I was having a conversation with a friend last night wondering why people still choose to purchase mainstream household and personal care products that contain man-made toxic chemicals that are linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility, dermatitis and other allergies, learning disabilities and respiratory disorders.
Is it convenience? Laziness? Do they simply not care? Lack of education? The misconception that natural is more expensive?
I just don’t get it. Surely there’s enough information out there for us to realize how damaging these products are to our health and to think … hmmmm…. maybe it might not be such a great idea to have a bath with a petroleum bi-product that clogs my pores and interferes with my body’s ability to eliminate toxins as well as being contaminated with carcinogens, or apply cream to my face that contains ingredients linked to breast cancer, allergic reactions and rashes, or spray the kitchen bench with a respiratory irritant and hormone disruptor.
I could ponder this for hours, days, months.
The conversation was sparked by me re-reading the following two paragraphs from Stacy Malkan’s book: Not Just a Pretty Face – The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.
“Blood was quietly collected by the American Red Cross workers and sent to two independent laboratories to be analyzed for chemicals. The results were similar to previous studies: each person’s body was contaminated with hundreds of industrial chemical compounds, including pesticides, stain repellents, flame retardants, plasticizers, even PCBs that were banned in the 1970s. But the subjects of this study were unlike any of the others. These were newborn babies, fresh from the womb.
“The babies were born in US hospitals in August and September of 2004 and chosen at random by the Red Cross for the study conducted by the Environmental Working Group, a Washington DC research organisation, and Commonweal, a California health and environmental group. It was the first time such a wide range of pollutants had been measured in the umbilical cord blood of newborns who had never been in direct contact with industrialized society. The researchers detected a total of 287 chemicals in the babies’ cord blood, including 180 chemicals that cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 that are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 that cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal studies.”
When was the last time you read the ingredients list of your household and personal care products?
There are so many wonderful brands out there that offer natural alternatives, including many online shops that deliver straight to your door. Surely that’s more convenient than walking the aisles of the supermarket.
What are your thoughts?
What are your favourite natural alternatives?