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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.

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Women's Voices for the Earth is by far one of the best environmental health and justice organizations. I invest in this group because of the change they're able to cultivate. Their initiatives are designed the way every project should be - with energy, heart, and science.



Rating: 5

It's hard to find the time to research products that are non-toxic - with WVE, the information is sent straight to me via email and Facebook posts. I was JUST thinking about sunblocks and which ones I should buy, and along comes their awesome newsletter with helpful and relevant information. Thank you WVE!

1 Sheila15


Rating: 5

As a founder of Seventh Generation, a company of environmental household cleaning products and personal care products and a donor to WVE, I have shared the mission of WVE in eliminating toxic chemicals from the products that come in contact with us and our families and increase the risk of cancers . Through their tireless efforts, WVE has been able to educate thousands of women on the toxic chemicals lurking in their homes and on the shelf.



Rating: 5

Just 4-1/2 staff members at WVE work themselves hard to create awareness and work for change. I couldn't believe my eyes the first time I entered their office and saw so few women - "Where is everyone else?!" I asked in shock. These women are creating change on a national level, and their work is reaching into other countries, as well. I carry their list of toxins with me wherever I go in order to buy the safest products, and I write to the companies they research in order to foster change. Their research is extensive, and their hard work benefits us all. Amazing! They deserve every possible accolade! I wish that more people knew how much this organization needs their donation - this is such a great cause and donation dollars are wisely used. I am so proud of the efforts of Women's Voices for the Earth!! ~ Debra