So many companies are cashing in on the eco fad and are green washing us to death. Now it is so much more difficult to determine what's really "green" and what is a company trying to persuade us to buy the same old product wrapped in a green package. It takes a very detail oriented person with extra time to be sure that the product you specifically bought because it was a bit healthier for the planet and your family is in fact just that. Unfortunately for most of us, time is not something we have a lot extra of.
A friend recently informed me that they were happy to pay a bit more for a handcrafted wooden toy made by a toy company (that touted their eco friendly philosphy & made in the USA standards). They were happy that is until the first label was ripped off to reveal a "Made in China" sticker. Unsure what hurt worse, their pocket for paying more for nothing, their pride because they had just gotten dupped or the planet because surely the eco friendly promises must also be a lie.
So many bath products (specifically for children) claim to be "all natural" but still contain items that you wouldn't dare exposure your children to in their "raw" form. Blended with the other ingredients & marked natural you willingly slather it on them. I've decided that I'm going to try (once a week) to give tips on ingredients to avoid.
This first ingredient to try to avoid is found in a VERY common baby product:
"formaldehyde-releasing preservative quaternium-15, as well as the chemical byproduct 1,4-dioxane. Formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane are known carcinogens. The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that “the presence of 1,4-dioxane, even as a trace contaminant, is cause for concern,” and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services added formaldehyde to its list of known human carcinogens in June 2011." Forbes GREEN TECH 11/1/2011