August 4, 2010
Last week I mentioned an organization that I like, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which works towards legislative reform that will eliminate toxins from our body products. Yay! I briefly mentioned another organization that they often partner with on projects, the Environmental Working Group (EWG). In the research that I’ve been doing over the past eight months in my effort to live more consciously, I have come across mention of the EWG several times. I thought it would be good to discuss them further, as they have been a great resource for me.
The following information is taken from their website: “At EWG, our team of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers, and computer programmers pores over government data, legal documents, scientific studies and our own laboratory tests to expose threats to your health and the environment, and to find solutions. Our research brings to light unsettling facts that you have a right to know. It shames and shakes up polluters and their lobbyists. It rattles politicians and shapes policy. It persuades bureaucracies to rethink science and strengthen regulation. It provides practical information you can use to protect your family and community.”
The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit that was founded in 1993. Their website is full of information about health/toxics, farming, natural resources, energy choices, as well as an index of chemicals, and health tips. It also has a resources section, which includes a cell phone radiation report, shoppers’ guide to pesticides in produce, national drinking water database, sunscreen safety guide, and a cosmetics safety database. They are a great source of information!
For more information on the Environmental Working Group (EWG), or to access their various tools, visit their website. (www.ewg.org)