Brands

Brand Support

Brand Support

Thank you to the following companies for your support of the mission of Protect Our Breasts.
Each of these companies has at least one product that has passed our vetting process. We are so appreciative of their donations.
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Safer Alternative Review Process

Safer Alternative Review Process

Protect Our Breasts has established a “safer alternative” review process based on established certification standards (below) for products.  And, for packaging, we ask brands to commit to working with their supplier to get a signed adherence affidavit that indicates the absence of certain chemicals used to make the container that appear on a substance list provided by the Institute of Packaging Professionals’ Food Safety Alliance for Packaging (FSAP).

As our advisers continue to remind us, there is currently no way to confirm whether a product is safe for everyone. New science emerges every day. Benign chemicals may be combined in manufacturing to create unsafe results.  The best we can do is to choose  “SAFER alternative” products.  Many products clearly contain chemicals of concern.   We encourage avoiding those chemicals whenever possible by reading ingredient labels. This is not always easy, as in the case of “fragrance” a hidden catch-all for many concerning chemicals, especially phthalates.

The best available certifications to date to avoid some of these chemicals of concern are our baseline for ingredients and products:

Our POB Executive Director and National Executive Board researchers review peer-reviewed journal articles (from PubMed) and information from science-based sources such as Environmental Health News, HEEDS.org, TEDX (Endocrinedisruption.org), and Silent Spring Institute to identify chemicals of concern and share the information with our chapters and social media followers.

Trying to find and advise on safer choices is truly a difficult task but one that is important for our future health.  Our advisers help us determine credible sources and concept questions, but in no way do they have the testing capacity to determine if a product is “safe.” This is why you will find we refer to products as “safer” – never safe.

Protect Our Breasts is dedicated to transparency and authenticity. While we cannot suggest a product is safe, we will work towards a safer marketplace by highlighting those products with baseline certification and a commitment to safer packaging.

What does it mean to make a commitment to safer packaging?

After one year of working with brands on the FSAP restricted substance list, we have come to learn the packaging supply chain is challenged to create green or safer packaging chemicals, restricting brands ability to improve. To ensure those companies that are working towards safer options are supported and encouraged, we ask brands to sign an annual commitment to make progress on meeting the POB FSAP guidelines.

Pink Ribbon

Why Aren’t We Pink?

While we encourage awareness of the disease, neither the color nor the ribbon verifies products free of breast cancer contributing chemicals.

Safer Packaging

Safer Packaging

Protect Our Breast’s Safer Packaging Initiative is a springboard for discussion with both brands and suppliers around carcinogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals that migrate into products from packaging. Our goal is to encourage brands to adopt safer packaging alternatives to prevent breast cancer and other related diseases.

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We know safer alternatives are difficult to source, so we suggest those in the packaging supply chain open the conversation. We challenge companies to know the chemical makeup of their packaging with help from their suppliers.

Companies who partner with Protect Our Breasts sign a Safer Packaging Commitment Form to commit to working on Safer Packaging over the next year in an attempt to sign an affidavit declaring none of the chemicals of concern listed in Food Packaging Product Stewardship Considerations from the Food Safety Alliance for Packaging/Institute of Packaging Professionals have been used in packaging of their products. We will check in with your company after 6 months to offer support and to see what kinds of progress you have made. Change takes time and effort, so our challenge to brands is to commit to investigate their packaging; move towards safer packaging choices; and report progress.

Why is it important to remove these chemicals of concern from the marketplace? Chemicals can leach directly from the packaging into the food/product, being transferred to our bodies through ingestion, inhalation, and dermal absorption. Many of these chemicals are endocrine disrupting chemicals, which means they can mimic a natural hormone, causing a disruption in the endocrine system, leading to a potential future cancer diagnosis or hormone-related disease.

YOU can play a part in demanding safer packaging.

As a part of our Safer Packaging Initiative, Protect Our Breasts runs a Safer Packaging Facebook page where articles are posted regarding any recent packaging news/updates!

Check it out and give us a follow! https://www.facebook.com/saferpackaging

Safer Packaging Commitment 

FSAP & Affidavit