Left to right： Anne Robertson， Nature Maids； David Levine， CEO， American Sustainable Business Council； Bryan McGannon， Policy Director， ASBC； Jessica Alba， founder， The Honest Company； Christopher Gavigan， Chief Product Officersofa pillow covers， The Honest Company； Ansje Miller， Policy Co-Chair， BizNGO，； Dale “Sebastian” Luckwitz， Sustainability Officer， Naturepedic； Ed Brown， director of movie Unacceptable Levels. Photo Credit： American Sustainable Business Council.
Thursday， June 18 went really， really well.decorative pillow cases
Serving as a Naturepedic representative for the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)， I spent the day alongside actress and advocate for safer products Jessica Alba， co-founder of The Honest Company， and a team of talented business professionals， traveling the halls of the U.S. Senate to meet with a variety of senators. As members of the ASBC， we made the case for sensible reform to the outdated Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA). Currently， a draft bill， S. 697， is being considered in the Senate.
In addition to Alba， our team also included Christopher Gavigan， co-founder and CPO of The Honest Company， David Levine， CEO of the ASBC， Jeffrey Hollender， noted speaker， founder of Seventh Generation and co-founder of the ASBC， and representatives from Earth Friendly Products， Nature Maid， BizNGO and other ASBC members. In addition to focusing on key aspects of potential legislative reform to TSCA， we also highlighted that sustainable business practices make solid business sense.
While Alba’s star power garnered attention as we occasionally paused to allow passing aides and staffers to get a photo， the collective business case put forth by each ASBC member highlighted that stronger regulations for safer chemistries is ultimately good for American business and jobs as well as for the health of American families. Topics we discussed ranged from state preemption (our coalition spoke out loud for preserving a state’s right to regulate chemicals) to a needed focus on chemicals labeled as Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxins (PBTs).
As this post is being written， the U.S. House of Representatives have recently passed a separate and competing bill H.R. 2576. It is uncertain whether either the House of Senate versions of the reform will garner enough votes to pass， or if some combination of the two bills will be formed. The current version of the House bill falls seriously short of providing the type of safeguards needed for American families although it does largely preserve state’s rights. In the meetings with Senators， we also focused on key aspects we felt would strengthen the House bill.
The meetings went on from morning to afternoon following a tight meeting schedule as we stopped only for a quick lunch at the Dirksen Senate Building Cafeteria. The pace was intense but the energy high as we talked chemical reform. There was a noticeable comradery present as our separate business interests joined together for a common cause.
For some reason， though， the senators seemed a bit more interested in getting a picture alongside Jessica than with me.
Maybe it was my tie.
I’ve been in Love with Copper this year. I came across Pure Sweet Joy’s Blog?and tested out her version. After some trial and error, making some adjustments to size, I was amazed how beautiful a plant stand can look. Normally plant stands are accent pieces that you would not take too much notice in.??The copper shines so well?against the white pot and the extra lift in height just works beautifully together. ?I promise after you make your first, the next 2 will feel like a breeze.
Confession…I was not planning on making anything for St. Patrick's Day. BUT THEN, one evening last week I saw an adorable Christmas paper straw wreath on Pinterest. The red and white Christmas one was fabulous, of course, but I knew I would like the wreath even better in green and white. My willpower to resist yet another project was toast. I knew I had to make a St. Patrick's Day Wreath this year. This post contains some affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
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