The Vida Verde Women's Co-Op: Brazilian immigrants organizing to promote environmental and social justice.
Gute-DM; Siqueira-E; Goldberg-JS; Galv„o-H; Chianelli-M; Pirie-A
Am J Ind Med 2009 Nov; 99(Suppl 3):S495-S498
We reviewed the key steps in the launch of the Vida Verde Women's Co-Op among Brazilian immigrant housecleaners in Somerville, MA. The co-op provides green housecleaning products, encourages healthy work practices, and promotes a sense of community among its members. We conducted in-depth interviews with 8 of the first co-op members, who reported a reduction in symptoms associated with the use of traditional cleaning agents and a new sense of mutual support. Critical to the co-op's success have been the supportive roles of its academic partners (Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell), effective media outreach, and a focus on advancing social justice. Next steps include implementing a formal business plan and assessing the appropriateness of cooperatives in other industries.
Chemical-properties; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-health; Organic-chemicals; Sociological-factors; Standards; Training; Women; Work-environment; Worker-health; Workplace-studies
Dr David M. Gute, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University School of Engineering, 200 College Ave, Medford, MA 02155
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts