Toxins, schmoxins

Toxins, schmoxins

Ever wondered why people are making such a big fuss about toxins in this and that? Why do itty bitty amounts of harsh cleansers and fragrances in shampoos, or minute pesticide residues in food, or trace amounts of chemicals that seep into our water, really matter?

In fact, forget the why. Perhaps the better question is do they even matter?

This is a video that I’ve been aching to show you all ever since the Baby Purity Conference back in October.

Grab a hot cup of something and sit down for 20 minutes to watch this engaging and extremely worthwhile video (while you’re at it, ask your husband to watch it, too- Ryan and I watched it together a few nights ago and he said it made an impression on him).

This video was put together by EWG (Environmental Working Group), an incredible non-profit organization, dedicated to researching toxic chemicals and contaminants, informing us (the consumers and parents) of what they are finding, telling us how to avoid these toxins and even lobbying to help change legislature and put protective bills into place (in the USA, where they are based, though most of their information and research is entirely relevant to those who live outside the USA as well).

Sometimes I am so grateful that there are others out there, doing the research so that I don’t have to. I’m a busy mom, and I simply can’t read up on every new toxic chemical or brand of toothpaste or how to keep my baby as safe as possible. I wish I could, but I can’t.

If you’ve never done so before, please check out their incredible resources:

Skin Deep Beauty Database (an extensive database of most major brands of toiletries and beauty products, their ingredients and their safety levels)

Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide in Produce

Their Website (full of research articles, pollution solutions and more)

Enviroblog (where they keep us up-to-date on the latest news on environmental and health related concerns)

Have you watched this video yet? What did you think of it?

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  1. I just found that video a couple weeks ago and have been trying to find time to watch all of it. So far I’ve seen about half. Amazing really.

  2. Wow. Thanks for sharing this – it will make explaining things to my family a lot easier. They just don’t ‘get’ why I do some of the things I do. ; )

  3. Wow, Stephanie! Thank you for the very kind words. I would say that as much as you are thrilled that we (and others) are working on these issues, we are thrilled that you (and others) are so capably and thoroughly writing about and taking up these issues in the midst of everything else you have going on. Together we can make the needed changes, don’t you think??? I do!

  4. Good- I’m glad you’re all enjoying it! I was really impressed when I first watched it!

    Lisa, you’re so welcome! Thanks for being a part of such a great organization, and for all the hard work that you do. I agree that together, we can make (and are starting to make) changes!

  5. I’m SO glad you posted this…I’m a bit behind, but my husband and I just watched it, and it was awesome! I’m just getting started learning about all this (it can seem overwhelming at times!), but this video is very well put-together and easy to understand – I’m passing the link on to my friends as well.

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