standards for Indoor Environmental Quality was drafted by the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities (GCD) in cooperation with TIP, and introduced in both the RI State Senate & House in 2006. Hearings were held in March before the Senate Health & Human Services Committee, and the House Environment & Natural Resources Committee & in April before the House Health & Human Services . On May 23, 2006, the RI State Senate passed a Resolution Urging the Department of Administration to Use Environmentally-Safe & Health-Friendly Cleaning Products in State Facilities & Workplaces, based on the proposed bill, S2627. We will continue efforts to obtain stronger legislation and/or an Executive Order from the Governor, addressing this concern, while encouraging implementation of the resolution.

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PROTECTING PETS

Our animal and avian family members are exceptionally susceptible to health effects from common household chemicals. TIP tries to provide helpful information on what is risky and on healthier alternatives to use for and around your pets. Watch for a Spring 2007 Protecting Pets discussion, in the planning stages.

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RESOURCES

RI “GROUNDS & GARDENS GUIDE”

Latest version of the “Less Toxic Landscaping Directory”, published by TIP in February 2006, to help people to do healthy landscaping and gardening in RI and nearby. Included are contact info for advice givers, sources for less toxic supplies, and providers of organic lawn and gardening services. A supplement with added resources was offered in 2007 and completely updated Directories were published in 2008, 2009, & 2010. See: http://toxicsinfo.org/lesstoxic.htm

LINKS TO LANDSCAPING AND GARDENING SITES

Some places on the Web with especially useful information on healthy land care.

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EN ESPANOL & OTHER LANGUAGES

TIP-related materials in Spanish, the first fruits of our Hispanic Health Education Initiative (HHEI). We have added a few more found on the internet in other tongues - Portuguese, Czechoslovokian…The concern about chemicals and health is worldwide!

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ORGANIZATIONS & INFORMATIONAL SITES

We’ve combined these two categories to include the many websites we’ve come across that offer not merely one article - but a multiplicity of information about toxic hazards and healthier alternatives.

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LINKS TO PRODUCT SOURCES

Local retailers often don’t offer many good alternative product options - nor are they great sources of information about ingredients and toxicity. So, here’s where you can find a variety of less toxic alternatives described and sold. Some may even be available locally as well, if you know which ones to seek.

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VISIT THE TIP BOOKSTORE FOR IDEAS!

Browse on our website at: www.toxicsinfo.org/tipstore.htm

We are phasing out our own book sales, but adding new suggestions for great books periodically. Choose from the informative and fun titles there, and order using Igive or GoodShop to benefit TIP.
TIP is an official 501C3 Non-Profit organization, so all contributions are tax-deductible!

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COMMENTS ON OTHER CATEGORIES

We are continually adding information to the site, and updating anything that needs it. In particular, watch the Action Corner on the right of the Home Page for new ways to participate in TIP’s efforts for a healthier world!

NOTE: We changed the “consulting” section to include “Speakers” because we are hoping to encourage folks to get groups to sponsor talks on our concerns. This could involve TIP Director Liberty Goodwin or various experts in different fields. Check out previous ones for ideas - scroll down under “Who We Are” to “Volunteers & Guest Speakers”.

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EASY WAYS TO HELP TIP AND HELP YOUR HEALTH & PLANET AS WELL !

TAKE US SURFING & SHOPPING!

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give! Every Time You Search or Shop - at www.goodsearch.com/default.aspx or www.goodsearch.com/goodshop.aspx
with Toxics Information Project (TIP) as your charity, we will receive a donation from the site. (Many store selections)
When you shop at IGive.com in our name, they’ll give us a percentage of the purchase price (Varies with the store, lots of sites included).
www.igive.com/welcome/warmwelcome.cfm?c=38382&m=0
OR JUST DONATE DIRECTLY TO TIP -
Go to: www.toxicsinfo.org/subscribe.htm
Choose what you can afford to give from the suggested membership & donation categories, fill out the form, pay by credit card or PayPal online, or send a check with your contact info. Questions? Call 401-351-9193

Membership option: E/The Environmental Magazine
Get a free subscription with a donation of $18 or more!

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VISIT THE TIP BOOKSTORE FOR IDEAS!

Browse on our website at: www.toxicsinfo.org/tipstore.htm

We are phasing out our own book sales, but adding new suggestions for great books periodically.

Choose from the informative and fun titles there, and order using Igive or GoodShop to benefit TIP.

TIP is an official 501C3 Non-Profit organization,

so all contributions are tax-deductible!

TIP SURVEY OF INTERESTS & CONCERNS
An Ounce of Prevention Can Do Wonders For Your Health & Life. How can we help you? What health conditions worry you? What kind of information is most useful to you? To help us be more effective in directing our efforts to your needs, please check or circle topics here on which you would like to keep informed

 

 

Search Our Site

Easy Ways to Help TIP:
Take Us Shopping!

Click on the links below and shop - TIP will get a percentage of any purchases.
GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!

ACTION CORNER

NEW “HEALTHY HOLIDAY HINTS”
FLYER IS HERE!

WATCH FOR IT AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY AND SHOPS, CAFES, ETC.
READ, DOWNLOAD & SHARE IT ONLINE!
GO TO: HolidayHints2014.doc

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CALL TO ACTION – PROTECT OUR FOOD SUPPLY & YOUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHAT YOU EAT!

How else can you help this effort?

**VIEW/DOWNLOAD OUR GMO LABELING INFORMATION FLYER. SHARE IT WITH OTHERS, BY LINK OR E-MAIL.

**FIND YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE & STATE SENATOR AT: https://sos.ri.gov/vic

**CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR TO ASK THEM TO TAKE OUR INTERACTIVE SURVEY BY GOING TO: toxicsinfo.org/surveys/GMOLegislativeSurvey.htm

**DOWNLOAD, PRINT & DISTRIBUTE OUR RI GMO PROJECT SIGN, AS A HANDOUT OR POSTER

(If you live outside RI, we can put you in touch with those working in your state)

**FIND YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE & STATE SENATOR AT: https://sos.ri.gov/vic

**CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR TO TELL THEM YOU WANT GMO LABELING IN RHODE ISLAND!

** HELP US SET UP A PRINTED SURVEY WITH THEM, IN PERSON, BY PHONE OR IN WRITING, OR HAVE THEM USE THE INTERACTIVE SURVEY.

To discuss possible actions & talking points, contact Liberty Goodwin, Director, Toxics Information Project (TIP), 401-351-9193, E-Mail: liberty@toxicsinfo.org,.

For actions on Facebook contact Wendy Fachon, wendy@netwalkri.com

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CUTTING CHEMS AND CUTTING COSTS: Learning how to save money while reducing exposure to toxic chemicals in everyday products.

MYSTERY, MISINFORMATION & MISCHIEF MAKERS AT THE MARKET

Discussions, Information & Films About
Protecting Our Food Supply, from
GMOs, Pesticides & Factory Farming
SAMPLE PROGRAM FROM LAST SPRING

TIP TALKS DIGEST
Spring/Summer 2013
© 2013, Liberty Goodwin
News, Actions & Tips for a Healthier Life

CLICK HERE TO VIEW. PASS IT ON TO YOUR NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS & FAMILY!

WHAT ARE THE MYSTERY INGREDIENTS IN OUR FOOD? – WHICH WILL MAKE US SICK AND WHICH LEAD TO HEALTHY AND HAPPY?

FOOD CONCERNS

P. 2 BOOKLET CHANGES, NEW TIP ACTIVITIES, and A Shocker For The Guys In Our Midst!
P. 3 THE NEW RI FOOD CONCERNS GROUP.
P. 4 CONSUMER ACTION & LEGISLATION, WORLDWIDE
P. 5–6 PROTECT ORGANIC, ANTIBIOTICS, FAKE “NATURAL”
P. 7–8 AUTISM & FOOD CONNECTIONS
P. 8-9 WHY & HOW TO AVOID GMOS & ROUNDUP? Plus Special Food Concerns Shocker(s) #2
P. 10 CONSUMER & GARDENER ACTIONS

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DON’T BE FOOLED ABOUT FRAGRANCE!
Fragrance Fallacies & Fakery

A NEW TIP HEALTHIER LIVING INFO BOOKLET!

TOPICS
P. 2 FRAGRANCE ODDITIES & THE “FL” CHALLENGE
P. 3 MYSTERIOUS MATERIALS TOUR - WHAT’S INSIDE?
P. 4-5 KNOWN BADDIES & SCENT SYMPTOMS
P. 6-7 REGULATION THAT DOESN’T & POLICIES TO PROTECT
P. 8-9 PLEASING PEOPLE? & SNIFF NOW, SORRY LATER.
P. 10-13 ACHIEVING APPEALING INDOOR AIR
P. 14-16 LINKS TO FRAGRANCE INFORMATION & RESOURCES, AND SMELLY SLOGANS - WHAT ADS & COMMERCIALS SHOULD SAY!

(In The Interest of Greater Disclosure And Honesty In Advertising of Fragranced Products)
CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND/OR DOWNLOAD

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TWO DISCUSSIONS

LED BY LIBERTY GOODWIN,

TIP DIRECTOR

First given at the Riverside & Seekonk Libraries, now available to your group.

FOOD FACTS & FANTASY

Consumers are bombarded with information about what and how to eat. Much of this advice is conflicting or commercially motivated, some just confusing or difficult to follow. Liberty will offer simple tips on how to choose the healthiest food options and avoid those that are harmful.

COMMON SENSE ABOUT CLEANING

Clear up the confusion of commercial advertising claims about cleaning products. “Green” living is about more than energy efficiency, recycling and solar panels. Human health and the environment go hand in hand. Liberty will discuss ways that household products can impact both, and will offer simple steps to a really “green” household.

(DO YOU KNOW OF ANOTHER GROUP THAT MIGHT LIKE TO HOST EITHER?)

SEE DESCRIPTION OF BOTH TALKS

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HEALTHY SCHOOLS INITIATIVE UPDATE

HELP US MAKE SAFER LEARNING SPACES
FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES, TWO WAYS
1. THE “GOOD GREEN SCHOOLS GUIDE” >

PASS IT ALONG, TO PARENTS & TO SCHOOL & DAY CARE PERSONNEL!

Resources & information to assist school facilities managers to transition to green cleaning and reduced pesticide use. Also, an info flyer to pass along to friends, family, teachers & health professionals. Find this & more at: www.toxicsinfo.org/healthyschools.htm

2. INVITE US TO SPEAK AT A PARENT OR SCHOOL GROUP!

The inaugural meeting of the Good Green Schools Gang, focused toward school facilities directors was July 15. Press Release. We hope to have another in November, and continue outreach to RI school maintenance professionals.

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IT’S USEFUL YEAR-ROUND! THE "GROUNDS AND GARDENS GUIDE" IS NEWLY FORMATTED & REVISED FOR 2011. BEST OF ALL, IT'S FREE!

This Helpful Guide lists Organic-Friendly Sources For Supplies, Services & Information, so you can find all you need for healthful landscaping & gardening.

LEARN ABOUT HEALTHIER LAND CARE!

Web-Readable Version

Get started by reading this little info flyer, then get a "Grounds and Gardens Guide" copy from TIP’s booth at an event this Spring. You’ll also find it at many local libraries..

Listen to the Lawn Flag Song! This song is written by Paul Klinkman, the TIP Webmaster.

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YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TO HELP EDUCATE PARENTS & OTHERS ON HOW TO PROTECT KIDS IN RHODE ISLAND FROM TOXIC CHEMICALS IN THEIR TOYS & OTHER PRODUCTS!

The RI Children’s Product Safety Act: did not succeed last year. Federal legislation was passed to strengthen regulations and oversight of a variety of products by the consumer product safety commission. However, it only mentions phthalates by name, not bisphenol-A. Also, federal agencies have a track record of sometimes taking many years to even begin work on mandated actions. And the research on which they rely is often tainted by industry involvement. THE BEST PROTECTION FOR OUR KIDS IS EDUCATED CONSUMERS!

1. VISIT OUR KIDS & TOXICS PAGES, AT: WWW.TOXICSINFO.ORG/TIPS_KIDS.HTM TO LEARN ABOUT HEALTHIER, SAFER TOYS AND CHILD CARE ITEMS. WATCH FOR UPDATES IN 2008 ON LEGISLATION, MANUFACTURER, AND CONSUMER ACTIONS RELATING TO TOY SAFETY.

2. GET ON THE TIP E-MAIL LIST AND RECEIVE THE LATEST INFORMATION ON SAFER PRODUCTS AND WHICH TO AVOID.

3. PASS ON THIS INFORMATION AND THAT ON THE TIP WEBSITE TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

www.toxicsinfo.org/subscribe.htm

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CAMPAIGNS AGAINST & INFO ABOUT CANCER-CAUSING COSMETICS

Connections between some chemicals found in personal care products are now so clear that the European Union has taken strong action to remove them. But U.S. regulators are dragging their feet, and companies still use risky ingredients here. Two fine websites tell you what you need to know to protect yourself and demand equal protection. GO TO “CAMPAIGN FOR SAFE COSMETICS” AND “NOT TOO PRETTY” TO SEE WHAT TO AVOID AND HOW TO HELP!

FRAGRANCE-FREE PRODUCT & HEALTH INFORMATION

TIP has been gathering information and fragrance-free product samples for making a large national 2007 Quaker summer conference fragrance-free, thus accessible to all, including those with asthma and chemical sensitivities. Everyone should learn about this! INFORM YOURSELF HERE.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE NETWORK

Do you care about the environment?  Do you care about justice?  Do you care about your health and the health of your children? Rhode Islanders of all incomes, races and ethnicities deserve to live in safe and healthy communities. Learn what you can do to make your homes and neighborhoods healthier. For more information, contact Steven Fischbach, Community Lawyer at Rhode Island Legal Services - 1-800-662-5034 extension 182 or by email at steve.fischbach@gmail.com

HISPANIC HEALTH EDUCATION INITIATIVE

SEE OUR TIP WEBSITE SPANISH PAGES! We are providing informational materials in Spanish on our TIP concerns for use by health care professionals and health educators. Help get these advice givers educated - pass the word!

INHALANT ABUSE - THE FREE - AND DANGEROUS - HIGH AT HOME OR SCHOOL.

A short video on protecting kids from the dangers of “huffing” common household products was provided to us by Paulette Hamilton, RI Inhalant Abuse Prevention Coordinator. This was shown during the May 2006 TIP School Toxics Forum followed by comments and discussion by panel and audience. We are making this video available for additional showings in RI.

SCHEDULE THE INHALANT VIDEO AND DISCUSSION AT A PTA MEETING OR SCHOOL. CONTACT TIP AT 401-351-9193.

SCHOOLWORK OPTIONS

TIP wants to encourage all students to explore some of the concerns and information that we do. Therefore, we are offering help to those who wish to pursue health and environment projects at school. **GET IDEAS FOR CLASS SCIENCE PROJECTS! Also, it’s official - TIP will again be giving our Special Awards at the RI State Science Fair in March, 2008! We look for projects that provide some kind of information related to Less Toxic Living. **EXPLORE POSSIBILITIES FOR SCIENCE FAIR ENTRIES AT YOUR SCHOOL! For samples of past winners & topics covered, visit our website at:

www.toxicsinfo.org/basicInfo/ScienceFair.htm

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FREE ONLINE COURSE FOR NURSES

ON FRAGRANCE & HEALTH

toxicsinfo.org/indoorair/News for Nurses.htm (Good for continuing education credit)

Health care professionals should know how to protect their most vulnerable patients - those with asthma, allergies, respiratory disorders, impaired immune systems and environmental illnesses. They can do so while fulfilling CE requirements!

PASS THE WORD ABOUT THIS TO YOUR OWN DOCTOR OR NURSES YOU KNOW!

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2011 RI LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

H7949 GREEN CLEANING FOR SCHOOLS

UNFORTUNATELY H7949 DID NOT MAKE IT LAST YEAR. IT WAS A GOOD BILL TO REQUIRE ALL SCHOOLS IN RHODE ISLAND TO USE CLEANING PRODUCTS THAT ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY AND HEALTH-FRIENDLY - AND CERTIFIED AS SUCH BY INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTIES.

CONTINUE SUPPORT FOR RI SCHOOL & DAY CARE LAWN PESTICIDE BAN -IN A NEW WAY

The RI Dept. of Environmental Management is trying to educate schools to adopt safer practices by preparing and following Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans for mostly organic land care. Ask your local school about their pesticide policies and practices. Encourage them to learn and utilize safer ways to maintain playing fields. For useful articles you can share, see the Pesticide-Free Playing Fields section of our website : www.toxicsinfo.org/playingfields.htm . And, here’s another resource you can use:

PESTICIDE-FREE PLAYING FIELDS DVD

( An excellent resource for educating those responsible

for care of school and athletic fields).

Your children and others run, play and roll around on fields provided by their schools and sports associations. Make sure they are not exposed to toxins there that can trigger asthma attacks or contribute to learning disabilities, endocrine disruption and/or childhood cancer. A fine, 7 1/2 minute DVD from the Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection shows how schools can transition to healthier practices.

** SHOW THE CT ORGANIC LAND CARE VIDEO TO GROUPS OR DECISIONMAKERS! Contact TIP to borrow a DVD or VHS copy, and ask us for more information on how you can help.

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ASK HOME DEPOT, LOWE’S AND OTHER RETAILERS

TO SELL LESS-TOXIC PRODUCTS

What other homeowners & gardeners buy and use affects us all. The more environmentally and health-friendly products found locally, the more they will turn up next door to you. Urge retailers to offer healthier options for land care, and remove the toxic options from their shelves.

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Toxics Information Project (TIP)
P.O. Box 40441, Providence, RI 02940
Tel. 401-351-9193
E-Mail: TIP@toxicsinfo.org
Website: www.toxicsinfo.org