TOXICS INFORMATION PROJECT (TIP)

P.O. Box 40441, Providence, RI 02940

Tel. 401-351-9193, E-Mail: TIP@toxicsinfo.org

Website:www.toxicsinfo.org

(Lighting the Way to Less Toxic Living)

 

WHY SUPPORT THE LESS TOXIC LANDSCAPING CAMPAIGN?

 

Toxics Information Project (TIP) is sponsoring a campaign in 2004 to encourage reducing or avoiding the use of lawn chemicals and considering creative landscaping alternatives to lawns.Why should I participate in this effort?Whatís in it for me?

 

CARROTS

 

By reducing or avoiding lawn chemicals and trying creative alternatives:

 

n                    Iíll have the peace of mind of knowing Iím not exposing myself, my family or pets to possibly harmful substances.

n                    Plain grass is DULL.I can have a much more interesting and attractive home and grounds by investigating alternative plantings.

n                    By using native plants and grass varieties that are suited to the environment on my property, I will have less problems with maintaining them.

n                    I can save the money that I have been spending on chemicals.

 

STICKS

 

Whatís wrong with using lawn pesticides?

 

n                    A child in a household using home and garden pesticides has a

6.5 times greater risk of developing leukemia.

n                    Dog owners who use the herbicide 2,4-D four or more times per season double their dogís chances of suffering lymphoma.

n                    Of the 36 most commonly used lawn pesticides: 14 are probable

or possible carcinogens, 15 are linked with birth defects, 21 with reproductive effects, 24 with neurotoxicity, 22 with liver or kidney damage, and 34 are sensitizers and/or irritants.

n                    Runoff from lawns and gardens is a major pollutant.Pesticides and other household hazardous waste products are turning up in drinking water sources.The CDC and the Body Burden Test have found them in our bodies.

 

What can I do to get involved?Also, what if I donít have a lawn or garden?

 

ANYONE CAN SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN.TAKE THE LTL PLEDGE Ė OR PASS IT ALONG TO YOUR NEIGHBORS.DISPLAY A ďLESS TOXIC LANDSCAPINGĒ LAWN SIGN.ENTER THE LTL CONTEST AS A HOMEOWNER OR GARDENER OR WRITE AN ARTICLE, SUBMIT AN LTL POSTER, LANDSCAPE DESIGN MODEL OR DRAWING.VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH EVENTS AND PUBLICITY.MAKE A DONATION TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN AND ITS GOALS.

ContactLiberty Goodwin, TIP Director, at 401-351-9193 or E-Mail: liberty@toxicsinfo.org for more information.

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