Beware of Greenwashing!!!!
Greenwashing happens when companies make false claims or overly generous health or environmental benefits that their product or service offers. Greenwashing is not confined exclusively to the cleaning industry, but it is prevalent in large part because household cleaners are the only household products where manufacturers are NOT required to list all ingredients under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. YIKES!!!!
Fragrances are a great example of hazardous substances. They are considered “trade secrets” so their ingredients don’t have to be included on the packaging. Many synthetic fragrances include chemicals that have been linked with reproductive health and developmental problems such as birth defects, low sperm count and ADHD. Even at the most basic level, synthetic fragrances are known to trigger asthma and allergy attacks! When you see “fragrance” on an ingredients list, just put that right back on the shelf where you found it.
Have you watched the documentary STINK? Add this to your list!!!
Because manufacturers can just omit ingredients from packaging, this makes it very hard for us as consumers to interpret false claims (greenwashing) such as non-toxic, biodegradable and eco-friendly.
So how do you find the right products? Stay tuned! I have some really great suggestions coming your way tomorrow!
Check out this website for more resources about ingredients to avoid.
Let’s do something fun (or maybe not so fun!)! Go run to your kitchen or bathroom cabinet & grab a couple of items. Look through the ingredient list to see if any of the toxic ingredients I covered yesterday are in your products. If they are -- NO SHAME!! Seriously! you are learning and empowering yourself! Comment below to let me know what you’ve found!