Friday, August 13, 2010

Healthy Child Healthy World asked for simple tips - so...

Now that we know so much more about the toxic chemicals found in consumer goods, especially those designed for our children, we really only have one choice - if in doubt, check it out!

Who would have thought that established skin care brands marketed so specifally to our babies, could contain so many dangerous chemicals?  Yes, J&J, I'm talking to you (among others).

I rely heavily on the wonderful team at Safe Mama to screen products before I buy them or to find better, safer alternatives - the wealth of information on their site is outstanding and their cheat sheets are invaluable.

Another go-to resource for lotions, creams and cleansers is the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database maintained by the Environmental Working Group.  The database contains highly detailed information on personal care products for kids AND their parents.

For safe, quick and stress-free shopping, visit The Soft Landing.  They've already done the research and only sell products that are 100% BPA, PVC and Phthalate-free. In addition to skincare, they have tons of other products - bottles, cups, bibs, toothbrushes, toys - even pet gear!

Hopefully in the (near?) future the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010 will save us from having to put so much effort into researching every single thing we buy.  But until then, this list is essentially my first line of defense when it comes to fighting the chemical war on the homefront - in combination with the fantastic updates provided by Healthy Child Healthy World, of course!  I'm sure that other readers will find them as valuable as I do.

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