Environmental Working Group – A Nonprofit with Great ROI

July 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, EWG, Front Page

EWG worked effectively to bring awareness to the dangers of BPA. Photo: © NICOLAS LARENTO - Fotolia.com

EWG is working effectively to bring awareness to the dangers of BPA for babies and toddlers. Photo: © NICOLAS LARENTO - Fotolia.com

Any number of nonprofit groups are doing good work for the environment, but, to me, one of the most impressive is the Environmental Working Group (EWG). We’ve written in the past about their Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database and posted (twice) the ever-sobering EWG video 10 Americans. But those are just two of the many projects this group has sponsored.

In today’s email, I found a letter from EWG president, Ken Cook, listing several other group activities and projects that are making a real difference to the planet and to the health of the people who live here. Cook wrote to supporters to publicize the group’s activities.

Over the last several months, EWG has drawn a lot of attention to the topics you and I care about. They’ve provided critically important information to consumers and influenced the passage of legislation on issues that affect our well-being. It’s a lengthy list. The following excerpts from Cook’s letter give just a few of the highlights. To learn more, please visit the EWG website.

Here’s some of what Cook had to say:

“We’ve told decision makers what you want. . . and they’re listening.

    • We caught food industry giants plotting to mislead mothers and minority parents about the hazards of bisphenol-A (BPA) and spurred grassroots pressure to find a safe alternative…
    • The California State Senate passed the Toxics-Free Babies & Toddlers Act, which we sponsored, to ban BPA in children’s food products. If the State Assembly approves the bill, the largest market in the country will join Connecticut and Minnesota whose state legislatures enacted partial BPA Bans earlier this year…
    • Five environmental justice leaders joined us for an extensive two-year study that tested them for 75 chemical contaminants. They took their results directly to Congress as a compelling argument for reform of the failed federal toxics law…

“We researched, reported and testified for better public policies.

    • We released our third annual sunscreen report to help consumers identify safe, effective products and better understand the ingredients in sunscreen. We found that sunscreen companies are reformulating many products to be safer and more effective as a result of our three-year campaign…

“We created and shared important, useful information.

If you’re able to contribute charitable dollars this year, please consider donating to the Environmental Working Group. Your support of EWG will help make the world safer and healthier for the ones you love. And that’s the best return on investment you could ask for.

Julia Wasson

Blue Planet Green Living (Home Page)

Comments

9 Responses to “Environmental Working Group – A Nonprofit with Great ROI”

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  2. LisaatEWG on August 1st, 2009 2:49 pm

    Thank you, Julia, for the kind words and recommendation, and for sharing our work with your readers, we are grateful! Best, Lisa Frack, EWG Online Organizer

  3. Julia Wasson on August 2nd, 2009 8:04 am

    Hi Lisa.

    I am sure our readers who know of your work at EWG are grateful for all you do. I know I am!

    Julia

  4. Margaret on August 9th, 2009 11:16 pm

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Margaret

    http://grantfoundation.net

  5. Julia Wasson on August 10th, 2009 6:14 am

    Thank you, Margaret!
    It’s lovely to hear that we provide content that readers enjoy.
    Please let us know if you have story suggestions. You probably know some fascinating people doing great work for the environment (and the people who live here). We’d love to hear about them.
    Best regards, Julia

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