It feels wonderful to run a sink full of hot water and watch the dish detergent create mounds of bubbly suds. The dishes get that squeaky clean that everyone loves. When you are scrubbing yet another pile of dishes, do you ever ponder what kind of ingredients is in your dish detergent? The answers may shock you.
Dish soap has strong chemicals to loosen baked-on food and grease. The main ingredient in most brands is sodium laurel sulfate, or SLS. This ingredient gives the sudsing action we want. It is commonly used in cleaning and hygiene products. While some companies point out that SLS comes from coconuts, it can be vulnerable to contamination by chemicals that are carcinogenic. Continue reading
As a parent, your number one concern is keeping your children safe. It is challenging enough to protect your children from everyday hazards you can see and hear, but what about unseen dangers that could be present without you knowing?
Flame retardants are used in numerous household items. Couches, mattresses, and kids’ pajamas all potentially contain flame retardant chemicals. Flame retardant chemicals are used to prevent and delay the spread of fire so that an escape can be made. Unfortunately, the chemicals that are supposed to help protect you are actually causing harm.
A recently published study by scientists at Duke University showed that levels of flame retardant, cancer-causing chemicals are increasing in adults and children in the U.S. Children are particularly at risk because they breathe in more of the chemicals released via dust and other small particles from furniture or other sources in relation to their body weight, versus adults. Continue reading
As a parent we change diapers up to five times daily for our little ones. The disposable diaper is definitely a super invention. But, have you ever thought about how a diaper actually works? And, which substances are actually in there?
A diaper basically consists of 3 layers. There is the inner layer touching the baby’s skin. It is often made from polypropylene (petroleum based) with some added aloe vera and vitamin E.
In the middle there is a the absorbent core. The urine is distributed and absorbent by a core from wood pulp and finally locked in the superabsorber material usually made of sodium polyacrylate. This can be observed well on a full diaper.
For the production of this superabsorbent, petroleum is used. For the 12 grams (about half an ounce) of superabsorbent in a diaper, 5 grams of petroleum are needed. Continue reading
Flame retardants are found in a variety of products. You can find them in your mattresses, your couch, even in breastfeeding pillows, strollers, car seats, and even kids pajamas. Studies found that flame retardants are even contained in over a hundred children products.
The chemical industry claims that flame retardants are safe, good for the environment and they protect against fire. However, the benefits of these chemicals come with an uncalculated health risk: Flame retardants are linked to cancers, neurological deficits, and hormone disruption Source: US environmental protection agency.
Furthermore experiments show that they do not work as promised. Especially in upholstery and mattresses, the flame retardants are often only applied to the foam, not the textile that surrounds it. Experiments show that in this case as soon as the textile is ignited the flame retardants can’t protect the product to completely go on fire. They only produce a toxic smoke and carbon monoxide. Continue reading
There are a lot of chemicals in laundry detergent products that pollute the environment. Most of the detergents also use fragrances, which can be problematic for allergy sufferers. In this article we look at the most important chemicals and their impact on humans and the environment and introduce brands who offer alternatives to conventional laundry detergents.
Unlike in cosmetics or food, the label of a garment does not say which substances are contained in the fiber. Many chemical substances are used in the manufacturing process of textiles before they end up in the wardrobe. So it is much harder to identify chemical free baby clothes which ideally derive from a non toxic manufacturing process.
Among the chemicals are a number of substances that are harmful to the environment and the health of babies and toddlers, even in the smallest quantities. However, most substances are not an immediate threat to your child, but the manufacturing process is often a massive problem for the environment and the workers who come into contact with these substances. Above all, the precious resource water is polluted with the toxic substances from the textile factories.
This may be a problem for the countries of production, but the pollutants from textile production in China, Bangladesh, Indonesia or Mexico are spread around the world by watercourses and air currents. Through food, air and drinking water, they also reach the human organism in our latitudes.
In this article, we will present you the most harmful substances you should look out for when buying baby clothing and provide you with a list of brands that guarantee a harmless production of baby clothes with minimal impact on the environment.
Everyone wants to keep their house clean, but if you use the type of regular household cleaners that you buy in the supermarket, you could actually be doing more harm than good. These popular cleaners contain problematic ingredients such as ammonia, which could be harmful to your children and pets. Ammonia is irritating to their lungs, and because of their small size they receive a greater exposure than adults. These cleaners also get into the environment. Therefore, it is safer to use chemical-free cleaning products.
In fact, regular cleaning products contain a number of harmful ingredients that are best avoided. Yet we use these products without even thinking about it. Look at the ingredients list on your shampoo, cleaning products, and laundry detergent, or dish soap and you will find many that give cause for concern. They are extremely common, yet are often a problem for the environment and for us. Continue reading
Whether in food packaging, CDs, toys, thermal paper receipts or plastic water bottles or jugs, it is hard to escape the contact with the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA). The European Agency for Food Safety (EFSA) adopted recently a new risk assessment of the substance and significantly reduced the limit for daily use. EFSA reduced the originally recommended daily intake of 50 micrograms per kilogram of body weight down to only 4 micrograms.
The French Food Safety Authority banned the use of the chemical BPA in food packaging all together. Across the EU the production of plastic baby bottles with bisphenol A has been prohibited since March 2011. The FDA however has a different view: Continue reading
One of the ways is to become more eco-friendly and responsible is recycling or processing used materials into new products. Today, books are now printed on recycled paper, Fleece Sweaters are made of recycled plastics and the Lithium in old batteries can be used for new batteries.
But how about Housing? More and more people make use of old shipping containers for building eco-friendly houses. In this case we can even call it Up-Cycling. Continue reading