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Women's Voices for the Earth

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Causes: Civil Rights, Environment, Health, Public Health, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) amplifies women’s voices to eliminate the toxic chemicals that harm our health and communities. WVE envisions a world where women lead to create a healthy environment without toxic chemicals in our workplaces, homes, and communities.

Programs: Safe cleaning products initiative is designed to reduce women's exposure to toxic chemicals by removing potentially harmful chemicals in household cleaning products and labeling all product ingredients. Our successes include:-moving the largest consumer product company on the planet, procter and gamble, to remove the carcinogen 1,4 dioxane from all of their laundry detergents (representing 70% of the u. S. Market share) through a campaign engaging nearly 100,000 women nationwide;-publishing the report and accompanying info-graphic, secret scents: how hidden fragrance allergens harm public health. Reaching over 2 million people with critical information about hidden allergy inducing ingredients in fragrances and moving simple green, clorox, and reckitt-benckiser to agree to disclose hidden allergens in fragrances;- convincing corporate giants clorox, sc johnson and son (windex), and procter and gamble (tide) to remove reproductive toxins from their products;- providing more than 50,000 individuals with critical information about the health impacts of cleaning product chemicals through five reports, resulting in more than 600 press stories and millions of people reached through news outlets such as "good morning america," the new york times, ebony, the la times, univision, and many more; and, - reaching more than 15,000 women in their homes through the creation of the green cleaning party kit, a tool to educate and activate women on toxic chemicals in cleaning products by providing recipes for nontoxic cleaning alternatives and local, state and national advocacy actions to promote safer cleaners.

safe cosmetics and healthy salons, a program that works to increase the health, safety, and rights of salon workers and consumers by reducing toxic chemical exposure in salons. Success include:- successfully advocating for the occupational safety and health administration to issue a hazard alert to salons about dangerous hair straightening products that contain formaldehyde;- organizing a congressional briefing on toxic exposures in salons to urge support for federal legislation that would result in safer salon products;- organizing three "healthy salons weeks of action" in washington, dc, bringing salon workers to d. C. To meet lawmakers and federal agency representatives to talk about the need for safe salon legislation and programs;- through our role as a co-founder and leader in the campaign for safe cosmetics, convincing johnson & johnson to reformulate all of their produces to remove a number of harmful chemicals by 2015.

safe feminine care products, a program aimed at eliminating use of toxic chemicals in feminine products. Our accomplishments to date include:- publishing the groundbreaking report, chem fatale: potential health effects of toxic chemicals in feminine care products. The report kicked off a campaign targeting tampax and always to disclose all of their ingredients and remove harmful ones. To date, we have generated over 20,000 emails and petition signatures to procter and gamble (makers of tampax and always) and the report has been downloaded nearly 15,000 times;- producing a spoof video to highlight this issue, which has been viewed more than 57,000 since its may 2014 release, reaching thousands of women with critical information about toxic chemicals in tampons and pads and encouraging them to take action (www. Womensvoices. Org/detoxthebox);- working with representative maloney (d-ny) to introduce the robin danielson act of 2014. The bill requires more research and regulation of chemicals used in feminine care products used to control menstruation like tampons, pads, cups, etc. ;- establishing a diverse advisory committee for the campaign to ensure culturally competent messaging and appropriate mediums of communication for various audiences; and- conducting product testing of always pads, finding harmful ingredients like acetone, styrene, and more.

women's voices for the earth works with businesses and organizations that believe in the power of women's voices as a means to create and uphold a less-toxic future built on honesty and trust.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great organization! These women do astonishingly successful work with a tiny staff. I am personally impacted by their vital work every single day, as are a multitude of people everywhere. Their work includes tips for living a toxic-free lifestyle, to creating massive change in products manufactured by major corporations, and working on legislation to ensure that we can all live in a safe, toxic-free world.
I am continually impressed by their efforts, and am grateful for the incredible progress they have made. WVE is very deserving of this award.

Client Served

Rating: 5

These women do incredible work! My household products and personal care purchases are so much safer now. WVE is fighting to keep us all healthy!

Client Served

Rating: 5

WVE is a wonderful organization doing great things with a tiny staff. They have made major strides in affecting legislation and in working with major companies to ensure that the products we use are safe. Due to their outreach and education, I have completely changed with products I buy and even know how to make many of my own items for home use. It is so important to avoid toxic chemicals and it is so reassuring to know that dedicated people are working on our behalf.

Laurel N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I never considered the contents of the products I used until I started having severe reactions to some of the cleaning products I was using. Women's Voices for the Earth was an amazing resource to help me navigate my way to using better products and obtaining better health. I thought that perfume free meant chemical free when it came to laundry detergent. WVftE uncovered the hidden truth about these products that I was spending so much money on. Now I make my own detergent and cleaners for a fraction of the cost, and feel safe knowing that they are safe to use in my home. I love showing my kids how to make our own cleaning products from safe ingredients and passing this info. on to instill in them how important it is to avoid having toxic chemicals in the home.

Brianna R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WVE helps me make decisions that keep me and my family safe. Now I know what kind of non-toxic sunscreen, makeup, and household cleaners to buy! I rely on them to provide clear, cutting-edge information on products that are safe for me, and for women everywhere. Thanks, WVE!