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,, TEDX (, 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.