Environmental Defence is asking Canada to make improvements

Recently on CTV National News, Environmental Defence recently released a new report called Pre-Polluted: A report on toxic substances in the umbilical cord blood of Canadian newborns. The report found that Canadian babies are being exposed to a slew of chemicals while in the womb because they are so pervasive in the environment and in the products we use. Some of the chemicals tested for are linked to serious health issues such as cancer and developmental and reproductive problems. 

As a mom to four I always like to hear both sides and make my own choices. I wanted to share with you all so you can make an informed decision for yourself and YOU can decide what is best for you and your child. This post is information only NOT opinion. 

When we are pregnant we want to be beautiful. We always want to do what is best for us and our children. Environmental Defence has  a list of companies who have signed the pledge to Just Beautiful. See the companies here

cordblood From Environmental Defence 

All Canadians have a right to live in a clean, healthy environment. If evidence that babies – who are especially vulnerable – are burdened with a toxic chemical load before they are born is not enough to signal a change must be made, we don’t know what is.

Moms: it’s not your fault. When it comes to reducing toxic pollution, government, industry, and the public all have a role to play. When scientists and government agree that a substance is toxic to human health, it must be phased out as soon as possible. Currently, chemicals like certain PBDE flame retardants can still be contained in imported furniture, despite plans for prohibitions having been announced by the federal government several years ago. Industry often takes action before bans are announced, but there are many chemicals still in products that businesses should stop using, like phthalates and PFCs (non stick coating chemicals). The public can make a difference by refusing to buy products that contain toxic “chemicals of convenience” and by letting decision makers in government and business know that it’s time for a change.

There are also things you can do at home to reduce your exposure. Simply mopping or wiping down furniture and floors to rid your home of dust can have a positive impact. Many toxic substances are persistent and can lurk in dust, even long after being banned! You can help reduce the amount of hormone-disrupting flame retardants, DDT, and PFCs in your home by wiping away the dust bunnies.

Environmental Defence is asking the federal government to move towards improving chemical regulation in Canada, to protect the health of all Canadians. We’re asking companies to proactively remove toxic chemicals from their products ahead of government plans to phase them out.

You can help too! Read the report to learn more, take action by signing the petition, and keep visiting Environmental Defence to find out more about how you can get involved.

All Canadians live downstream of the history of our industrial society. Let’s make sure that stream is clean, for our children and future generations.

Giveaway time

One lucky Canadian is going to win the deodorant and lip balm pictured above from Environmental Defence and their partners. Enter below for your chance

Good Luck!

  • Check out the companies that made the pledge and leave a blog post comment below telling me the name of one that caught your eye.
  • Follow @Gingermommy and @envirodefence on Twitter. Leave your twitter name below 
  • Share this giveaway once per day maximum via the share buttons below. Leave the url of your share in the comments

Giveaway ends Sept 7th 2013 . Winner will be drawn using random.org and notified by email. You will have 48 hours to respond


  1. Bare Organics caught my eye.

  2. Eaurganic. They have a great face cream. I love them!
    Twitter: @suekitty13
    Today's share: https://twitter.com/suekitty13/status/36999298455

  3. hmrcarlson says

    Sounds like a great list of companies! Bare Organics sounds terrific!

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  5. hmrcarlson says

    Follow both on twitter – @hmrcarlson.

  6. Good Roots caught my eye.

  7. Husk caught my eye

  8. I follow both on twitter as @undomesticgirl

  9. Good Roots! I love how they only sellproducts that are good for you,non-toxic makeup and healthy personal care products-I always have to continuously read labels on the products and this saves time.

  10. I follow on twitter

  11. Shared giveaway via Pinterest http://pinterest.com/pin/24629129185541686/

  12. Jennifer L. says

    It's great to have this list available. I want to do all I can to avoid chemicals. Keeki Pure and Simple caught my eye.

  13. The only company I really heard about before is Eaurganic. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Super great,,, Bare Organics sounds rad

  15. Thanks for the list. I am interested in learning more about Pure Anada Cosmetics.

  16. Follow both on twitter @kris_kipp

  17. I follow @Gingermommy and @envirodefence on Twitter (@Mightykarine)

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  19. Dayna Wilson says

    Eaurganic, they're awesome!

  20. Dayna Wilson says
  21. Rocky Mountain Soap Company is a fav of mine

  22. follow @envirodefence and @Gingermommy – @imheckifiknow

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  26. charmaine t says

    eScential Wellness looks awesome! @CharTavares

  27. I'm a fan of severals of theses companies, let's choose Eaurganic!

  28. I follow both under @gangadog

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  33. Angela Mitchell says

    Elabloom caught my eye. I have a sample of their facial oil and I haven't tried it yet so now I am even more interested in trying it out.

  34. Angela Mitchell says

    I follow both on Twitter @skyalive1976

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  36. I really like Leaves of Trees

  37. I follow you both on Twitter. @erockspell

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  43. Elva Roberts says

    August 30-Leaves of Trees caught my eye. I am so happy to hear of so many companies dedicated to Natural Skin care .

  44. Elva Roberts says

    August 30-My twitter name is: @el03ro

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  47. Elva Roberts says

    http://pinterest.com/pin/228276274835615093/-I shared on Pinterest today. user name' Elva Roberts

  48. Following @Gingermommy and @envirodefence. @AshleighSwerdfe
    My recent post Lexia- Character Interview

  49. craftynerd1986 says

    Sappho company caught my eye. I'm truly impressed. I stay away from cosmetics because of my terrible intolerance to sulphites that act like a [very bad] allergy, foods, shampoos, etc etc. It sucks.

    Good to see companies actually trying to be organic even though it's hard; it's WORTH IT!

  50. craftynerd1986 says

    I follow both twitter accounts via @evilkitten23

  51. craftynerd1986 says
  52. I like eScential Wellness.

  53. Elva Roberts says

    September 2-I shared this givaway on Stumbleupon today.-el03ro
    LInk: http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/emroberts4

  54. Elva Roberts says

    September 3-I shared this giveaway on Google +. My user name is : Elva Roberts

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  56. Christy Martin says

    I love that Eaurganic is a partner! @envirodefence and @Gingermommy – @howboutfu. http://pinterest.com/pin/438889926157135591/

  57. craftynerd1986 says
  58. Ella's Botanicals has caught my eye! 🙂

  59. I follow Follow @Gingermommy and @envirodefence on Twitter
    I am @sue2sueper on twitter

  60. Elva Roberts says

    September 4-I shared on Facaebook today. My user name is Elva Roberts

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  62. Elva Roberts says

    September 6-I shared this giveaway by tweeting.-el03ro
    LInk: https://twitter.com/el03ro

  63. Love Rocky Mountain Soap Company

  64. I Follow @Gingermommy and @envirodefence on Twitter (@catamo)

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  66. Elva Roberts says

    September 7-I shared a link to this giveaway on Digg.-el03ro
    Link: <a href="http://digg.com/submit?phase=2&url=http%3A%2F%2 Fwww.talesofarantingginger.com%2F2013%2F08%2Fenvironmental-defence-is-asking-canada-to-make-improvements-plus-giveaway.html&title=Environmental%20Defence%20is%20asking%20Canada%20to%20make%20improvements%20Plus%20Giveaway&bodytext=” target=”_blank”>http://digg.com/submit?phase=2&url=http%3A%2F…” target=”_blank”>Fwww.talesofarantingginger.com%2F2013%2F08%2Fenvironmental-defence-is-asking-canada-to-make-improvements-plus-giveaway.html&title=Environmental%20Defence%20is%20asking%20Canada%20to%20make%20improvements%20Plus%20Giveaway&bodytext=

  67. Rocky Mountain soap company caught my eye for sure.

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