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An open letter to Jim Prentice, our re-elected MP

Feel free to use this as a template to send to your MP if you feel strongly about toxins being allowed in our consumer goods. If you don’t know who your MP is or need their email address you can use this site:

http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx

Americans can find their senator here:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Hello Mr. Prentice,

Congratulations on your recent re-election.

I’m writing to you on a concern I’ve had for a while. Toxins in consumer products. More and more is coming out about toxins in everyday goods and cosmetics. Why isn’t the Canadian government stepping in here? Europe is so far ahead of us with banning things like fire retardants in beds and kids pajamas it’s embarrassing!

I’m sure you’ve seen this but in case you haven’t the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization, has built an awesome database of cosmetic products helping people make a conscious effort in deciding what shampoo or make-up to use.

http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/

Why do we have to rely on a non-profit organization to tell us what is overly toxic? After looking at the database would you actually use L’ORÉAL KIDS 2 IN 1 SHAMPOO on your kids with known ingredients that are linked to, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Neurotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Miscellaneous, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption, Contamination concerns, Biochemical or cellular level changes?

There are many reasons that you should regulate toxic goods:

 

  1. The average consumer doesn’t have time to look up everything they buy before their purchasing decision.
  2. Limiting exposure to toxins will decrease need for health care.
  3. It will force manufacturers to decrease toxins in their products because of government regulations.

 

I get so depressed when I hear about another “find a cure for cancer” fundraiser because we KNOW what causes cancer. Let’s just rid our society of these toxins and live a much healthier life. The government can decrease the risk of cancer.

In case you haven’t seen it, here is a great little video on the state of manufacturing. We need to change it starting with the toxins. http://www.storyofstuff.com/

A concerned Canadian,

Dennis