Inspiring the next generation to live an eco lifestyle
Teens Turning Green is a coalition led by
dynamic and passionate teens working to:


 • Educate about safe, healthy, and g...
Chemicals in the Environment

  Since World War II, chemical production has increased more than
  twenty times in the US

...
Why it Matters:

Biomonitoring studies conducted since 1976 have shown
that nearly everyone has measurable amounts of
chem...
Breast Cancer and Women

The incidence of breast cancer has increased at an alarming

rate over the past sixty years:

   ...
Cancer


One third of all men and one half of all women will have cancer

in their lifetimes by the year 2050.
Damage to Males


Sperm count among men throughout the industrialized

world has decreased by 50% over the last 50 years.
Teen Chemical Exposure

The average teen uses 10-25 personal care and cosmetic
products daily.

Products may contain more ...
Toxicity of Personal Care and
Cosmetic Products


One in three personal care products contains one or more
ingredients cla...
Untested

89% of the 10,500 chemical ingredients used in personal
care products have never been tested for safety.
Unprotected

• FDA does not regulate the cosmetics and personal care
  products industry

• Neither Testing nor adequate l...
EU vs. US

• The European Union has banned over 1100 toxic
  chemicals.

• The U.S. has only banned 9

• EU uses the “Prec...
EWG

The Environmental Working Group has compiled a database
of products and ingredients to help educate consumers.

Skin ...
Dirty Thirty

A resource of the most harmful chemicals found in the
majority of commercial daily use products

Helps consu...
Some Chemicals to Avoid:
Parabens
Phthalates
Fragrance
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Talc
Toluene
Triclosan
Petrolatum
Formaldehyde
Greener Alternatives

A partial list of companies
that are creating safer and
healthier beauty and daily
use products and ...
Introducing
Teens Turing Green Collection
Launched September 2008



 • Hand-selected by teens for teens for:
         Saf...
Teens Turning Green Collection




    The next generation has the power to bring about change,
    so where better to beg...
Our Goals
To raise awareness of the issue through public
events, advocacy actions, stories and interviews
on radio and tel...
Advocacy

SB 484 - The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005
The nation's first state law around
cosmetics and chemical policy. Compa...
Advocacy
AB 1108 - Toxic Toys Bill: January 2008
This bill bans the use of six types of phthalates in toys. It is modeled
...
Lips Against Lead
NEW CAMPAIGN ACTION: October 2008
• Visual Petition to ban Lead in Lipstick

• Lead has also been linked...
Events

PROJECT PROM: April 2007
San Francisco


A rally on Union Square in San
Francisco where hundreds
came to demand he...
Events


TURNING GREEN: April 2008
New York City

An Eco-Lifestyle Show featuring
a day in the life of a teen turning
green
Events

GREEN SPA: October 2008
Marin County


An opportunity to educate
as well as to demonstrate
the effectiveness of he...
Events

4th Annual Teens Turning Green National Summit
February 6-7, 2009
Marin County, California

• Join students, teach...
Teens for Healthy Schools

      THS is led by high school students who are
      committed to preserving the health of th...
Indentify products in four key areas



                        School
       Maintenance &
                        Ground...
Dry Erase Markers:

              •Ingredients from MSDS                                     •Ingredients from MSDS
Ingred...
Dry Erase Markers
                                                           Nontoxic Alternative:
   Currently in use:
  ...
Economic Benefits of the Auspen Marker


          70


          60


          50


          40
  Price
               ...
Hygiene
   Currently in use:                                     Nontoxic Alternative:
   Purell Instant                  ...
Steps You Can Take
•   When choosing personal care products, simpler is better

•   Read labels for potentially harmful in...
Ongoing Efforts
•   Political Lobbying

•   Actions / Advocacy: Lips Against Lead

•   National Chapter Building

•   Even...
You can make a difference!

   Sign up to be part of the change
             in your world

       Teensturninggreen.org
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  1. 1. Inspiring the next generation to live an eco lifestyle
  2. 2. Teens Turning Green is a coalition led by dynamic and passionate teens working to: • Educate about safe, healthy, and green lifestyle choices focusing on daily chemical exposures in our schools, home and communities that harm us. • Advocate for policy change that protects our health • Inspire teens across the country to sustain our earth
  3. 3. Chemicals in the Environment Since World War II, chemical production has increased more than twenty times in the US Manufactured and mined chemicals are now everywhere in our environment : •Air •Water •Food •Drinks •Cosmetics and personal care products •Everyday household items
  4. 4. Why it Matters: Biomonitoring studies conducted since 1976 have shown that nearly everyone has measurable amounts of chemicals in their bodies An expanding body of evidence has linked these pollutants and manmade chemicals to health threats including: CANCER ASTHMA DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS ALLERGIES INFERTILITY BIRTH DEFECTS EARLY PUBERTY
  5. 5. Breast Cancer and Women The incidence of breast cancer has increased at an alarming rate over the past sixty years: 1940 - one in twenty women 1994 - one in nine women 2004 - one in seven women
  6. 6. Cancer One third of all men and one half of all women will have cancer in their lifetimes by the year 2050.
  7. 7. Damage to Males Sperm count among men throughout the industrialized world has decreased by 50% over the last 50 years.
  8. 8. Teen Chemical Exposure The average teen uses 10-25 personal care and cosmetic products daily. Products may contain more than 200 synthetic chemical compounds which can cause serious health hazards with repeated exposure.
  9. 9. Toxicity of Personal Care and Cosmetic Products One in three personal care products contains one or more ingredients classified as a possible human carcinogen, endocrine-disrupting material, neuro or reproductive toxin.
  10. 10. Untested 89% of the 10,500 chemical ingredients used in personal care products have never been tested for safety.
  11. 11. Unprotected • FDA does not regulate the cosmetics and personal care products industry • Neither Testing nor adequate labeling are required
  12. 12. EU vs. US • The European Union has banned over 1100 toxic chemicals. • The U.S. has only banned 9 • EU uses the “Precautionary Principal”
  13. 13. EWG The Environmental Working Group has compiled a database of products and ingredients to help educate consumers. Skin Deep Report www.cosmeticdatabase.com
  14. 14. Dirty Thirty A resource of the most harmful chemicals found in the majority of commercial daily use products Helps consumers identify and understand the health implications of the toxic ingredients in their products
  15. 15. Some Chemicals to Avoid: Parabens Phthalates Fragrance Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Talc Toluene Triclosan Petrolatum Formaldehyde
  16. 16. Greener Alternatives A partial list of companies that are creating safer and healthier beauty and daily use products and acting in more responsible and sustainable ways.
  17. 17. Introducing Teens Turing Green Collection Launched September 2008 • Hand-selected by teens for teens for: Safety, Sustainability, and Effectiveness • Bringing a variety of companies together under one label • Exclusive at Whole Foods Market nationwide- meets Premium Body Care Standards
  18. 18. Teens Turning Green Collection The next generation has the power to bring about change, so where better to begin than one’s own body!
  19. 19. Our Goals To raise awareness of the issue through public events, advocacy actions, stories and interviews on radio and television, articles in magazine and newspapers and school and community presentations like this one. The following slides are a few examples of this…
  20. 20. Advocacy SB 484 - The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005 The nation's first state law around cosmetics and chemical policy. Companies are required to notify the state of ingredients with known links to cancer and birth defects. Campaign members were instrumental in the passage of SB484. Their 11th hour lobbying efforts in Sacramento contributed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s decision to sign the unprecedented bill into law.
  21. 21. Advocacy AB 1108 - Toxic Toys Bill: January 2008 This bill bans the use of six types of phthalates in toys. It is modeled on EU and other foreign legislation that is concerned about unnecessarily exposing our children to toxic chemicals. SB 1712 - Lead in Lipstick Bill: July 2008 The first bill in the nation banning lead in lipstick, a known neurotoxin.
  22. 22. Lips Against Lead NEW CAMPAIGN ACTION: October 2008 • Visual Petition to ban Lead in Lipstick • Lead has also been linked to miscarriages, reduced fertility, hormonal changes and delays in the onset of puberty. • Schools across the country are participating • Take Canvases to rally for passage of Lead In Lipstick bill SB 1712 in January to help pass law
  23. 23. Events PROJECT PROM: April 2007 San Francisco A rally on Union Square in San Francisco where hundreds came to demand healthier and safer products around prom time.
  24. 24. Events TURNING GREEN: April 2008 New York City An Eco-Lifestyle Show featuring a day in the life of a teen turning green
  25. 25. Events GREEN SPA: October 2008 Marin County An opportunity to educate as well as to demonstrate the effectiveness of healthy products, those made without toxic ingredients.
  26. 26. Events 4th Annual Teens Turning Green National Summit February 6-7, 2009 Marin County, California • Join students, teachers, and community members from across the country • Learn from Experts • Panel discussions, workshops, Brainstorming with visionary leaders • Moderated by Teens • RSVP at teensturninggreen.org
  27. 27. Teens for Healthy Schools THS is led by high school students who are committed to preserving the health of their Who generation By focusing their research on their school How campuses as the palette for exploration This project inspires awareness about the daily toxic exposures in all aspects of the school environment and taking action to Why eliminate them and identify greener, less toxic alternatives
  28. 28. Indentify products in four key areas School Maintenance & Grounds Janitorial Marin County Schools Food Classroom Service Space
  29. 29. Dry Erase Markers: •Ingredients from MSDS •Ingredients from MSDS Ingredients •Inhalation: irritation to nose, throat, and respiratory tract •Non-toxic, non-irritating •Ingestion: nausea, damage to lungs & other tissues Health •Safe to use in classroom space •Skin contact: causes irritation (redness, itching, and risks pain), prolonged or repeated contact causes dermatitis •Chronic exposure may affect liver or kidneys Impact on Environment •Daily contact in every classroom Level of w/whiteboard Harm reduction •Students write with markers when doing Exposure rating: problems on the board This score is based on the toxicity of ingredients as well as the level of No harm Significant exposure—advisory panel of reduction harm reduced scientists should be consulted
  30. 30. Dry Erase Markers Nontoxic Alternative: Currently in use: AusPen Markers Expo Dry Erase Markers Methyl isobutyl ketone, butyl acetate, Ingredients n-propanol, xylene (responsible for the awful smell), colors Methyl isobutyl ketone: harmful if •Xylene-free; uses safe ink swallowed or inhaled; irritant; may cause dermatitis; may lead to liver damage with •Eliminates the numerous health effects prolonged exposure listed to the left n-propanol: very hazardous eye and skin •Safe to breathe and touch irritant; harmful if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through skin; prolonged exposure can cause CNS depression, aspiration pneumonia, renal failure Xylene: CNS depression; irritates eyes, nose, throat; liver harm
  31. 31. Economic Benefits of the Auspen Marker 70 60 50 40 Price Ex po Ma rk e rs 30 Auspe n Ma rk e rs 20 10 0 1 2 3 4 5 Year Over 5 years, an estimated $218.67 will be saved per classroom by replacing Expo Markers with AusPen Markers
  32. 32. Hygiene Currently in use: Nontoxic Alternative: Purell Instant EO Products Hand Sanitizer Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Organic Ethanol, Vegetable Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Organic Lavender Essential Oil, Organic Lactate, Chloride Phosphate, Glycerin, Jojoba Oil, Carbomer (thickening agent), Ingredients Propylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone (silica-derived moisturizer), Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Fragrance, Aminomethyl Propanol (pH adjuster) Diazolidinyl Urea, Aminomethyl Propanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben •Carcinogenic •Plant-based alternative to chemical- •Organ system toxicity Health laden traditional hand sanitizers •Immunotoxicity Effects/ •Non-irritating to all skin types •Neurotoxicity •No negative short- or long-term health Ingredient •Developmental/reproductive toxicity Toxicity effects •Endocrine disruption •Irritation (eyes, skin, lungs)
  33. 33. Steps You Can Take • When choosing personal care products, simpler is better • Read labels for potentially harmful ingredients • Talk to your families about green lifestyle changes you can make • Visit websites to get more detail on specific products, as many offer more disclosure than labels. Email companies for further info. • Research on CosmeticsDataBase.com which has more than 22,000 products with ratings on chemical ingredients.
  34. 34. Ongoing Efforts • Political Lobbying • Actions / Advocacy: Lips Against Lead • National Chapter Building • Events: Green Spas, TTG Concerts, Panel Dialogues, Project Green Prom • Weekly Meetings • Letter Writing Campaigns • Blog on websites
  35. 35. You can make a difference! Sign up to be part of the change in your world Teensturninggreen.org

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