Major progress in removing toxic chemicals from consumer products

Great news heard this morning on CBS.

Noting that Johnson & Johnson recognizes the toxic chemicals in their products and have stated they will remove them from all their products by 2015.

So relieved to see they have admitted it and will have toxic chemicals removed from Baby products by 2013 and the rest of their products by 2015.

We have tolerated (most likely without full knowledge or disclosure) these chemicals because of synthetics having a lower price tag.

In order for us to use non-toxic shampoo, soap, moisturizers etc, we have to up the ante and pay more for safety.

What is right with this picture?  What is wrong with this picture.

We call ourselves ‘mitigatetoxins’ on Twitter for a reason.

Joy to J&J now hoping the rest of the industry follows suit.

Play it safe!

Children are curious but they are also more sensitive to substances in the environment.

Protect children from accidental poisoning by locking up your household cleaners, pesticides, paint thinners, and other substances.

Household products are safe and effective when used properly. (yet most of them quite toxic)

Remember to read the label.

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Want more tips? Visit EPA’s Earth Day site to learn more about Earth Day, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and what you can do to help protect human health and the environment.  http://www.epa.gov/earthday/tips2.htm
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Melaleuca tree

There are a multitude of non-toxic and non-caustic cleaning products available on the market.  We found the tea tree oil based Melaleuca products to work the absolute best without spending more.

Another BENEFIT of the Melaleuca products is that those engineered with the tea tree oil are magnified with safety! 

The tea tree oil is the strongest naturally occurring cleaning, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral substance known to man. That natural power goes a very long way to living in a safer environment!

Reducing pollutants into our waterways is not thought of typically; this is yet another benefit of these products!

Can’t put a price on our Children’s safety but it sure is nice when we don’t have to go over budget for that safety!!!

CSea Perkins

A Chemical Reaction movie

A Chemical Reaction, is a documentary movie that tells the story of one of the most powerful and effective community initiatives in the history of North America.

It started with one lone voice in 1984.  Dr. June Irwin, a dermatologist, noticed a connection between her patients’ health conditions and their exposure to chemical pesticides and herbicides.

With relentless persistence she brought her concerns to town meetings to warn her fellow citizens that the chemicals they were putting on their lawns posed severe health risks and had unknown side effects on the environment.

Read more…

The Dirty Dozen Toxins

http://www.thegreenguide.com/health-safety/dirty-dozen-decoder

This is an interactive tool provided by National Geographic to better understand the chemicals in our daily products.

When you go to the link above, select any of  12 toxins for more education.

7 Frightening Signs Harmful Chemicals

Get your head out of the clouds and back to reality.

Harmful toxic chemicals are seriously impacting your immune system.

One very safe and highly recommended alternative for the past 25 years is http://optimum.nontoxichomes.info

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by Christine Lepisto, Berlin on 2.11.10


Image: Capture Queen

Moisturizing cleanser. Gorgeous hair — voluminous or silky, curly or straight, maybe even colored; a little primping with product to get it just right. Cover up that bit of a blemish. A delicate scent. If you are of the female persuasion, add on shiny eyes, glossy lips, a bit of a blush. Ready to conquer the world!

On average, people expose themselves to a cocktail of 130 chemicals every day, many of them in the products that constitute our beauty regimes. Even if you stick strictly to natural products, you are still exposed to powerful plant-derived chemicals that nature never intended for use in soaps, shampoos, or shadow. Here are seven signs that might indicate your beauty regime is beastly.

1. Pimples

Image: Squeezing only makes them angrier, by slopjop

Comedogenic. Sounds like someone good at making you laugh, doesn’t it? Unbelievably, this fancy medical word means acne-causing. And chemicals in your beauty products may be comedogenic.

What??! The products I am using to hide a little blemish are causing more of them? It’s true. You would be surprised at the ingredients which rank as highly comedogenic. Natural ingredients like algal extracts, cocoa butter, or wheat germ oil are examples. And, of course, the stuff with the scary chemical names like butyl stearate, PEG 75 lanolin, and sodium lauryl sulfate make the list too.

Bottom line: if you think you have too many zits, use a natural acne treatment or look for products labeled non-comedogenic. Or Google full lists of comedogenic ingredients to avoid.

2. Allergic Reaction

Image: Allergy Patch Test, by ejhogbin

Here are a few beauty statistics to think about:

  • Skin allergies are the second most common allergic reactions, after rhinitis (the snuffly, sneezy allergies).
  • Atopic dermatitis — often allergy related — is one of the most common skin diseases, with prevalence between 9 and 30 percent.
  • Americans make 7 million visits per year to discuss skin conditions with their health care provider.

Allergic rashes rarely occur the first time you use a product. The chemicals that cause allergic rashes are called “sensitizers” because a person has to become sensitized before the allergic effect is seen. Because of this delay, sufferers often have to submit to annoying “patch testing” (image) in which small dots of various chemicals are taped to the skin for a period of time. Fragrances and preservatives are common culprits. Then: good luck finding the causative agents on product labels so you can avoid them. Sites like EWG’s Skin Deep can help you avoid becoming sensitized to begin with, or avoid trigger products if it’s too late.

3. Irritation

Image: Irritated Eye, by titanas

Chemicals commonly cause irritation, which is simply redness, swelling and pain that occurs on contact. Toxicologists rank the degree of irritation by measuring how long contact is required to induce swelling, judging the severity of effects (for example how much corneal opacity or iritis or redness occurs), and watching how long it takes before the situation returns to normal. Unlike allergic reactions, irritation tends to be relatively consistent for all people. Therefore, beauty product manufacturers are careful to avoid using irritants in their products which have uses likely to trigger irritation. But if some shampoo leaks into the corner of your eye, you will soon know if irritants are in the mix. The best thing is to rinse an irritated spot with water for as long as you have the patience (15 minutes is recommended by experts) and avoid rubbing.

4. The Mice Got Sick

Image: Mouse, by Denn

Even if your beauty product claims “animal testing-free”, the ingredients have most likely been tested. Come on now, do you really think it would be responsible for a company to sell stuff for us to put on our skin if it is not believed to be safe? But here is a dirty secret: Quite often, only the target information is really used.

For example, if a chemical is tested as an irritant, observations that the test animals acted drowsy or suffered enlarged livers, may be neglected, buried in wordy and complex reports, or far too expensive to follow up on. Luckily, this is changing, as more companies realize their responsibilities in the matter. And companies like Wal-mart are leading the charge to get that information into the hands of consumers in a usable form, such as a Green Index.

5. Dizziness

Image: Dizzy, by Alasis

That nail polish remover going straight to your head? Dizziness is your brain’s way of telling you that toxins are attacking. At least it provides some warning signal: Those chemicals that are entering your bloodstream may not stop at making your head spin. Chemicals like acetone, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, or ethyl acetate in your nail care regime can cause cancer or birth defects. Anything that makes you dizzy will have to be sorted out by your liver and kidneys, potentially doing damage there as well.

6. Blood, Sweat and Tears

Image: Blood Test, by Thirteen of Clubs

Chemicals in your blood, sweat and tears, that is. Did you know that the average woman will swallow 4 pounds of lipstick in a lifetime? That means levels of lead found in an FDA study of lipsticks could contribute over 10 percent of the lead needed to take you over the CDC level of concern (there is no “safe” level).

Our skin absorbs many of the chemicals we put on it: Again, consider that cocktail of 130 chemicals in a typical beauty regime. Chemicals that can cause neurotoxicity, cancer, birth defects, liver or kidney diseases, or immune effects. Unfortunately, unless you participate in special studies or your doctor has grounds to believe chemical exposure is contributing to an illness, it is unlikely you will know what chemicals lurk in your body already. But you can check out the studies online showing chemicals found in people.

7. Feeling Fine

Image: Feeling Fine, by Pumpkincat

What is frightening about feeling fine? How quickly it can end! The problem: Feeling fine is the main side effect of harmful chemicals in your beauty regime. Those chemicals are selected by formulators because they make your skin supple, your hair lush, and your eyes shine. The risks they carry with them won’t make themselves known for years, or even decades. By the time the doctor mentions the big “C” or you struggle through fertility clinics listening to the tick-tock of the reproductive clock, it is too late.

What can you do? Minimize your exposures: Which is more important, your hair color or your health? After all, beauty comes from within.

More on Frightening Chemicals in Beauty Products
Why Is There Still an Endocrine Disruptor In My Toothpaste?
There’s A Frog Disruptor In My Soap
Beyond Parabens: 7 Common Cosmetics Ingredients You Need to Avoid
Lipstick, Shampoo, Nail Polish – How Toxic is OK?
“The Toxic 12” Beauty Ingredients

How to Make Your Beauty Regime Less Frightening
How to Go Green: Natural Skin Care
REACH for Greener Chemistry
How to Avoid Toxins in Your Sunscreen
Quiz: Are You a Green Beauty?

by Christine Lepisto, Berlin http://www.treehugger.com/images_site/feed-icon-10x10.pngon 02.11.10

Frightening chemicals in beauty regime photo
Image: Capture Queen

Moisturizing cleanser. Gorgeous hair — voluminous or silky, curly or straight, maybe even colored; a little primping with product to get it just right. Cover up that bit of a blemish. A delicate scent. If you are of the female persuasion, add on shiny eyes, glossy lips, a bit of a blush. Ready to conquer the world!

On average, people expose themselves to a cocktail of 130 chemicals every day, many of them in the products that constitute our beauty regimes. Even if you stick strictly to natural products, you are still exposed to powerful plant-derived chemicals that nature never intended for use in soaps, shampoos, or shadow. Here are seven signs that might indicate your beauty regime is beastly.

1. Pimples

Beauty problems cosmetics pimples photoImage: Squeezing only makes them angrier, by slopjop

Comedogenic. Sounds like someone good at making you laugh, doesn’t it? Unbelievably, this fancy medical word means acne-causing. And chemicals in your beauty products may be comedogenic.

What??! The products I am using to hide a little blemish are causing more of them? It’s true. You would be surprised at the ingredients which rank as highly comedogenic. Natural ingredients like algal extracts, cocoa butter, or wheat germ oil are examples. And, of course, the stuff with the scary chemical names like butyl stearate, PEG 75 lanolin, and sodium lauryl sulfate make the list too.

Bottom line: if you think you have too many zits, use a natural acne treatment or look for products labeled non-comedogenic. Or Google full lists of comedogenic ingredients to avoid.

2. Allergic Reaction

Beauty problems rash photoImage: Allergy Patch Test, by ejhogbin

Here are a few beauty statistics to think about:

  • Skin allergies are the second most common allergic reactions, after rhinitis (the snuffly, sneezy allergies).
  • Atopic dermatitis — often allergy related — is one of the most common skin diseases, with prevalence between 9 and 30 percent.
  • Americans make 7 million visits per year to discuss skin conditions with their health care provider.

Allergic rashes rarely occur the first time you use a product. The chemicals that cause allergic rashes are called “sensitizers” because a person has to become sensitized before the allergic effect is seen. Because of this delay, sufferers often have to submit to annoying “patch testing” (image) in which small dots of various chemicals are taped to the skin for a period of time. Fragrances and preservatives are common culprits. Then: good luck finding the causative agents on product labels so you can avoid them. Sites like EWG’s Skin Deep can help you avoid becoming sensitized to begin with, or avoid trigger products if it’s too late.

3. Irritation

Beauty problems irritation photoImage: Irritated Eye, by titanas

Chemicals commonly cause irritation, which is simply redness, swelling and pain that occurs on contact. Toxicologists rank the degree of irritation by measuring how long contact is required to induce swelling, judging the severity of effects (for example how much corneal opacity or iritis or redness occurs), and watching how long it takes before the situation returns to normal. Unlike allergic reactions, irritation tends to be relatively consistent for all people. Therefore, beauty product manufacturers are careful to avoid using irritants in their products which have uses likely to trigger irritation. But if some shampoo leaks into the corner of your eye, you will soon know if irritants are in the mix. The best thing is to rinse an irritated spot with water for as long as you have the patience (15 minutes is recommended by experts) and avoid rubbing.

4. The Mice Got Sick

Beauty problems mouse mice sick photoImage: Mouse, by Denn

Even if your beauty product claims “animal testing-free”, the ingredients have most likely been tested. Come on now, do you really think it would be responsible for a company to sell stuff for us to put on our skin if it is not believed to be safe? But here is a dirty secret: Quite often, only the target information is really used.

For example, if a chemical is tested as an irritant, observations that the test animals acted drowsy or suffered enlarged livers, may be neglected, buried in wordy and complex reports, or far too expensive to follow up on. Luckily, this is changing, as more companies realize their responsibilities in the matter. And companies like Wal-mart are leading the charge to get that information into the hands of consumers in a usable form, such as a Green Index.

5. Dizziness

Beauty problems like cosmetics which make you dizzy photoImage: Dizzy, by Alasis

That nail polish remover going straight to your head? Dizziness is your brain’s way of telling you that toxins are attacking. At least it provides some warning signal: Those chemicals that are entering your bloodstream may not stop at making your head spin. Chemicals like acetone, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, or ethyl acetate in your nail care regime can cause cancer or birth defects. Anything that makes you dizzy will have to be sorted out by your liver and kidneys, potentially doing damage there as well.

6. Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Beauty problems like chemicals in your blood photoImage: Blood Test, by Thirteen of Clubs

Chemicals in your blood, sweat and tears, that is. Did you know that the average woman will swallow 4 pounds of lipstick in a lifetime? That means levels of lead found in an FDA study of lipsticks could contribute over 10 percent of the lead needed to take you over the CDC level of concern (there is no “safe” level).

Our skin absorbs many of the chemicals we put on it: Again, consider that cocktail of 130 chemicals in a typical beauty regime. Chemicals that can cause neurotoxicity, cancer, birth defects, liver or kidney diseases, or immune effects. Unfortunately, unless you participate in special studies or your doctor has grounds to believe chemical exposure is contributing to an illness, it is unlikely you will know what chemicals lurk in your body already. But you can check out the studies online showing chemicals found in people.

7. Feeling Fine

Beauty problems may lurk even when you are feeling fine photoImage: Feeling Fine, by Pumpkincat

What is frightening about feeling fine? How quickly it can end! The problem: Feeling fine is the main side effect of harmful chemicals in your beauty regime. Those chemicals are selected by formulators because they make your skin supple, your hair lush, and your eyes shine. The risks they carry with them won’t make themselves known for years, or even decades. By the time the doctor mentions the big “C” or you struggle through fertility clinics listening to the tick-tock of the reproductive clock, it is too late.

What can you do? Minimize your exposures: Which is more important, your hair color or your health? After all, beauty comes from within.

More on Frightening Chemicals in Beauty Products
Why Is There Still an Endocrine Disruptor In My Toothpaste?
There’s A Frog Disruptor In My Soap
Beyond Parabens: 7 Common Cosmetics Ingredients You Need to Avoid
Lipstick, Shampoo, Nail Polish – How Toxic is OK?
“The Toxic 12” Beauty Ingredients

How to Make Your Beauty Regime Less Frightening
How to Go Green: Natural Skin Care
REACH for Greener Chemistry
How to Avoid Toxins in Your Sunscreen
Quiz: Are You a Green Beauty?

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