Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Going Green...for $1

So, I've decided to make the switch. Don't get me wrong, I have been "green" for quite some time now. Using products that don't harm the environment simply makes sense to me.  I've even gone to the extreme at times, poring over ingredient labels and choosing only the cleanest of the clean.  It seems like I hear more and more about how the ingredients in the products we use everyday, such as household cleaning products (409, Lysol, Cascade) and even most of the personal care products we use on a daily basis such as lotions and shampoos can cause cancer,  hormonal mutations, and suppress the central nervous system (and that is just the start of the list!).   The instances of autism, asthma, and cancer are at an all time high and are continuing to rise! It seems to me that it is time to examine the things we as humans are doing that could be causing this huge rise in disease.

Indoor air quality is generally much worse than outdoor air. A recent 15 year study showed that women who work in the home have a 54% higher of getting cancer than women who work outside the home, and this has been linked to the increased exposure to the toxic chemicals out-gassed by the cleaning products used in our homes. This out-gassing occurs EVEN WHEN THE BOTTLES ARE SEALED. Have you ever noticed the smell in the cleaning product aisle in the grocery store?

So the problem is, how do you know what is safe and what is not? You probably didn't know that the government doesn't require ingredient disclosure on products designed for family, personal, or household use, nor does it regulate or require safety testing on cosmetics or other personal care products. The FDA itself has stated, "The [Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act] contains no provision that requires demonstration to FDA of the safety of ingredients of cosmetic products... prior to marketing the product."

Pretty scary!

You have a choice, though!  You can do what I did for years. Read every ingredient label (on the products that list them, anyway) and then research all the different ingredients and then figure out which products are safe to use.That's really time consuming, though!

Another option you have is to have safer, greener products delivered straight to your door from a company that is committed to manufacturing all the products you use on a day to day basis using quality ingredients that are not only effective, but safe for you and the environment and affordable as well.  Membership cost is only $1 until December 22, so it's a great time to switch your house over to green products! I <3 these products!

My question for you today is, what do you already do to "green" your home on a daily basis?

To your health,


1 comment:

  1. Good way to ease people into making better purchase decisions...