Sunday, September 30, 2007

think before pink

I'm used to loving almost everything in the Oprah magazine, but they just had a special on pink ribbon items you could buy. I have so little patience for many of these products, as they give so little money and send the message that the most active thing a woman can do is shop! Weirdly, on the same month, Martha Stewart's Blueprint had a tiny article recommending writing a check to Breast Cancer Research instead of buying "fuzzy fuchsia slippers." Right on, Marthaville!
I am a supporter of Breast Cancer Action, and, in particular, their "Think Before Pink " campaign. The campaign aims to highlight hypocracy in the pink ribbon campaigns, and particularly "pinkwashers"—companies that purport to care about breast cancer by promoting a pink ribbon campaign, but manufacture products that are linked to the disease. While I don't want to hate on all of these companies, many are trying to do the right thing, it's the places that don't give any money, just use the symbol, that drive me craziest! Like this beer cozy - what a grand political statement!
Breast Cancer Action recently highlighted the links between environmental factors, cleaning products, and hair and skin products and cancer risk. They highlighted this great resource where you can look up the products you use and make healthier choices:
Take a look at your most used products and see if there are any changes you need to make. I have already thrown away a few moisturizers and hair products. Mom, you were right to raise me on that weird Tom's of Maine toothpaste!

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