Monday, March 23, 2015

Living Non-Toxic: Starting with the Kiddos

I hope you got a chance to watch video above. It's startling and sad. Our kids are exposed to so much crap in their lives and it's so hard to even know where to begin.

Here's a few ways to get started.

1. Line Up All The Personal Care Products the Kids Use. 
You'll probably be surprised at just how many things you use on your kids on a daily basis.

2. Dump Anything that Contains THESE Ingredients:
These are just the beginning, but they are a great place to start. Keep researching, and you'll find even more ingredients you'll want to avoid.

  •     Fragrance-manufacturers can legally hide HUNDREDS of chemicals within this one word, including endocrine disruptors/ potentially carcinogenic phthalates (thal-ates) 
  •     Parabens- (methyl, ethyl, butyl, and propyl parabens) These can actually mimic the hormones in our bodies and disrupt functions of the endocrine system. A high lifelong exposure to estrogen(which these mimic) can increase breast cancer risk. 
  •     Formaldehyde- This one freaks me out the most. It isn't listed in the ingredients as "formaldehyde," so look out for Quaternium, DMDM Hydantoin, and Ureas. These are human carcinogens that can cause respiratory issues, immune system toxicity,  and is a skin irritant.
  •   Propylene Glycol (PEG)/ Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)- This is a potential carcinogen that can alter and reduce your skin's natural moisture barrier. 
  • Petroleum/Petrolatum/Mineral Oil/Liquid ParaImidazolidinyl Urea/Diazolidinyl Urea – these can degrade to formaldehyde and are very toxic. 
3. Replace Your Products with Better Options. 
Being diligent about the products you buy will help greatly in cutting down the toxins that your kids are exposed to. I really love Ava Anderson's Baby and new Kid's line, it's definitely worth checking out! Whatever you choose, make sure you are being proactive in reading the ingredients before you decide to buy. It's never a bad idea to also check out the EWG's Cosmetic Database to find out how the products your considering rate, including what potentially harmful ingredients may be included. 

4. Find a Product that You Like and Stay Away From the Drugstore
There's really not too many things at the stores we go to on a regular basis that have safe products for our kids. It's pretty sad when the "green" companies that are marketed there still have junk we don't want around our kids or have sold out to the major conglomerates (ahem, Burt's Bees, I will not be buying you from Clorox.) 

These are also a great starting point for your own personal care products, also. Don't be surprised when you have very little products left! Just think of it as a great new journey, one that starts with baby steps. 

Want to read more in this series? Check out the other posts 

**While I do sell Ava Anderson, all the opinions on products are my own, and there are obviously other choices out there, too. These just happen to be mine, even prior to selling it.**

Do you read your labels? How would you start your journey to a non toxic life? 

1 comment:

  1. I take Environmental Science, it is very depressing how unpure things are.

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