Clean Soap for Personal and Planetary Health
There are a wide variety of soap and shampoo options on the market but many are made from synthetic, toxic ingredients. When these chemicals leach into our bodies and natural waterways a combination of unfortunate effects have been reported. This includes a variety of ecological hits such as wildlife mutagenic reactions to humans displaying skin conditions, reproductive problems, and cancer.
Add in a few sprinkles of natural botanicals to these products, and the uninformed consumer purchases them under the good intention of using something natural and maybe less hurtful to the planet.
This is the cycle of Eco-unfriendly beauty products which continues to march on, but does not have to when it comes to you.
Think twice before you grab your favorite conventional product and try another brand that performs equivalent or better. A brand that is just as affordable, with safer ingredients not only for your health but for your planet as well.
What You’re Scrubbing With
The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) reported in 2013 that,
“The chemical, cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA), a chemically modified form of coconut oil used as a thickener or foaming agent in many products, was listed by California as a known carcinogen...In addition, products marketed for children and a product falsely labeled as organic were found with the chemical, in violation of California law.”
In addition to cocamide DEA there are many other suspect body cleansing ingredients. Some of the major players to avoid include:
- Sodium laureth sulfate
- Ammonium chloride
Accumulative effects have been linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity in women, allergies, and disruptions of the immune and endocrine system.
According to Michael Green, executive director of CEH,
“Most people believe that products sold in major stores are tested for safety, but consumers need to know that they could be doused with a cancer-causing chemical every time they shower or shampoo,”
Expand Your Choices
It may seem that choosing something that claims it is natural is a better choice. Yet, all you have to do is look at the ingredients and if it is short of a literary novel you know you could be getting something far from natural.
Many health and beauty products such as soaps and shampoos are now living up to their worth when it comes to natural ingredients.
Some of the more effective contents to look for include:
- Aloe Vera
- Grape seed
- Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
- Baking soda
- Shea butter
This list can go on as there are scores of botanicals that can be infused in many hair and skin products. Basically, the less the ingredients the more the botanical and the chances are of you using a safer product for your body and the environment (particularly water and soil runoff).
Look a Little Closer
As you re-assess your bath and spa atmosphere there are a few other concerns that could certainly raise your home above the average home when it comes to Eco-friendly products.
Look a little closer at the labeling and see if you can find any, if not all, of these personal as well as environmental benefits:
- Organic ingredients
- Not tested on animals
- Harmless breakdown
- Contains no hazardous ingredients as per OSHA regulations
- Free of petroleum distillates, EDTA, NTA, ammonia, benzene, grain proteins, enzymes or formaldehyde
- Free of all known or suspected carcinogens
- Gray water safe
- Septic tank safe
- Fair trade
- Made in America
This kind of attention to intricate product details can be a major global step at reducing human harm and environmental destruction. All it takes is a major consumer shift for these toxic soap products to become a thing of the past.
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