With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see including our famous speaker panels. If you preregister for the speakers you will earn extra raffle tickets. You also earn them by attending any of our entertainment sessions! Just email us and you will receive tickets at the door! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
1. Tell us about your business/non profit and how it benefits local families?
Silent Spring Institute is a mission-driven scientific research organization dedicated to uncovering the environmental causes of breast cancer. Our independent research is empowering a revolution in environmental health to prevent cancers by reducing people’s exposure to harmful chemicals where they live, work and play. We believe everyone has a right to clean air, clean water, and safer products and that no one should get sick from toxic chemicals. We are creating new knowledge about cancer-causing chemicals—how we are exposed and how they affect our health. Our work is strengthening policies to protect consumers from toxics while making prevention a national research priority. Together with our sister organization Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, we work to update Cape Cod residents on our water quality and public health research findings.
2. Where is it located?
Silent Spring Institute’s main office is located in Newton, MA, but our Cape Coordinator is based in Barnstable, and members of our research team are often on the Cape for field sampling and to attend community events.
3. What is your favorite thing about our community?
We are so inspired by the dedication of Cape residents to protecting water quality and preserving the beautiful natural resources that make Cape Cod so special.
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
We are a resource for all Cape residents and often give presentations to community organizations and attend community events to share our research findings about water quality and ways of reducing your exposure to toxic chemicals.
5. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
We have heard from families and family support providers that housing costs and availability are a great challenge facing parents in our community.
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
We’re grateful to all the Cape residents who have taken part in our research studies over the years by sharing information about their health and welcoming our research team into their homes to collect samples of house dust, drinking water, and even their septic systems. Our research wouldn’t be possible without the support of so many people here on Cape Cod.
7. What advice would you give parents and caregivers in our community?
Get educated! Consumer products that we use every day can contain toxic chemicals, such as BPA (and other bisphenols) in can liners and plastic bottles, parabens and harmful fragrance chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products, and PFAS chemicals in food packaging materials, Teflon pans, and stain-resistant and waterproof clothing. Our free mobile app, Detox Me, provides practical tips for how to keep you and your family safe from harmful chemicals in everyday consumer products. Download our app on the Apple app store or Google Play for free to learn more!
8. Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know about?
We host an annual community event every fall to share updates about Silent Spring Institute’s research at the Barnstable Town Hall with Cape residents. And stay tuned for other updates about STEEP, PFAS-REACH, and our other water and health research on Cape Cod.
Cape Cod Moms