Advocacy Campaigns

Our advocacy campaigns and petitions have helped give moms and children’s health activists everywhere a sounding board to be heard, while raising awareness aroundgreenwashing and lack of corporate transparency. Here are some of our recent campaignsand accomplishments:

Current: Kellogg’s Fruit Flavored Snacks

Most recently, we have teamed up with health and wellness experts, Erica Reid and LathamThomas, to petition Kellogg’s to remove artificial food dyes from children’s fruit snacks.Some studies link the consumption of artificial food dyes to behavioral problems in kids,and even cancer. With the petition growing to more than 120,000 signatures, we hope toleverage the power of our community to encourage Kellogg’s to take children’s health moreseriously. Click here to learn more and sign our petition!

2023: Graco Children’s Products, Inc.

One of the nation’s largest children’s product manufacturers, Graco sells nearly 1 out ofevery 3 baby gear products in the U.S. Child health advocates had been urging Graco toeliminate the use of toxic chemicals since 2008, when the Ecology Center first startedtesting products for their consumer database, Graco finally committed toban and monitor four chlorinated Tris — three of which are carcinogens or suspectedcarcinogens —in part due to a petition started by Healthy Child parent ambassador, SaraSnow.

2023: Procter & Gamble, Tide Free & Gentle®

Healthy Child teamed up with Women’s Voices for the Earth and our Parent Ambassador, Lori Popkewitz Alper, to ask Procter & Gamble to eliminate 1,4-dioxane from their Tide Free & Gentle® laundry detergent. Though 1,4-dioxane is a known carcinogen, the laundry detergent is marketed to moms as a healthier choice for their children’s laundry. The campaign saw a victory on January 24, 2023, when Procter & Gamble agreed in court to significantly reduce the levels of the chemical 1,4 dioxane in its laundry products. To learn more, read the press release here. 

2011-2023: Campbell’s Soup Company

In collaboration with the Breast Cancer Fund, we pushed Campbell’s Soup Company tophase out bisphenol A (BPA) from their cans. BPA has been linked to breast and prostatecancer, infertility, early puberty in girls, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD). Nearly 20,000 people signed our petition and another 70,000 sent letters toCampbell’s CEO thanks to Breast Cancer Fund’s Cans Not Cancer campaign.

2011: Johnson & Johnson

Healthy Child worked with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to rally parents and pressureJohnson & Johnson to eliminate cancer-causing chemicals from their products formulatedfor babies. As a result, the company committed to phasing out 1,4-dioxane andquanternium-15, both of which release formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and triclosan, an antibacterial that may harm the immune system.