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Green baby initiative launches

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A new awareness day to highlight sustainable options for baby care takes place this week.

The Women’s Environmental Network (Wen) is launching the first ever Green Baby Day on June 14, sponsored by Weleda. The day of action calls for a sustainable and toxic free future for babies and children, their parents and carers.

Green Baby Day aims to provide information to help families make healthy, eco-friendly and affordable choices to minimise exposure to harmful chemicals, and focuses attention on the need to ensure effective chemicals regulation to protect current and future generations, especially post Brexit.

People can join a free online discussion, Why should we be talking about harmful chemicals? Between 1-2pm with guest speakers, Charlotte Brody, National Director for Healthy Babies Bright Futures and Vice President for Health Initiatives of the BlueGreen Alliance, together with Wen’s expert scientific researcher, Helen Lynn, and Weleda’s Skincare Expert, Elizabeth King, to find out why we should be concerned about toxic chemicals in everyday products and what we can do to reduce our exposure.

Helen explained: “Post Brexit, the transposition from the gold standard European chemicals regulation REACH means many of the safeguards in place to protect health and environment are up for discussion. England and the citizens of the devolved governments deserve a strong UK REACH, and we need to let our politicians know this.”

Linda Tai, Wen’s Green Baby Campaign Manager, called for safer chemicals regulation so that “parents and carers can exercise their right to a healthy environment to bring up their children. The children of tomorrow have the right to a clean and sustainable environment to grow and develop”.

For more information, visit https://www.wen.org.uk/greenbabyday

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