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Personal Care Products

Not sure what this topic is about? Watch this short cartoon-video about toxins in personal care products: The Story of Cosmetics with Annie Leonard.

 

NEWS

 

BACKGROUND

Cosmetics

Soaps

Sunscreen

Fragrances

Baby Care

 

INGREDIENTS TO AVOID

[print out the PEIEHC Wallet Card with a convenient list of these ingredients and simple advice for choosing healthier products! (PDF)]

  • Fragrances - irritants, asthma triggers, affect CNS, suspected carcinogens
  • Phthalates - sometimes listed as DPB, DEP; often included in “fragrance” - toxicants
  • ingredients that contain paraben or ingredients that end with paraben - toxicants
  • ingredients that include "xynol" "cetereath" "oleth" or end with "eth" - toxicants
  • ingredients that include "toluene" - neurotoxin, carcinogenic, developmental toxin
  • PEGs [polyethylene glycol] - e.g. PEG-7; higher # = bit less problematic, e.g. PEG-200
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone/methylisothiaolinone - immune system/skin toxicant
  • DMDM hydantoin - immune system/skin toxicant
  • Cocamide MEA - may contain nitrosamines=CNS/immune toxicant, potential carcinogen
  • Lead - never listed but found in some lipsticks, face paints etc., especially reds
  • Ammonium/Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - irritant
  • Ammonium/Sodium Laureth Sulfate - irritant, contaminated with carcinogens
  • Colourings/dyes - unnecessary and harmful, especially Yellow #10
  • Silica, talc and other fine particulate ingredients

Ingredients to avoid for babies and young children (Skin Deep)

 

Programmed to be Fat? Controversial new science is raising suspicion that chemicals in the environment may be programming us to be fat. (The Nature of Things CBC, 12 Jan 2012)

 

Lousy Labels - Marketplace takes a closer look at some of the green labelling on personal care products. We discover that many of those natural and organic labels are often misleading or exaggerating their claims. (Marketplace CBC, 18 Mar 2011)

 

ALTERNATIVES

  • use any product as little as possible
  • avoid fragrances if possible (=avoids many other nasty ingredients also)
  • choose products where fragrance is further down on the list
  • choose products with the shortest ingredient lists
  • don’t believe the advertisements blindly!
    • A pink ribbon logo on a deodorant does not mean that the product is healthy for you!
    • Products always advertise their least harmful ingredient - check “active ingredients”

 

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Food & Drink

NEWS

 

BACKGROUND

Drinking water:

For more info on BPA, click here!

Watch "The Story of Bottled Water" (link to video)

 

 

 

Toxic chemicals in food:

 

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Cleaning Products

News


Home Cleaning Supplies

 

Commercial Cleaning Supplies

Watch the Bubbles Video for a humorous take on what happens when you clean your bath tub!

 

 

 

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Clothing, Shoes & Textiles

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Plastics

Background

 

BPA (Bisphenol-A)

 

Phthalates

 

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Furniture

NEWS


How to avoid toxins in your home

 

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