This is a term seen in our popular culture and simply means to eliminate toxic products that pollute our bodies or the environment that also are environmentally friendly, non- toxic and renewable supply.
Greenwashing - Study's Highlights
Many 'Go Green' products are not really green or as safe as you think!
A first-of-its-kind, peer-reviewed study published in Environmental Health Perspectives reveals an alarming number of unlabeled chemicals of concern in commonly used household and personal care products. The study was the largest investigation that actually tested the products themselves for the presence of many suspect chemicals. The study was funded by Silent Spring Institute, which had 213 consumer products (in 50 categories) independently tested by Battelle Labs in Ohio for 66 specific chemicals associated with either hormone disruptors that raise concerns for breast cancer, growth and reproduction, as well as chemicals associated with asthma.
Cleaning can be risky and/or deadly
The study included both conventional products, such as Windex original glass cleaner and Irish Spring deodorant soap, as well as “alternative” products marketed as containing safer ingredients than their conventional counterparts, such as Seventh Generation Free and Clear natural glass and surface cleaner and Tom’s of Maine natural moisturizing body bar.
Lab tests detected 55 chemicals of concern–including parabens, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), antimicrobials, cyclosiloxanes, glycol ethers, and fragrances–in the conventional product samples tested and also found 41 concerning chemical compounds in all but 11 alternative products.
Very few of these chemicals were included on product labels. (see next page for more results) On this site we feature - Real Green Essentials for your home, body, teeth, hair, face and even pets!
“The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” - Albert Einstein
Common Household Chemicals - Illness and Disease in Everyday Products -- Of chemicals found in homes- 150 have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities. The Typical home contains over 63 hazardous products that together contain hundreds of different chemicals- no testing was done to determine the safety of the combination.
Study Highlights Hidden Dangers In Everyday Products -- Even The "Green" Ones - known as "GREENWASHING" findings summarized below: From Silent Spring site:
"Take one type of chemical measured in the study called phthalates. They help fragrance last longer. And cleaning products that want to be competitive need fragrance``, says Maria Bailey with Marketing to Moms.
Maria Bailey: One of the things that women purchase products based on is the fact that they work. Companies have convinced us that strong odor and a good smell is a sign of clean. Companies imply a lot about what's in their cleaning products, she says, with words like "natural," "free" or "clear" that don't necessarily mean anything. Scot Case at UL Environment says companies need transparency and better labels.
Scot Case: Don't let the consumer decide what's green. Actually look to the experts who've put together definitions and certifications to make it easier.
In its release of the study, Silent Spring Institute cited the following findings as particularly important:
1. Vinyl products, such as shower curtains and pillow protectors, contain more than 10% by weight of the phthalate DEHP, an endocrine disruptor (anti-androgen) that has also been associated with increased respiratory symptoms in some studies.
2. Fragranced products – including air fresheners, dryer sheets, and perfume – and sunscreens had the largest number of target chemicals and some of the highest concentrations. Fragrances can trigger asthma and some have been shown to mimic estrogen, including making breast cancer cells grow in laboratory studies.
3. In addition to the labeled ingredients, alternative sunscreens contained up to 7 target chemicals that were unlabeled, including estrogenic UV filters. The alternative sunscreen with the highest number of target chemicals was a product marketed for babies, children and sensitive adults. (Find Natural - Egyptian sunscreen here)
4. A consumer who used the tested alternative surface cleaner, tub and tile cleaner, laundry detergent, bar soap, shampoo and conditioner, facial cleanser and lotion, and toothpaste would be exposed to 19 of the target compounds.
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More Toxin Awareness
'How A Clean Home Can Kill You - Hidden Toxins Galore' is the title of a UK article By William Peakin The Observer http://www.observer.co.uk
As William Peakin reports: Fewer than a quarter of the 70,000 chemicals used in toiletries and cleaning products have been subjected to a full safety investigation, while others, officially classed as hazardous waste, are frequently found in products from baby lotion to eye drops and cleaning fluids, according to Pat Thomas, author of Cleaning Yourself to Death.
Thomas found high levels of sodium lauryl sulphate, a harsh detergent commonly used as an engine degreaser, in toothpastes, shampoos and cleansers. One of the most dangerous chemicals Thomas found was nitrosamine, a carcinogenic commonly used in baby and body lotions, facial moisturizers and shampoos.
“In the 1970s nitrosamine contamination of bacon and other cured meat became a worldwide public health issue,” she said. “A typical portion of bacon will now contain a single microgram of nitrosamine. The amount of nitrosamine that could be absorbed from a single dose of shampoo, on the other hand, is often 100 times that.” And yet how many people are even aware of this!
Another article "Women who work in the home are at a 54% higher risk of developing cancer than career women, says Michael Dufresne, a leading researcher in environmental cancers."
As revealed from the CBC program on Marketplace, women are exposed to an onslaught of household chemicals.
Guide to Safer products
First of all, if you reached this far on the site, I commend you for caring enough about your self and your home that you took the time to look and read about these products. If you are like most people with a busy schedule and family life, it takes a lot of energy and time to sit down and dive in. Obviously- you are interested to make a difference and invested in the safety and wellbeing of your family and home.
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