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Enhancing Health

Sustainability Report, 2012
Enhancing Health

Enhancing Health

We aspire to enhance health through education, activism and innovation, by creating healthy products for healthy homes.

Our aspiration to enhance health is at the core of our commitment to meet and exceed our own rigorous product standards, our tireless advocacy for toxics reform, our donations to groups such as the Breast Cancer Fund and Women’s Voices for the Earth that promote toxin-free health, and our consumer engagement on issues such as healthy homes and healthy families. Our mandate goes beyond focusing on toxins to encompass a broader vision of health within our workplace, our community, our consumers and beyond.

CEO John Replogle discusses formulating for health in this video interview:

Grantees’s Work to Enhance Health

Extending our mission to enhance health, the Seventh Generation Foundation awards grants to organizations that are bringing positive change and sustainable solutions to areas we touch and issues we care about as a business committed to human and environmental health.

The Breast Cancer Fund focuses on preventing this terrible disease. Our $20,000 challenge grant enabled the organization to raise an additional $25,000 to continue their paradigm-shifting work to identify and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer and reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals. We were thrilled to join them in celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2012.

We are also proud to support Women’s Voices for the Earth, a national organization working to eliminate toxic chemicals most intimately affecting women’s lives and the lives of their families. Our $15,000 grant enabled them to publish a report on the impact of allergens in household products. “Secret Scents: The Allergens Hiding in Your Scented Products” found that allergic reaction and sensitivity to fragrance chemicals is more widespread than previously thought.

It is difficult for those with fragrance sensitivities to avoid specific ingredients because companies selling in the U.S. are not required to disclose the many ingredients that comprise each of their scents. Products sold in the European Union must reveal the presence of 26 common fragrance allergens. Seventh Generation has been disclosing all fragrance ingredients, including allergens, since 1998 and we continue to be vocal advocates for systemic policy solutions such as the Safe Cosmetics Act.

“WVE Executive Director Erin Switalski came to our office and gave a compelling brown bag talk to our community,” notes Ashley Orgain, Mission Advocacy and Outreach Manager. “I have been following WVE’s work for a while and was impressed with their focus on empowering women’s health. But it really clicked for me when I heard about their successful change.org campaign to urge Procter & Gamble to reformulate Tide laundry detergent to reduce levels of 1,4-dioxane. WVE is not just a few voices in Montana; they are harnessing the energy of women across the globe so they can raise their voices to advocate for changes that support women’s health and women’s bodies.”

Informed Green Solutions, Inc. (IGS) is another organization on the front lines in the fight to keep harmful chemicals out of our environment through an emphasis on environmentally preferable purchasing and green cleaning. Seventh Generation is supporting IGS with a grant to benefit young children who attend child care centers in Vermont. IGS will educate school personnel on improving indoor air quality by purchasing products that have the least impact on human health and the environment.

IGS has a proven track record in this area. The organization has helped to transform 120 Vermont school-cleaning policies, effectively eliminating an estimated 18,000 pounds of hazardous cleaning products annually from Vermont’s environment, resulting in cleaner air for nearly 40,000 Vermont children.

Inspiring the Next Generation

Seventh Generation has partnered with Earth Echo International on a campaign to inspire young people to create a “Toxin-Free Generation.” Philippe Cousteau Jr. describes the initiative in this video.