Teens Turning Green
Written by Danika Carter of @YourOrganicLife
One of my absolute favorite groups addressing toxins in beauty products is Teens Turning Green. Teens Turning Green started in Marin County, the county with one of the highest breast cancer rates in the country…and it’s increasing. These teens formed a group to examine what chemicals they are being exposed to that may give them cancer or other health concerns.
They have become an effective group lobbying sucessfully on behalf of legislation in California that protects both children and adults from toxic exposure. They have successfully lobbied for The California Safe Cosmetics Act in October of 2005 and for the Toxic Toys Bill in 2007.
They also spoke at a hearing lead bySenator Carole Migden in San Francisco’s fight for laws in support of Nail SalonWorkers and then again in 2008, at a hearing to ban lead in lipstick. In 2009 they [lead] the BYOBag Marin City ordinance to support the ban ofsingle use bags in Marin County, and are part of many other advocacy initiatives within their schools and communities to support sustainable practices.
Last year they took on Abercrombie & Fitch in a very public campaign for spraying phthalate-containing perfumes in their stores endangering the health of their teenage employees and customers.
Starting next month (that would be in 2 days) Teens Turning Green is launching their 30-day green lifestyle initiative, Project Green Challenge.
Project Green Challenge is a powerful, diverse, and far-reaching movement inspiring young people to take action and protect our planet.
This October, Teens Turning Green is energizing high school and college students across the country to participate in Project Green Challenge, a 30-day green lifestyle initiative. The Challenge will raise awareness about conscious living, informed consumption and the collective impact of each of our actions.
With the guidance of eco experts, industry leaders and the PGC Guide to Living Green, participants will discover how fun, easy and effective eco living can be.
And then, when the 30-days is over,
Contestants who complete the 30-day Challenge can apply for the Challenge Finals. Ten finalists will be selected to participate in Green University, a two-day eco summit held in California this December. Students will be flown to San Francisco where they will learn from esteemed eco leaders, present experiences from the 30-day Challenge, and work together to create unique platforms for social action.This new slate of projects will be implemented by Teens Turning Green and youth nationwide in 2012.
The Eco-leaders that they’ve gathered to work with these students are just amazing. They are some of the leaders in the sustainable lifestyle movement.
If you know a teen or college student who’s interested in nontoxic beauty products and nontoxic, sustainable living, encourage them to sign up for the Project Green Challenge. There are only 2 days left to sign up!