SAEtO, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, aims to harness the energy of young people to fight for the ban of Ethylene Oxide, a class one carcinogen, especially near schools and residential areas. We help students advocate for their schools and communities through education about the harms of ETO and inadequate government regulations, and by encouraging political activism and participation in the legislative and administrative process governing industry players. We achieve our mission through student letter writing campaigns, community protests and participation in meetings with government officials. SAEtO also sponsers ETO-Free which was launched in the Spring of 2020.
SAEtO was founded in the fall of 2018 by two sisters in Hinsdale, Illinois. Concerned by high ETO emissions and high cancer rates near their school, Catherine and Alexandra Collins started the student advocacy group with the aim of spreading awareness and student involvement to protect the air around them from pollution by a nearby ETO emitter. We decided to bring light to the problem in our backyard by talking to students and providing a platform for them to write government officials at all levels to protect us from harmful ETO emissions. We’re using this momentum to empower students at other high schools to speak up for clean air and against cancer-causing ETO.