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Annie Leonard
Annie Leonard

As the writer and host of The Story of Stuff, Annie has inspired millions to work toward a sustainable future.

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  • General Public Health


    Walmart and Target Adopt Safe Chemical Policies

    In decisions that sent shockwaves through the marketplace, retailers Walmart and Target adopted chemical policies to ensure cosmetics and cleaning products on store shelves are made with safe chemicals. While each retailer is taking a different approach to defining what makes a product safe, both Walmart and Target attribute their actions to growing consumer demand for safer products.

  • General Public Health


    Tracking Our Environmental Health

    The Breast Cancer Fund works with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Louise Slaughter to introduce legislation that would help scientists understand the links between environmental pollution and diseases like breast cancer. The Coordinated Environmental Public Health Network Act, introduced in the House in July, would create a national program to combine data from disease registries, environmental pollution reporting, and biomonitoring programs.

  • Cosmetics

    The Story of Cosmetics

    The Story of Cosmetics

    The Story of Cosmetics, a 7-minute film exposing the ugly truth about toxic chemicals in cosmetics, reaches hundreds of thousands of people in its first weeks online. The film, from Annie Leonard's Story of Stuff Project and the Breast Cancer Fund's Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, sparks consumer awareness and draws worldwide attention to the newly introduced Safe Cosmetics Act.

  • General Science


    The Falling Age of Puberty Published

    The Breast Cancer Fund commissions Sandra Steingraber to write The Falling Age of Puberty in U.S. Girls: What We Know, What We Need to Know—the first comprehensive review of the literature on the timing of puberty. Early puberty is a known risk factor for breast cancer and is influenced by a combination of factors, including obesity, environmental chemicals, inactivity, premature birth, formula feeding and more. The report and its accompanying guide outline personal and political actions to reverse the trend.

  • General Public Health


    The Breast Cancer Fund Testifies before Congress on Toxic Chemical Reform

    Breast Cancer Fund staff testified before both the House of Representatives and Senate in 2013 urging Congress to overhaul current law so that pregnant women, children, workers and other vulnerable populations are protected from toxic chemical exposure that has been linked to diseases including breast cancer.

  • General Public Health


    Strong Voices Everywhere

    The Breast Cancer Fund initiates the Andrea Ravinett Martin Strong Voices Leadership Development Program. The program creates a nationwide network of individuals willing to share their stories and inspire others to take action against breast cancer, and it helps participants enhance their own leadership abilities to become advocates for breast cancer prevention.

  • General Science


    Science Journal Publishes State of the Evidence

    A peer-reviewed version of the Breast Cancer Fund's landmark report, State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment, is published in the January issue of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. It's the first time the publication has been included in a journal, and includes both the science and policy portions of the report.

  • General Public Health


    San Francisco Adopts Precautionary Principle

    The efforts of the Breast Cancer Fund and members of the Bay Area Working Group on the Precautionary Principle secure adoption of the Precautionary Principle by the City of San Francisco, establishing the first program of its kind in the United States. The Precautionary Principle affirms we should take action now to avoid possible environmental damage when the scientific evidence for acting is inconclusive but the potential damage could be great.

  • Household Products


    Safer Products in California

    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs into law two bills that give the state authority to monitor the use of chemicals in everyday products and to create a public, online database of information about these chemicals. The legislation will also design a process to evaluate and, if necessary, regulate chemicals of concern in consumer products. Environmental and public health advocates see passage of these bills as potentially transforming the way California deals with toxic chemicals.

  • Plastics


    Safe Toys in Washington

    Along with our partners in Washington's Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition, the Breast Cancer Fund supports the successful passage and signing of the Children's Safe Products Act. The law gives Washington the nation's strongest standards for three toxic chemicals – lead, cadmium and phthalates – in toys and other children's products. It also requires manufacturers to disclose whether their products contain other chemicals that are harmful to children's health.

  • Plastics


    Safe Toys in California

    California becomes the first state in the nation to protect children from toxic toys by banning dangerous chemicals called phthalates, thanks to legislation co-sponsored by the Breast Cancer Fund and Environment California and authored by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma. Signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger in October, the Toxic Toys Bill requires that all child care products and children’s toys sold in California are free of phthalates starting in January 2009. The ban is considered a model for other states.

  • Cosmetics


    Safe Cosmetics in California

    In a landmark advance for the safety of cosmetics products, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs into law the Cosmetics Safety Act of 2005. The law, sponsored by the Breast Cancer Fund, requires manufacturers to disclose to the state any product ingredient that is on state or federal lists of chemicals that cause cancer or birth defects. The law brings additional scrutiny to an industry accustomed to only minimal oversight.

  • Food


    Reducing Our BPA Exposure

    Working closely with Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Edward Markey, the Breast Cancer Fund helps to introduce a bill that would ban the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from all food and beverage containers. The Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2009 is introduced in March. Throughout 2009, the Breast Cancer Fund helps lead efforts to convince manufacturers to stop using BPA, educate the public about its risks, and craft strong legislative protections for American families.

  • General Public Health


    Pure Prevention Campaign

    In partnership with our strategic corporate partner LUNA, the Breast Cancer Fund launches the Pure Prevention campaign, aimed at inspiring women to ask, act and live to reduce their risk of breast cancer. The campaign introduces the concept of environmental links to breast cancer by focusing on five simple tips for healthier living, including creating a healthy home, eating smart, choosing safe cosmetics, getting outside and joining the Pure Prevention campaign.

  • General Public Health


    Precautionary Purchasing in San Francisco

    Seeking to prevent harm before it happens, the City of San Francisco passes a groundbreaking Precautionary Principle Purchasing Ordinance, which requires the city to weigh the environmental and health costs of its $600 million in annual purchases – for everything from cleaning supplies to computers. The Breast Cancer Fund, as part of the Bay Area Working Group on the Precautionary Principle, helps bring this to fruition.

  • Cosmetics


    No More Toxic Tub

    Our Campaign for Safe Cosmetics uncovers two chemicals linked to cancer — formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane — hiding in popular baby shampoos and other products for kids. In March, we release a report, No More Toxic Tub, that prompts an international outcry and hundreds of articles worldwide. In direct response to the report, Sen. Kristin Gillibrand introduces the Safe Baby Products Act, which directs the FDA to investigate and regulate hazardous contaminants in children's personal care products.

  • Health Care


    Medical Radiation Safety in California

    California signs into law a medical radiation safety bill sponsored by the Breast Cancer Fund. The law establishes quality and testing standards to make sure that patients receive the lowest possible dose of radiation without compromising image quality.

  • Cosmetics


    Major Cosmetics Makers Agree to Reformulate

    As a founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the Breast Cancer Fund targets manufacturers that use known or suspected carcinogens and toxins in personal care products. Two industry leaders, L'Oreal and Revlon, take a first step by agreeing to reformulate globally to comply with European Union safety standards for cosmetics. More than 200 companies go several steps further by signing the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a pledge to remove chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, reproductive harm and other health effects from their products.

  • General Science

    Johnson & Johnson

    J&J Commits to Safer Cosmetics Worldwide

    Together with our partners in the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, we convinced Johnson & Johnson to agree to phase out chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems from its baby and adult cosmetics products in 57 countries around the world by 2015.

    J&J's commitment includes all of the company's brands, including Aveeno, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear and, of course, the iconic Johnson's Baby Shampoo.

  • General Public Health


    Health-Tracking Bill Introduced

    The Breast Cancer Fund supports the introduction of The Coordinated Environmental Public Health Network Act of 2007, introduced by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in the House and Senator Hillary Clinton in the Senate. This groundbreaking bill would examine the links between Americans' health and their exposure to environmental contaminants and increase funding for biomonitoring programs, which measure the "pollution in people," allowing greater understanding of how chemicals affect health.