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Safer Holiday Meals Guide

Safer Holiday Meals Guide

Seven Safer Holiday Meal Tips for minimizing your exposure to health-harming and environment-harming toxic chemicals that can get into your celebratory meal – from store packaging to the utensils on the table. Read More

I’ll Take My Yams Without a Side of Heavy Metals, Thank You

Post by BCPP Senior Policy Manager, Lisette van Vliet  

BCPP Safer Holiday Meals Guide 2022

With the year-end holidays right around the corner, it’s time to think about those yummy holiday meals we’ll be feeding our families…and some of the hidden toxic exposures they may bring.

While I love a good meal as much as the next person, as someone who works on the toxic chemicals used in food packaging and upstream materials that contact our food during the production phase, the major feast holidays are always a tense time of year. So much harmful exposure is happening through food, and most people are completely unaware.

Yet, I don’t simply want to inform people in a way that comes across as “nothing you eat is free of toxic chemicals.” And, most importantly, I don’t want to puncture our joy at sitting down with loved ones for a good meal. We all need time to relax, socialize, celebrate, and indulge!

holiday family meal at the table

That being said, it’s a bit like – this major offense against human health is happening, every day, and it’s time to throw up the window and yell we’re mad as hell.  The truth is, the FDA is doing a terrible job of regulating the chemicals used to make food packaging and other materials that contact the food we eat and the beverages we drink. Clearly that’s a downer, not to mention a rather unappetizing problem to think about. In particular, when you’re trying to organize a big, festive, and celebratory meal.

So, let’s skip to the good news – YES, there are choices that can help minimize your exposure to chemicals linked to breast cancer, learning disabilities, and many other debilitating chronic diseases.  Admittedly, not everyone can partake. Some of these choices may not be affordable, or available in your neighborhood. These are arguably problems that are just as much an environmental injustice as living next to a polluting factory.

Granted, I also acknowledge that not everyone starts from the same point of departure: some of you may need to go to greater lengths to reduce your risks because of your pre-existing vulnerabilities, such as living with a breast cancer diagnosis, or other health condition.

Still, back to the good choices. Without trying to be comprehensive or forensic about it, here are my seven suggestions for minimizing your exposure to health-harming and environment-harming chemicals that can get into your celebratory meal – from store packaging to the utensils on the table.

holiday meal ham

Safer Holiday Meal Tips

 

1. Read and follow our food packaging tips found here.

 

BCPP Safer Cookware Guide

2. Getting some new cookware?

Check out our Safer cookware guide to help you avoid buying cookware with the toxic ‘Forever’ PFAS chemicals.

Cooking turkey in Plastic

3. Don’t cook your turkey (or other food) in anything plastic.

If you are roasting meat, stay away from plastic roasting oven bags. Plastic is made from many chemicals, and we don’t know nearly enough about them, let alone how they interact to make by-product chemicals that can leach into the meat.

yams

4. Go easy on the sweet potatoes. 

A recent report by the Healthy Babies Bright Futures organization found that lead, arsenic, and cadmium levels are high in some fresh carrots and sweet potatoes. For those of you already serving these foods regularly to your kids, Healthy Babies Bright Futures recommend that parents vary the source by choosing from different brands, varieties, or stores each week to avoid accidentally serving a high-metal source often.

cooking spatulas

5. Serve your luscious steaming gravies from glass or ceramic containers with metal ladles (or use a ceramic cup or jug).

Stay away from plastic cooking utensils and plastic food receptacles – especially for hot, fatty, liquid foods like gravies. Scientific testing found nasty chemicals in some utensils. Because the production stream for recycled plastic, from which these utensils are sometimes made, can recirculate toxic chemicals into new products, it’s worth avoiding if you can.

6. Serving Coca-Cola?

Spare three minutes to tell Coca-Cola executives to lead their company away from the use of cancer-causing chemicals in their plastic bottles, hosted by our friends at Defend Our Health.

7. Want to do more?

Add your voice to those asking for a better food safety system for all! None of us can shop or cook our way out of this problem of toxics in food packaging and production. Take a few minutes and join our actions for changing the system of safety for chemicals in food and beverage:

 

At Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, we’re working hard to create the systemic change needed to ensure the government is protecting us all from dangerous chemicals in our food, so we as consumers don’t have to think about this stuff. However, until that day comes, consider taking some of these steps.

And of course, I hope you enjoy your holidays!

Best wishes and good cheer,

Lisette

Give the Gift of Prevention this Holiday Season


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Lisette van Vliet BCPP Senior Policy Manager

Non-Toxic Holiday Gift Guide 2022

Non-Toxic Holiday Gift Guide 2022

Shop with confidence that your holiday gifts are good for you, our planet and those you love! Our partners in prevention are offering socially responsible gift ideas that share our commitment to protecting the health of all people and our planet. Read More

Clean Holiday Gift Guide

Gifting made clean

Shop with confidence that your holiday gifts are good for you, our planet and those you love! Our partners in prevention are offering socially responsible gift ideas that share our commitment to protecting the health of all people and our planet.

Happy gifting from these fabulous businesses bringing you products that support our life-saving work to prevent breast cancer.

Innersense Organic Beauty

Innersense Organic Beauty: Organic Hair Care + Clean Beauty Products 

Innersense Organic Beauty was founded by beauty professionals, Greg and Joanne Starkman, with the mission to create clean, safe, sustainable, and professional hair care products for all hair types. Whether you’re treating yourself or giving the gift of healthy hair, Innersense has curated gift picks for head-turning hair all season long. Good for you, kind to the planet, shop gifts that give back.

Use code: JOY15 at checkout for 15% off your total purchase in December. Hair

Fontana candles

Fontana Candle Co.

Fontana Candle Co. is the candle company that cares. They’ve made it their mission to create clean burning candles with simple, all-natural ingredients. You won’t find any petroleum byproducts, stabilizers, fragrance oils, or harmful dyes. Fontana candles are the first to be MADE SAFE certified! They have all your seasonal favs, without the toxics: Peppermint Twist, Fir Needle & Pine, Spiced Latte, and Frankincense & Myrrh. 

Each Fontana Candle Co. purchase made in December helps contribute to a minimum donation of $2,500 to BCPP. Use this link, or code BCPP15 at checkout for 15% off your order through 12/31/22. Candles

Balega socks

Balega

Balega is committed to supporting the fight against breast cancer. Featuring the same unrivaled fit and stunning comfort for which all Balega socks are renowned, Grit & Grace collection not only supports your run, but also an incredible cause.

$1 per pair of Balega Grit and Grace socks will be donated to BCPP, up to $30,000! Socks

Earth Mama Organics

Earth Mama Organics

Spread the joy of the season with Earth Mama’s unique hand-picked collections. Let them unwrap a rejuvenating gift of self-care – because we all truly need it (unlike that perpetual robe or tie!). And because they’re mindfully formulated, cruelty-free, and obsessively clean, you’ll be giving peace of mind too.

Earth Mama Organics purchases made in December help contribute to a $2,500 donation to BCPP. 4 Mamas

Juice Beauty

Juice Beauty

Juice Beauty, antioxidant-rich skincare & plant-pigment makeup, has been cleaning up the Beauty space since 2005. Vegan, cruelty free, sustainable, made with certified organic ingredients and delivered from farm to beauty. Clinically validated formulas, authentically organic ingredients so every organic drop feeds your skin. 

Juice Beauty is honored to be making a December donation of $2,500 to BCPP to continue the mission of prevention. Skincare

Meliora cleaning products

Meliora Cleaning Products

Meliora (meh-lee-OR-ah) is Latin for “better.” At Meliora Cleaning Products, they make people- and planet-friendly home cleaning products so you know what you’re using is better for your home and the planet. Everything they make is single-use plastic-free, MADE SAFE Certified to ensure product ingredients are safe for you and your family, and made in Chicago.

This December, Meliora is proud to continue supporting BCPP with a guaranteed minimum annual donation of $5,000. Cleaning

Primally Pure deodorant

Primally Pure

Primally Pure’s Natural Deodorant (like all of their products) is made without dangerous chemicals that have been linked to various diseases, including cancer. They’ve spent years researching and formulating with safe, effective ingredients to create a gentle + non-toxic deodorant that actually works. They always have and always will believe that fewer is better when it comes to ingredients – and their best-selling natural deodorants are no exception. 

Primally Pure is proud to continue supporting BCPP with a guaranteed 2022 donation of $12,000. Skincare

Credo Beauty gifts

Credo Beauty

Find the perfect Selfcare Gift among Credo’s assortment of best-in-clean beauty products, safer for you and the planet. With 100+ brands to choose from, from skincare to makeup, body care, hair and fragrance, there’s something for everyone. Credo is a longstanding BCPP partner and works closely with BCPP’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Each Credo purchase helps contribute to a minimum donation of $20,000 to BCPP. Clean Beauty

Lemongrass Spa

Lemongrass Spa

Refreshing and sweet, the Peppermint Stick Collection is the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Pure peppermint essential oil is used in this winter-fresh collection. Available in Room Spray, Prebiotic Hand Soap, Foot Mask, Lip Butter, and Hand & Body Lotion. 

Lemongrass Spa purchases made in December help contribute to a minimum donation of $2,500 to BCPP. Peppermint

CSC's Top Black Beauty Brands

CSC Verified Non-Toxic Black Beauty Database 

BCPP’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics first-ever List of Top Non-Toxic Black-Owned Beauty Brands features Black entrepreneurs making safer beauty products, free of the toxic ingredients linked to breast cancer and health concerns that disproportionately impact Black women. This project brings health equity to the forefront by providing a searchable database of 700+ clean beauty products to help Black women and girls live their healthiest lives and prevent breast cancer.

Purchases you make go directly to uplifting these small non-toxic Black-owned businesses. CSC Verified

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen creates solutions to single use products and uses business as a force for good. Your purchase from this family and employee-owned business allows them to donate directly to organizations like BCPP working to make the world a better place.

Klean Kanteen has been a partner of BCPP since 2004, donating over $335K in cash and product to BCPP via 1% For The Planet to support this amazing work! Bottles+

Henry Rose perfume

Henry Rose

Created by Michelle Pfeiffer, Henry Rose is committed to using only ingredients vetted against the strictest standards for health and safety known today. They’re proud to be EWG Verified,  Cradle to Cradle Certified and Cruelty-Free. 

Each Henry Rose purchase helps contribute to a minimum donation of $10,000 to BCPP. Fragrance

The North Face

The North Face

For over 15 years, The North Face has partnered with Breast Cancer Prevention Partners. The Explore Fund is proud to support BCPP’s work for breast cancer prevention in the outdoors.

In connection with the NEW Pink Ribbon collection, $50,000 goes to support BCPP’s mission. Collection

Giving Tuesday Thanksgiving 2022

Giving Tuesday: TRIPLE Your Impact!

Help BCPP continue our vital work in prevention in 2023

11/29 is #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving, and we are excited to announce a second year partnership with our friends at Innersense Organic Beauty. On this special national day of giving Innersense will TRIPLE all donations, up to $50,000!

Kick start our matching gift challenge by tripling your donation TODAY! This week you have the opportunity to TRIPLE your impact for advancing breast cancer prevention: TRIPLE MATCH

Help us reach our $50,000 goal by making a generous gift right now. 

 

Plus, Innersense Organic Beauty is donating an additional 20% of all Innersensebeauty.com purchases to one of three BCPP projects as part of their Season of Giving. Shop through 12/4. Hair

 

REMINDER: These products come from fabulous companies that financially support our efforts to prevent breast cancer, so purchases you make also support BCPP!


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Wendy Cook BCPP Senior Engagement and Partnerships Manager

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

This Native American Heritage Month, learn more about the rich history and cultures of the first Americans, whose voices and contributions are all too often unheard, unseen, and unacknowledged. Read More

It is virtually impossible to miss the fact that this Thursday is Thanksgiving, followed by Black Friday, the “National Day of Shopping.” Unfortunately, far fewer of us know that, more importantly, this Friday is Native American Heritage Day and November is Native American Heritage Month. 

“Native American Heritage Month was established in 1992 to honor and recognize Native Americans as the first people of this nation and to celebrate both their cultural heritage and their importance to our past, present and future.” 

Native American Heritage Day is a day of celebration, acknowledgement, and teaching for many indigenous groups, such as Native Hope.

For some, such as the United American Indians of New England, it is a National Day of Mourning, recognizing the devasting impact the arrival of European settlers had on North America’s indigenous peoples and their cultures. 

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners honors indigenous cultures and communities, and we acknowledge the brutal history of oppression the first people of the nation endured, and against all odds, survived; as well as the ongoing oppression and racism of today.

Resources

We encourage you to learn more about the rich history and cultures of the first Americans, whose voices and contributions are all too often unheard, unseen, and unacknowledged. Here are a few resources to get your started. Explore them today, this month, and all year long:

Native American Heritage Month video

Smithsonian Magazine Do American Indians Celebrate Thanksgiving? 

National Park Service: Native American History Month

The California State Indian Museum State Historic Park


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Nancy Buermeyer BCPP Director of Program and Policy

Get Out and Vote! For your Health

Get Out and Vote! For your Health

Breast cancer affects people across the political spectrum. That’s because chemicals are equal opportunity offenders, exposing people on both sides of the aisle to an increased risk of breast cancer and other diseases that are on the rise. Still, more elected officials need to hear from people in their districts that getting chemicals linked to breast and other cancers out of everyday products, and out of our air, water, and industry altogether, matters!Read More

Three friends are happy they went together to vote

By BCPP Director of Science Rainbow Rubin, PhD, MPH 

You deserve a say in what goes on in our world. This November 8th, it’s important to use our voices to shape a healthier future for our neighborhoods, cities, states, and country by casting a vote for elected officials who care about preventing breast cancer as much as you do.

Breast cancer affects people across the political spectrum. That’s because chemicals are equal opportunity offenders, exposing people on both sides of the aisle to an increased risk of breast cancer and other diseases that are on the rise. Fortunately, new laws across the country that would more strictly regulate chemicals and keep toxic products with cancer-linked chemicals off of store shelves are receiving strong bi-partisan support. Still, more elected officials need to hear from people in their districts that getting chemicals linked to breast and other cancers out of everyday products, and out of our air, water, and industry altogether, matters!

The good news is that a recent survey of voters commissioned by the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) showed that Americans overwhelmingly want government and industry to ensure that products on store shelves are free of harmful chemicals, and they are willing to pay more for that peace of mind.[1]

The survey found broad agreement that the government should require products to be proven safe before they are put on the market. More than 90 percent of those surveyed support this requirement, and two-thirds strongly agree with these ideas.

Woodruff, T. (2022, October 11). Poll: Voters Agree on Need for More Protections from Chemicals. Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment. https://prheucsf.blog/2022/10/11/poll-voters-agree-on-need-for-more-protections-from-chemicals/

The poll also found:

  • 76% are concerned about the impact that chemicals and plastics have on climate change.
  • 54% say chemical regulations are not strong enough, while 21% say they are about right and 10% say they are too strong.
  • 93% agree (57% strongly) that it is important to remove harmful chemicals from where we live, work and go to school even if it increases the costs for some products and similar numbers agree that it is important for companies to keep harmful chemicals out of everyday products, even if it increases costs for some products.

Voters are concerned about all the chemicals they were asked about in the survey, and expressed the most worry about chemicals ingested through water, food, and food packaging. And about half (49%) wrongly assume that the chemicals in food and consumer products have been tested for safety, which is not true.

“People assume that what they buy is safe and that almost always isn’t the case,” said Tracey J. Woodruff, PhD, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, who directs the University of California at San Francisco’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment and the EaRTH (Environmental Research and Translation for Health) Center. “The good news is this survey reveals overwhelming support for the government to do a better job of protecting people from harmful chemicals.”

“At a time when most issues are politically polarized, the issue of keeping people safe from harmful chemicals finds widespread agreement among Democrats, Republicans and Independent voters,” said Celinda Lake President of Lake Research Partners, which conducted the poll.

Our legislative track record confirms the same finding that health is something we can all get behind. That’s why so many of the 18 local, state, and federal laws we’ve championed over the past decade and a half received strong support from Democrats and Republicans alike.

By speaking up about what’s wrong and saying, “NO!” to cancer-causing ingredients in our products, we can create positive change for current and future generations. Let’s continue to show up and use our voices to create a healthier, safer, and more just world for all. Together, we can eliminate the preventable causes of breast cancer.

This November, make your voice heard by voting for leaders who will protect your health and safety by ensuring chemicals linked to breast cancer are no longer welcome in our consumer products, workplaces, and communities.

 


[1] Woodruff, T. (2022, October 11). Poll: Voters Agree on Need for More Protections from Chemicals. Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment. https://prheucsf.blog/2022/10/11/poll-voters-agree-on-need-for-more-protections-from-chemicals/ 


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Rainbow Rubin PhD BCPP Director of Science

Breast Cancer Prevention Month Gift Guide 2022

Breast Cancer Prevention Month Gift Guide 2022

This Breast Cancer Prevention Month, our partners in prevention are bringing you clean products that value YOU and the environment.Read More

Breast Cancer Prevention Month Gift Guide 2022

Put your dollars towards businesses and products that put your health first

We call October Breast Cancer Prevention Month. For over 20 years, October has signified the month to promote awareness of breast cancer and shop in support of finding a cure. Yet, 1 in 8 women in the US will still be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. That’s why we continue to shift the conversation from awareness to prevention

This Breast Cancer Prevention Month, our partners in prevention are bringing you clean products that value YOU and the environment.

At BCPP we only partner with socially responsible companies that share our commitment to protecting the health of all people and our planet.

Check out these fabulous businesses bringing you products that benefit and help fund our life saving work to prevent breast cancer for as many folks as possible. *Smart, safer shopping made easy*

Partner Guide Banner October 2022
Innersense

Innersense Organic Beauty: Organic Hair Care + Clean Beauty Products 

Greg and Joanne Starkman founded Innersense Organic Beauty to offer professionals and consumers effective, clean formulas with high-quality organic ingredients. Innersense is proudly a B-Corp certified company and award-winning global leader in hair care with an inclusive range of non-toxic, sustainable and cruelty-free products for all hair types. 

Use code: BCPP15 for 15% off your total purchase for the month of October. Innersense Beauty

Fontana Candle Co

Fontana Candle Co.

Fontana Candle Co. is the candle company that cares. They’ve made it their mission to create clean burning candles with simple, all-natural ingredients. Each of the ingredients used in their candle making process were hand-selected after careful research, including beeswax, coconut oil, natural essential oils, and wood wicks. You won’t find any petroleum byproducts, stabilizers, fragrance oils, or harmful dyes in their products. Fontana candles are the first to be MADE SAFE® certified!

Each Fontana Candle Co. purchase made in October helps contribute to a minimum donation of $2,500 to BCPP. Use the link, or the code BCPP15 at checkout to receive 15% off your order through 12/31/22. Candles

Balega socks

Balega

Balega is committed to supporting the fight against breast cancer. Featuring the same unrivaled fit and stunning comfort for which all Balega socks are renowned, the Grit & Grace collection not only supports your run, but also an incredible cause.

Make a difference today! $1 per pair of Balega Grit and Grace socks will be donated to BCPP, up to $30,000! Socks

Earth Mama Organics

Earth Mama Organics

Founded by a nurse and herbalist, Earth Mama Organics has been raising the bar for radical transparency in personal care products for over 20 years. Their long-standing partnership with BCPP and support of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is central to Earth Mama’s core mission to Do No Harm to people or the planet.

10% of every purchase made from earthmamaorganics.com in October goes to support BCPP with a maximum of $5,000. 4 Mamas

Odacité Skincare

Odacité Skincare

The story of Odacité begins with the audacity of French-born founder, Valérie Grandury, and her personal journey of healing following a breast cancer diagnosis. Odacité’s made clean in California personal care products are a skin-compatible fusion of raw nature and clinical actives.

Odacité will donate $25 to BCPP for every Skin Confidence Trio sold in October, for a minimum annual donation of $2,500. Skincare

Meliora cleaning products

Meliora Cleaning Products

Meliora (meh-lee-OR-ah) is Latin for “better.” At Meliora Cleaning Products, they make people- and planet-friendly home cleaning products so you know what you’re using is better for your home and the planet. Everything they make is single-use plastic-free, MADE SAFE Certified to ensure product ingredients are safe for you and your family, and made in Chicago.

2% of every Meliora Cleaning Products’ web site sale is donated to BCPP for the month of October, with a minimum of $5,000! Cleaning

OPG Vibrant 22

Vibrant Body Company

Vibrant Body Company is disrupting the Intimates category with its Certified Clean First Layer – Bras, tanks and underwear that are certified to be free from harmful substances like pesticides, flame retardants, chlorine bleach, formaldehyde, carcinogenic dyes. Always wireless. Always the most comfortable and supportive.

For the month of October, Vibrant Body Company will donate 20% of all purchases up to $25K. First Layers

Black Beauty Project Database

CSC Verified Non-Toxic Black Beauty Database 

BCPP’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics first-ever List of Top Non-Toxic Black-Owned Beauty Brands features Black entrepreneurs making safer beauty products, free of the toxic ingredients linked to breast cancer and health concerns that disproportionately impact Black women. This project brings health equity to the forefront by providing a searchable database of 700+ clean beauty products to help Black women and girls live their healthiest lives and prevent breast cancer.

Purchases you make go directly to uplifting these small non-toxic Black-owned businesses. CSC Verified

Credo Beauty makeup products

Credo Beauty

Credo has the largest assortment of best-in-clean beauty products, safer for you and the planet. With 120+ brands to choose from, from skincare to makeup, body care, hair and fragrance, there’s something for everyone. Credo is a longstanding BCPP partner and works closely with the organization on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. 

Each Credo purchase helps contribute to a minimum donation of $20,000 to BCPP. Clean Beauty

Primally Pure

Primally Pure

Primally Pure’s Natural Deodorant (like all of their products) is made without dangerous chemicals that have been linked to various diseases, including cancer. They’ve spent years researching and formulating with safe, effective ingredients to create a gentle + non-toxic deodorant that actually works. They always have and always will believe that fewer is better when it comes to ingredients – and their best-selling natural deodorants are no exception.

$1 per order (on all breast health products) all month long will go back to BCPP, up to $12,000! Skincare

Lemongrass Pink Healing Balm

Lemongrass Spa

At Lemongrass Spa Products, offering clean, safe skincare and giving back to their communities is at the heart of the company mission. The Pink Healing Balm is a special ointment offered in October that protects skin from dryness and irritations. Formulated with skin-softening shea and apricot kernel oil, shea butter, frankincense, rose and peony, the balm melts onto skin to soften and repair.

For every purchase of the Pink Healing Balm Stick and the larger six-ounce jar, $2 or $3, respectively, is donated to BCPP with a minimum commitment of $3,500 in 2022. Healing Balm

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen creates solutions to single use products and uses business as a force for good. Your purchase from this family and employee-owned business allows them to donate directly to organizations like BCPP working to make the world a better place.

Klean Kanteen has been a partner of BCPP since 2004, donating over $335K in cash and product to BCPP via 1% For The Planet to support this amazing work! Bottles+

Crunchi

Crunchi

Crunchi®️ is a revolutionary line of high-performance, safe, and toxin-free cosmetic and skincare products that are redefining beauty. Thankfully, you no longer have to compromise your beauty for your health or your health for your beauty.

This October, Crunchi is proud to support BCPP with a guaranteed minimum donation of $2,500. Clean Beauty

Ecologic bottles

Ecologic: Packaging the Earth can live with

As a proud partner of BCPP, Ecologic keeps you and the earth healthy with ground-breaking sustainable products, connecting you to an environmentally-friendly lifestyle. Ecologic reduces plastic use one eco.bottle at a time.

During October, enjoy 50% off Ecologic products from Home Depot! Three cents of every Ecologic unit sold goes directly to BCPP, with an annual minimum donation of $3,000. Packaging

Henry Rose

Henry Rose

Created by Michelle Pfeiffer, Henry Rose is committed to using only ingredients vetted against the strictest standards for health and safety known today. They’re proud to be EWG Verified,  Cradle to Cradle Certified and Cruelty-Free. 

Each Henry Rose purchase helps contribute to a minimum donation of $10,000 to BCPP. Fragrance

Naturepedic mattresses

Naturepedic

Since 2003, Naturepedic has been leading the organic mattress revolution with Safe Healthy Sleep™ options for the whole family. Naturepedic’s GOTS certified organic mattresses and sleep accessories are handcrafted with organic cotton, wool and latex. They’re also MADE SAFE® certified non-toxic, which means no chemical flame retardants, polyurethane foam or harmful materials.

This October, use code BCPP10 for 10% off. Then, Naturepedic will donate another 10% to BCPP! Healthy Sleep

I-N Skincare

Intelligent I-N

Intelligent I-N is a women-owned company motivated by a mission to lead the beauty industry into a cleaner, safer, more earth-conscious future. They are dedicated to creating wildly effective, super-natural haircare, skincare, & body care while maintaining rigorous standards and meticulous selection of plant-derived, clinically proven, active ingredients that are always cruelty-free and responsibly produced. Rooted in their love for plants and the planet. I-N is dedicated to doing the best they can, until they can do better. 

Intelligent I-N is a longtime supporter and advocate of BCPP. During the month of October, every I-N purchase will help contribute to a $2,500 donation to BCPP. In addition, BCPP is the recipient for I-N’s consumer round up campaign through the end of 2022. Intelligent Beauty

Everviolet intimates

Everviolet

Everviolet creates beautiful and comfortable intimate apparel for the evolving needs of women. Born out of our founder’s experience with breast cancer, the wireless yet supportive collection is made with luxe sustainable jersey and ultra-soft lace. With a strong eco-promise, Everviolet is deeply aligned with BCPP’s mission and a proud partner.

Throughout October, Everviolet will donate 10% of sales of our Vela Wireless Bra and Brazilian Panty to BCPP. Intimates

Crystal deodorant

CRYSTAL

CRYSTAL™ Deodorant, the leader in natural deodorants for over 35 years, is proud to support Breast Cancer Prevention Partners’ efforts to prevent breast cancer and protect people and the planet from toxic chemicals in our environment. CRYSTAL™ products are proudly made without aluminum chloride, parabens, artificial fragrance, and are vegan and cruelty free. 

This October, CRYSTAL is proud to support BCPP with a guaranteed donation of $2,500! CRYSTAL

The North Face jackets

The North Face

For over 15 years, The North Face has partnered with Breast Cancer Prevention Partners. The Explore Fund is proud to support BCPP’s work for breast cancer prevention in the outdoors.

In connection with the NEW Pink Ribbon collection, $50,000 goes to support BCPP’s mission. Collection

Goodlight candles

GoodLight Candles

GoodLight Candles believes that clean air is important for a healthy life. That’s why we make 100% plant-based candles with clean-burning palm wax and pure essential and botanical oils, and without any phthalates, synthetic fragrances, chemicals, or petroleum-based paraffin. And when you buy GoodLight, you are supporting small, certified-sustainable farmers in Indonesia and Malaysia who are working to create a healthier planet for us all.

In addition to being a sponsor of the annual Peak Hike, GoodLight creates a limited edition line of LOVE candles each year to support BCPP. GoodLight contributes 50 cents from the sale of each LOVE tin and $1 from the sale of their larger LOVE candles to BCPP. Clean Candles

REMINDER: These products come from fabulous companies that financially support our efforts to prevent breast cancer, so purchases you make also support BCPP!

You can also donate directly to prevent breast cancer.


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Wendy Cook BCPP Senior Engagement and Partnerships Manager

Create Your Own At-Home Non-Toxic Hand Soap

Create Your Own At-Home Non-Toxic Hand Soap

A DIY hand soap recipe for people who want to have more control over what ingredients they interact with. The DIY hand soap below can be whipped up with just a few simple, non-toxic ingredients, and is just as effective as store-bought options.Read More

DIY Nontoxic Hand Soap Recipe Ecologic X BCPP 2

Combine three simple ingredients to create a safe and non-toxic alternative to store-bought hand soaps

Created in partnership with our partners at Ecologic 

Ask any 8-year-old why it’s important to wash our hands and you’ll likely get some variation of the same answer: Because, obviously, germs are bad, they’ll tell you. Everybody knows that!

We’re taught from a young age that good hand washing hygiene is an effective way to prevent the spread of illness and bacteria – to keep ourselves healthy and safe – a fact that’s even more relevant amid a global pandemic. As people are washing their hands and cleaning their homes more frequently to protect themselves from Covid-19, many consumers might be wondering what’s really in the hand soaps and cleaning products they’re using. And, even more importantly, do they work?

Begin your sustainability journey with Ecologic’s 16oz reusable sprayer and pump eco.bottle 4pk kit

Conventional hand soaps, like many cleaning and personal care items, contain bacteria-fighting chemicals that have been linked to health concerns including hormone disruptions and increased risk of cancer. Common hand soap ingredients include:

  • Fragrance or “parfum” can cover dozens of unlisted chemicals like phthalates, benzyl acetate and methylene chloride.
  • Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent which has been found to be a potential endocrine disruptor, and is harmful to the environment.
  • Parabens are chemicals that prevent the growth of mold and bacteria and are added to body wash to stabilize the product and extend its shelf life.

If you’re reaching for your nearest bottle of hand soap to scour the label right about now, you’re not alone. Here at BCPP, we have been dissecting ingredient lists for years to spread awareness and advocate for safer consumer products. Get our top tips on how to choose safer cleaning products!

Together with our partners at Ecologic, we’ve developed numerous DIY recipes for various personal care and cleaning products for people who want to have more control over what ingredients they interact with. The DIY hand soap below can be whipped up with just a few simple, non-toxic ingredients, and is just as effective as store-bought options.

Recipe

Ingredients:

– 1 ½ cups water
– 2 tbsp castile soap [removes dirt]
– Optional: 40 drops of essential oil* of choice [smells good]

*No undiluted essential oils should be applied to the skin. When choosing essential oils, there is evidence of concern for breast cancer/endocrine disruption with lavender and tea tree oil.

Directions:

1. Measure ingredients and pour into the pump bottle (use funnel if needed). Shake gently to combine.

2. To use, rinse hands with water, massage soap into skin, rinse and pat dry.

Need a dispenser for your new homemade hand soap? Check out Ecologic’s line of eco-friendly refill kits.

Three ingredients – that’s it. No need to squint at a product label or make any guesses on hard-to-pronounce chemicals. Making your own hand soap will give you the peace of mind that you’re getting clean hands without added chemicals.

Non Toxic All Purpose Spray Cleaner BCPP Ecologic
Non Toxic All Purpose Spray Cleaner BCPP Ecologic
Non Toxic All Purpose Spray Cleaner BCPP Ecologic

Not ready to make your own hand soap? No problem! Next time you’re browsing store shelves or shopping for products online, use these tips to help you find the best and safest options:

  • Read the labels: look for products with as few ingredients as possible and try to avoid products with fragrance and the other chemicals listed above.
  • Look for products with the MADE SAFE® seal: MADE SAFE makes it easy to identify safer products with a special seal.

Use online tools like the browser extension Clearya to help find safer products.

We at BCPP are dedicated to raising awareness and driving positive change. That’s why we’ve developed numerous DIY recipes for safe alternatives to everyday household and personal care products, including the one above. For more tips and information visit bcpp.org/tips or follow us on social media on Facebook or Instagram @bcppartners

Did you know? 

Castile is an olive oil-based soap that can be found in many everyday soap and cleaning products. But it’s safe and effective all on its own. Originally from the Castile region of Spain, this soap has been used for centuries. Essentially, it’s just plain, good soap.


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Create Your Own At-Home Non-Toxic Body Wash

Create Your Own At-Home Non-Toxic Body Wash

Now before you swear off body wash for good, we have good news for you. You can create your own body wash with simple ingredients that’s just as effective and refreshing as the store-bought versions!Read More

Pantry staples like honey and coconut oil combine for a feel-good, non-toxic body wash

Created in partnership with our partners at Ecologic 

Think back to the last time you purchased body wash. Whether you shop online or in a store, you were likely faced with a lot of options. So, how did you choose? Maybe it was a new fresh scent that caught your attention. Or the allure of softer, younger looking skin. Perhaps it was the comfort of a familiar brand. Or the gratification of finding a great deal. 

Was it something on the ingredient list that sold you on the product? Or, better yet, something that wasn’t?

Begin your sustainability journey with the Ecologic 16oz reusable sprayer and pump eco.bottle 4pk kit!

Body washes, like so many everyday personal care products, can contain dozens of chemicals – many of which can be linked to health concerns including hormone disruptions and increased risk of cancer.

Common chemicals in body washes include:

  • Formaldehyde: a known carcinogen which can be added to act as a preservative in many personal care and cleaning products.
  • Triclosan: a hormone disruptor, used as an antimicrobial agent to prevent the growth of fungus and bacteria.
  • Parabens: chemicals that prevent the growth of mold and bacteria and are added to body wash to stabilize the product and extend its shelf life.
  • Ethoxylated ingredients: these chemicals are intended to make skincare products less harsh, however can also be linked to cancer. Ingredients that end in ‘eth’ have been ethoxylated.

Conscious consumers look out for these ingredients on product labels. However, some of the chemicals found in body washes may not be listed on the label at all. In fact, the word “fragrance” on an ingredient list is a generic label that can actually hide dozens or more potentially harmful chemicals.

Now before you swear off body wash for good, we have good news for you. You can create your own body wash with simple ingredients that’s just as effective and refreshing as the store-bought versions. We at BCPP work diligently to spread awareness about the potential harms found in everyday products and have developed DIY recipes for common personal care and cleaning products. The simple body wash recipe below uses safe, non-toxic ingredients that you might already have in your home.

Recipe

Ingredients:

– ½ cup coconut oil [softens skin]
– ½ cup raw honey [naturally antibacterial, soothes skin]
– 1 cup liquid castile soap [removes dirt]
– Optional: 40 drops of essential oil* of choice [smells good]

*No undiluted essential oils should be applied to the skin. When choosing essential oils, there is evidence of concern for breast cancer/endocrine disruption with lavender and tea tree oil.

Directions:

Measure ingredients and pour into the pump bottle (use funnel if needed). Shake gently to combine.

To use, rinse body with water, massage soap into skin, rinse and pat dry.

Non Toxic All Purpose Spray Cleaner BCPP Ecologic
Non Toxic All Purpose Spray Cleaner BCPP Ecologic
Non Toxic All Purpose Spray Cleaner BCPP Ecologic

Need a dispenser for your new homemade hand soap? Check out Ecologic’s line of eco-friendly refill kits here

That’s it! Just simple, natural ingredients. The coconut oil soothes and softens skin while the honey and castile soap gently remove dirt and bacteria leaving you with a refreshed, clean feeling.

If you’re still looking for the ease and convenience of buying your body wash at the store, here are a few tips to ensure you’re buying the best product:

  • The simpler, the better: Try to look for products that contain as few ingredients as possible.
  • Remember, “natural” and “organic” claims don’t always mean a product is free from chemicals of concern.
  • Skip the Scents: the word “fragrance” or “parfum” on a product label can hide dozens of unlisted chemicals.

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) is the leading science-based advocacy organization working to prevent breast cancer by eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals linked to the disease. BCPP focuses on protecting the consumers right to know and providing information to make the right choice easy. Check out our tips for more, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram

Ecologic Brands is dedicated to creating a more sustainable world through better packaging choices. Founded in 2008, Ecologic designs and manufactures paper bottles made from recycled materials. 

Did you know?

Honey is naturally antibacterial! In fact, it has been documented for its medicinal properties since ancient times. Honey’s bacteria-fighting effects are due to the enzymatic production of hydrogen peroxide, making it a great, natural addition to recipes like this body wash. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/ 

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Make Your Own Non-Toxic All-Purpose Spray Cleaner

Make Your Own Non-Toxic All-Purpose Spray Cleaner

Get our DIY recipe for a natural, safe and effective alternative to the popular all-purpose cleaner! Read More

A natural, safe and effective alternative to the popular all-purpose cleaner

Reposted from our partners at Ecologic 

There are few household cleaning products that are more versatile and reliable than the powerhouse known as the all-purpose cleaner. Chances are, it’s the first product you reach for to clean up the messes around your home. A sticky splash of your toddler’s orange juice sippy cup. A grease splatter from last night’s dinner experiment. A drop of toothpaste stuck to the bathroom counter. Kids. Pets. Life in general can be messy. But that’s no problem for the all-purpose cleaner!

Begin your sustainability journey with the Ecologic 16oz reusable sprayer and pump eco.bottle 4pk kit!

While the all-purpose cleaner is a trusted staple in many home cleaning kits, you might be surprised to learn that many ordinary household cleaning products, like all-purpose counter cleaners, contain chemicals that have been linked to health concerns with short and long-term impacts. Some common ingredients include:

  • Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen which can be added to act as a preservative in many personal care and cleaning products.
  • Phthalates are a group of chemicals that can be used as solvents and stabilizers in some cleaning product formulations.
  • Ethylene oxide is a fumigant most commonly used to create other chemicals and has been linked to health concerns including increased risk of cancer. Check for ingredients that end in “eth”.

There are plenty of ways to keep your home clean without using harsh chemicals. In fact, one of the best and safest ways to clean your home is by making your own all-purpose counter cleaner with just a few simple ingredients – some of which you probably already own.

Recipe

Castile Soap Based Recipe

Ingredients:

– 2 cups distilled water
– 2 tbsp castile soap [removes dirt and grime]

Vinegar Based Recipe

Ingredients:

– 1 cup distilled water
– 1 cup vinegar [works as a solvent]

Optional: Juice from ½ lemon (store the cleaner in the fridge if used) [adds fresh, clean scent]

Note: DO NOT use on marble, granite or stone; do not clean raw egg.

Directions:

1. Measure ingredients and pour into a spray bottle (use funnel if needed). Shake gently to combine.

2. To use, first gently shake the spray bottle. Spray cleaner onto desired surface, wipe off with a damp cloth. Need a dispenser for your new homemade all-purpose cleaner?

Check out Ecologic’s line of eco-friendly refill kits here.

Non Toxic All Purpose Spray Cleaner BCPP Ecologic

These simple, non-toxic ingredients do the heavy lifting without the negative health side effects. Vinegar’s acidic nature works as a solvent to tackle tough buildups of dirt and grease.

One question we often get is, what about disinfecting?

There are some areas in your home that should be regularly disinfected, especially if and when you or your loved ones are vulnerable. Products with active ingredients like citric acid, hydrogen peroxide, 1-lactic acid, and ethanol or alcohol are stronger, yet still safe alternatives for castile soap. If you only have access to bleach-based disinfectants, ensure you are using gloves, eye protection and that you ventilate the area after cleaning.

Not quite ready to take the DIY approach? That’s okay! There are lots of safe options on the store shelves. You just need to know what to look out for on product labels. Look for companies that disclose all the ingredients on the packaging. Is “fragrance” listed as an ingredient? Skip it. There are thousands of chemicals that can be used to formulate scents for cleaning products. Even “unscented” products may contain fragrance as a way to mask the product’s natural odor. Many of these chemicals have been linked to breast cancer, hormone disruptions and other health problems. Remember, “natural” and “organic” claims don’t always mean a product is safe.

BCPP is dedicated to eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and other environmental exposures linked to breast cancer. For more tips and information, visit www.bcpp.org/tips or follow along on Facebook or Instagram

Pro Tip: Clean often and regularly!

These recipes work best if you keep up with a frequent cleaning routine. Built up dirt and grime can be difficult to remove – even with harsh chemicals. Spare yourself the time and elbow grease by cleaning regularly and often with these safe and natural alternatives.


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Climb Against the Odds 2022

Climb Against the Odds 2022

Follow the climbers’ journey! 23 volunteer climbers from across the country will attempt Mt. Shasta’s 14,179 ft.Read More

Climb Against the Odds Team 2022

This year we were honored to welcome 23 volunteer climbers from across the country who climbed 14,179 ft. Mt. Shasta to challenge the 1 in 8 odds of a woman’s breast cancer diagnosis. Many climbed in honor of their own or a loved one’s experience with breast cancer or other diseases, carrying prayer flags inscribed with names up the mountain. They all climbed for prevention so that no one should have to hear the words “you have breast cancer.”

So far, this team has raised over $355K of their $360K goal to prevent breast cancer. Help them reach their goal! 

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Event Photos by Ashly Winchester

Event Photos by Austin Meyer

Staff & Climber Photos

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Climb Against the Odds 2022 Day 3

10:15am All teams are out of base camp and descending to the trailhead. Supporters will gather at the 5th Season to welcome the climbers home with posters, cow bells, hugs, and cheers!

This incredibly brave team has raised over $351K of their $360K goal to prevent breast cancer. Can you help them reach their goal by tonight? 

Climb Against the Odds 2022 Day 2
Bautiful day at Mt Shasta 6_15_2022

While a beautiful day at the bottom, 100mph winds at the top of Mt. Shasta

Alexys DTiole Clear Creek Base camp CAO 22

Back at Clear Creek Base Camp, time for treats!

Nadys partner BCPP Climb Against the Odds

Making creative posters to cheer the climbers on

Connecting with friends old and new, supporters gathered to hand draw posters for every climber. When the climbers arrive back at the bottom, we will greet them with cheers, cowbells, hugs, and the posters to celebrate their incredible journey climbing against all odds to prevent breast cancer. 

Deb Cole making a poster for the 5 NEPP Climbers CAO 22

Superstar supporter Deb Cole makes posters for the 5 New England climbers

Breast cancer survivor and former Climb Against the Odds climber herself, Deb organizes the annual New England Peaks for Prevention, collectively raising over $500K for breast cancer prevention.

Abbas Ayub Climb Against the Odds 2022 BCPP

When Abbas Ayub's friend Jenny couldn't climb, he climbed in her stead

Abbas, you inspire us all!

Jen Avery Cynthia Churchwell and Maureen Brown Hardy

New England Climbers looking strong

Jen Avery, Maureen Brown Hardy, and Cynthia Churchwell on Mount Shasta 

Patti Betts and Andy Hanshaw on Mount Shasta Climb Against the Odds 2022

On Mount Shasta: Patti Betts and Andy Hanshaw

Back at Base Camp Patti and Andy with guides JC and Hope

Back Safely at Basecamp: Patti and Andy with guides JC and Hope

6:15pm After a slow and challenging descent, we’re happy to report that everyone is back safely at base camp. There they will rest overnight before breaking camp and coming back down in the morning.

12:12pm The high point today is 13,700′ due to extreme wind conditions, reached by climbers Erika Wilhelm, Nady Bilani, Abbas Ayub (climbing on behalf of Jenny Coyle), Nancy Smith, Erin KuhlmanAndy Hanshaw, and Patti Betts. A truly impressive feat by all! All climbers are heading down. It’ll be a slow descent for the next couple of hours. We are with you every step of the way climbers, stay strong!

11:31am Sarah Reines‘ tracker checks her in at 13,432 feet. Keep on climbing Sarah!

10:25am Linda Chitwood reached her personal summit at 12,800 feet and has started to descend. Linda, our Mt. Shasta Community Climber this year, has fundraised over $32.5K that will be donated to Mercy Foundation North, a local, non-profit Mt. Shasta medical center. Wow Linda, congratulations on your climb!

Wind has picked up even more. “It’s getting real,” says Rich Meyer Alpine Guide of Shasta Mountain Guides, who is up on the mountain floating between groups. Rich has climbed with us from the beginning of Climb Against the Odds and has personally fundraised over $30K for breast cancer prevention over the years. Thank you for all of your unbelievable efforts Rich <3

10:15am Wanda Cole-Frieman and Chris Pehl have reached their personal summits at 12,800 feet and started their descent. Incredible, we are so proud and grateful for your efforts!

The wind has picked considerably up on the mountain.

9:28am Alexys D’Tiole reached her personal summit of 12,600 feet and has started her descent. Congratulations on your Alexys, you inspire us all!

9:26am Louise Mousseau reached her personal summit at 12,000 feet and has started descent. Thank you so much Louise for your incredible effort!

8:31am Shelby Thorner reached her personal summit at 12,800 feet and has started descent. Amazing Shelby, way to go!

8:10am Jen Gooch Avery, Cynthia Churchwell, and Maureen Brown Hardy checked in to say they’re at 11,700 ft and climbing!

See our Facebook & Instagram stories for more

Photos below by Rich Meyer Alpine Guide of Shasta Mountain Guides

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On Mount Shasta: Sarah Reines Heidi Hinrichs Dessa Monat Holly Morris

Climb Against the Odds 2022_Mt Shasta_BCPP_Photo by Rich Meyer

Sunrise on Mount Shasta, photo by Rich Meyer

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Sunrise at Mount Shasta as climbers ascend

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Sunrise on Mount Shasta as climbers ascend

Holly Morris and Dessa Monat Climb Against the Odds 2022

Holly Morris and daughter Dessa Monat at a rest stop

Cynthia Churchwell and Heidi Hinrichs Climb Against the Odds 2022

Cynthia Churchwell and Heidi Hinrichs at a rest stop

Climb Against the Odds 2022 Day 1

Day 1 – June 14th, 2022

The climbers departed for the trailhead around 1pm, and arrived at base camp by 4pm! They’re setting up tents and headed to snow school. See below for photos of the climbers at gear check this morning. See all photos

Here’s the current itinerary:

• June 14th – Hike to basecamp
• June 15th – Early morning summit attempt, followed by a second night at basecamp.
• June 16th – Return down the mountain.

Last night we joined together for a welcome dinner. After receiving goody bags treats and mountaineering gear, the climbers prepared prayer flags to carry up the mountain on behalf of loved ones, friends, and community members. The flags read: “The wind carries our prayers of love, healing, and remembrance. May we all be well.”

The climbers heard from a Mount Shasta Ranger and Shasta Mountain Guides to prep them for a successful climb. As we say, the summit is optional, but returning safe and sound is mandatory.

Then, climbers shared their personal reasons for climbing against the odds at our seed planting ceremony. Finally, the Board Chair Emerita Ellen Kahn told the story of the talisman originally gifted to BCPP founder Andrea Martin that we carry up the mountain every year, and entrusted it this year to climber Sarah Reines. The second talisman was given to our youngest climber on the team this year, Dessa Monat, daughter of filmmaker Holly Morris. This mother-daughter pair, Dessa and Holly, are climbing together this year.

Meet all the climbers

Gear Check

BCPP Board Member Wanda Cole Frieman at gear check

BCPP Board Member Wanda Cole Frieman

“I am climbing for my baby sister, who is fortunately a survivor but got diagnosed at 36. I’m climbing for my cousin Dale who is 10 years older than me. And most importantly I’m climbing for my grandmother, Essie Taylor.” – BCPP Board Member Wanda Cole-Frieman Her Story

Dessa Monat and Holly Morris CPP 2022 CAO Blog

Filmmaker Holly Morris with her daughter Dessa Monat

“We are climbing for my mom, Jeanne Morris, Dessa’s grandmother, who passed away this year. Jeanne was on the Mt. Aconcagua climb some years ago with Andrea Martin, so I think it’s really fitting and poignant that Dessa’s been chosen to take the talisman.” – Holly Morris at the seed planting ceremony

Clif Bar Climbers Alexys DTiole and Nady Bilani

Clif Bar sponsored climbers Alexys D'Tiole and Nady Bilani

Alexys is climbing in honor of her dear friend and basketball buddy who was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 20s and recently passed away. Nady is climbing for his brother who was diagnosed with brain cancer last September. “He’s always been a big supporter of mine, so I want to be a big supporter of him as well.”

New England Peaks for Prevention and Climb Against the Odds climber Cynthia Churchwell CAO 2022

Cynthia Churchwell, former New England Peaks for Prevention climber

“Knowledge is power. I want to inform as many people as possible how to ELIMINATE CAUSES of cancer.” – Her Story

Erika Wilhelm BCPP Marketing and Communications Director with her family and supporters CAO 2022

BCPP staff climber Erika Wilhelm with her family and supporters

“Losing my mother last year was the hardest experience of my life. Stepping in mom’s shoes to take care of my two younger sisters has been a big challenge. But I know on that mountain, with every step I take, and every exhausted breath exhaled, I will do it for them.” Her Story
CAO 2022 Patti Betts

Patti Betts, 2x climber in honor of friend Sandy

Last year, Patti climbed with Sandy, her dear friend and breast cancer survivor. This year, she climbs in Sandy’s honor alongside Sandy’s husband, Andy Hanshaw.

Erin Kuhlman Climb Against the Odds BCPP Osprey Staff Climber

Erin Kuhlman, Osprey sponsored climber

“For Erin, this experience is about creating awareness around breast cancer and how we can better protect people and the environment from its risk factors—including toxic contamination.” Her Story

Maureen Brown Hardy, former New England Peaks for Prevention climber

Hailing all the way from Seeconk, MA, Maureen said: “Everyone has been touched in some way by this devastating disease. Together, we’ll make prevention possible.”

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Welcome Dinner: BCPP Board Chair Emerita Ellen Kahn tells the talisman

Every year, two climbers are chosen to carry the talisman up Mt. Shasta. When a climber can’t carry it onward, they pass the talisman to another climber, and so on if need be, in a collective effort to bring the talisman to the summit. in climbing, as in life, we rely on each other to overcome and summit our greatest challenges.

Sandy Andy and Patti in Climb Against the Odds 2022

Welcome Dinner: Patti, Andy, and Sandy

Last year, dear friends Patti and Sandy, a breast cancer survivor, climbed Mt. Shasta together in honor of Sandy. This year, Sandy looks on while Patti and Sandy’s husband Andy climb together in her honor. 

The team is gathered at Mt. Shasta in Northern California for this 3-day climb journey.

Climb Against the Odds Team 2022

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Happy Earth Day! BCPP Spring 2022 Bulletin

Happy Earth Day! BCPP Spring 2022 Bulletin

At BCPP, earth day is every day. And we’ve been busy as ever this first quarter, protecting people and the plant from toxic chemical exposure! Check out our BCPP Bulletin for updates below and please consider making a donation to sustain our life-saving work.Read More

BCPP Spring Q1 2022 Bulletin

Happy Earth Day!

At BCPP, earth day is every day. And we’ve been busy as ever this first quarter, protecting people and the planet from toxic chemical exposure! Check out our BCPP Bulletin for updates below and please consider making a donation to sustain our life-saving work.

Safer Beauty for All Call In Day of Action April 27

Win a new Naturepedic mattress

Our partners in prevention at Naturepedic are here to hook you up! Naturepedic is passionate about providing Safe Healthy Sleep™ for the whole family. This Earth Day and for the remainder of the month, every $25 donated to BCPP, you’ll gain 1 entry to win a brand-new organic mattress (valued up to $4,299!!).  The EOS Classic Organic Mattress combines customizable comfort and organic luxury to deliver your best night’s sleep. Naturepedic has eliminated toxic materials like flame retardants, PFAS ‘forever chemicals’, and polyurethane foam from their line of certified organic natural mattresses, supporting a holistic lifestyle while protecting the environment. For every additional $25 you gift, you gain an additional entry. Give & Enter to Win Today

Safer Beauty for All Call In Day of Action April 27

SaferBeauty4All: Week of Action

We’re building momentum for our historic federal Safer Beauty Bill Package, a package of 4 bills that will 1) ban the worst ingredients, 2) disclose secret fragrance and flavor ingredients, 3) better protect women of color & salon workers, and 4) help companies get the supply chain information they need to make safer products. In January, we held two advocacy trainings: one designed for NGO leaders, community members, salon workers, nurses, breast cancer survivors, activists, and scientist spanning 16 states plus Canada, and another tailored for clean beauty companies. Starting April 25th, we will hold a week of action, enlisting the support of YOU and our NGO and business partners, to build broad-based awareness of and advocacy for the important bill package. This will include our first national Call-In Day on April 27th. Get Involved 

HBO Not So Pretty

#NotSoPretty now streaming on HBO Max 

We are thrilled that HBO Max just launched a four-episode docuseries called Not So Pretty that features BCPP’s very own Janet Nudelman.  Each episode ends with a qr code directing viewers to our action resource page! Make sure you check it out and tell a friend.

CA Bills: Get PFAS out of Textiles and Cosmetics

2 New California PFAS Bills

BCPP is continuing our leadership role to ban toxic PFAS from our everyday environment. Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of chemicals that are both toxic and highly persistent, earning them the name “forever chemicals.” They have been linked to numerous health concerns, including breast cancer, other cancers, hormone disruption, kidney and liver damage, thyroid disease, developmental toxicity, and immune system impairment. PFAS are still used in personal care and beauty products (e.g., lotions, cleansers, hair care products, and make-up) and in textiles (e.g., apparel, footwear, bedding, drapes, and upholstery).

This year, BCPP is helping lead two state legislative initiatives, the Safer Clothing and Textiles Act (AB1817) which would ban the sale in CA of any textile articles containing PFAS, and the No PFAS in Cosmetics Act (AB2771) which would ban PFAS chemicals from beauty and personal care products sold in California.

We’ve banned PFAS in firefighter foam, food packaging and kids’ products – now it’s time to get them out of the clothes we wear and the products we slather on our bodies and our babies!

BCPP 30th Birthday: Faces of Prevention

BCPP’s 30th Birthday, 30 Faces of Prevention

Happy Birthday, BCPP! 2022 marks 30 years since BCPP’s founding. All year long, we’ll be reflecting on our many victories that have shifted laws and the marketplace to better protect us and the lives of people we love. During the month of March, we celebrated 30 Faces of Prevention: 30 individuals who’ve demonstrated their commitment to breast cancer prevention over the last 30 years. We went through the archives to celebrate legacy-bearers, made sure to honor star fundraisers and Board members, highlighted our science community and celebrity endorsers, and showcased newer movers and shakers in the breast cancer prevention movement. And, with the generosity of a matching $10k gift from our longtime partner Klean Kanteen, we raised over $26,000 in honor of BCPP’s 30th anniversary. 

Outdoor Events for Breast Cancer Prevention

Above and Beyond: Ridge Hike and Sacred Treks

We are so excited to share that our annual Ridge Hike for Prevention and Sacred Treks: Patagonia concluded in a smashing success. After a 2-year hiatus, Ridge Hike organizer and breast cancer survivor Caroline White convened with her team to hold our first springtime Ridge Hike. Over 260 Danville residents gathered for the local event and raised $180,000 and counting for prevention. On the other side of the equator, longtime BCPP supporter and owner of Cattara Adventures with Insight Cathy Ann Taylor led an adventurous group of 10 through the hills of Patagonia. The small but mighty team also surpassed their fundraising goals, raising over $86,000 for prevention. We celebrate these trail heroes and partners in prevention!

Curious about what’s next for our outdoor explorers? Save the date for our annual New England Peaks for Prevention, September 9-11 and Peak Hike, October 15. Events 

Burger King

Burger King Victory

Fast food giants like Burger King use toxic PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals in food wrappers to make them grease-resistant—and when people eat food contaminated with PFAS, they absorb these harmful chemicals. This past quarter, we celebrated the victory of the Burger King campaign in conjunction with our partners at Mind the Store. Thanks to your support and letters to Burger King, Burger King will phase out PFAS from its packaging worldwide by the end of 2025.

Diet and Nutrition

Healthy Living Tips from a Scientist

Did you catch the new blog by Dr. Elisa V. Bandera, MD, PhD on Diet, Nutrition and Breast Cancer? “The good news is that this healthy lifestyle can prevent not only cancer but other chronic diseases and promote healthier aging. It is our best investment for our future selves and our families.” Read the Blog

Dr. Sharima Rasanayagam

Saying Farewell to Dr. Rasanayagam, BCPP’s Director of Science

10 years ago, Dr. Sharima Rasanayagam, Ph.D., joined BCPP as our founding Director of Science. For over a decade, she spearheaded BCPP’s science efforts, ensuring that all of BCPP’s activities were backed by credible, peer-reviewed science. In addition to the publication of the historic Paths to Prevention, we celebrate many other achievements during Sharima’s tenure with BCPP. It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye – but we are thrilled for her new chapter, joining the California Breast Cancer Research Program at UCOP as the Program Officer on Environmental Health and Policy Science. While this new position is not with BCPP, Sharima will continue to work with all of us to implement our shared vision for a future without preventable breast cancer. Read More

To both replace and build our staff, BCPP is seeking to hire not only a new Director of Science, but also a Senior Engagement & Partnerships Manager and Senior Organizing Manager. We’re Hiring! 

 

As always, thank you for your generous support in BCPP’s efforts to reduce toxic exposures linked to breast cancer. Donate


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