Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Step 1: The Bathroom Audit

There are approximately 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products today. Research has found that one in eight of these ingredients is an industrial chemical, which could be a carcinogen, pesticide, reproductive toxin or hormone disruptor. I have found nasty chemicals listed as ingredients even in many "natural" or otherwise green branded products found in health food stores. It pays to read the ingredients before buying, but of course you have to know what you're looking for in that long list of barely pronounceable compounds.

The David Suzuki Foundation has a list of the "Dirty Dozen" chemicals to avoid in the products you use (soaps, cosmetics etc.). You can download a list of these to keep in your wallet (although it is pink and girlified, unfortunately).

Auditing your bathroom cabinet and keeping the list handy for your next purchases is a simple way to decrease your exposure to chemicals linked to negative health effects.

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