Who are the EWG?

Almost every book I’ve been reading has has spoken about the EWG, Environmental Working Group. So I decided to look into them and see what they are all about.

The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. They are a team of scientists, policy experts, lawyers and programmers. These people make it their business to advocate for us.

Like they say,

We work for you.  Do you know what’s in your tap water? What about your shampoo? What’s lurking in the cleaners underneath your sink? What pesticides are on your food? How about the farms, fracking wells and factories in your local area? Do you know what safeguards they use to protect your water, soil, air and your kids? Which large agribusinesses get your tax dollars and why?  What are GMOs? What do they do to our land and water?

More than two decades ago EWG set out to answer these questions, and more, and to empower you to get to know your environment and protect your health.”

There are 82,000 chemicals on the market without any safety testing. There are 287 chemicals found in babies before they’re born. The EWG believes that environment and health is all connected. Between personal care, home cleaning, and groceries, plus our water supply, it all contributes to the health and safety of our people. They question the water, shampoo, pesticides in our food, among many other harmful environmental factors.

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Part of what they do involves putting pressure on congress and administration to instill safety laws, all the while encouraging consumers to stay proactive and protect their families…because we simply can’t wait 20 years for the laws to change.

Because of the pressure of the EWG, many companies have been cleaning up their acts and now avoid using dangerous chemicals. They protect and speak up for the taxpayers, the people like us who can’t speak up for themselves.

Their existence is one that makes up for the lack in our government. It gives power to the everyday citizen, the consumer, the layperson with no medical degree and no accessibility to the otherwise undisclosed information.

And to the EWG naysayers, the ones who call them phonies, fear-mongerers and crybabies….even if there is a tiny tiny trace of lead in my lipstick, what if I choose not to have ANY lead in my lipstick? What’s wrong with that? After all, its my body,  my choice, and I have the right to be informed.

I, for one, am both very saddened and thrilled that we have the EWG on our side. I’m sad that we are in such a terrible state, that our world is falling apart, that big companies don’t care about anything but money. I’m sad when I hear that a child in my daughter’s school needs to remove an ovary at only five years old. I’m sad my friend’s son has cancer at twenty years old. Why? Doesn’t make any sense. What are we, the human race, doing wrong?

On the other hand, that we do have people willing to stand up and bring some heart and soul back into this world. I guess in small ways we can all do our part… little by little I can clean out my own makeup and skincare and make some small improvement in my world.

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