3 Ways to Find “Greenwashing” in your Home
Greenwashing is defined as “disinformation disseminated by an organization so as to present an environmentally responsible public image.”
You can read up on the basics of Greenwashing in my previous blog post here.
Now that you know what Greenwashing is, you can easily identify it in your own home. As I said in my previous blog post, this is a major health issue that I’m passionate about. If you get rid of these 10 chemicals from your home, you’ll be doing a fantastic job toward preventing hormone disruption and other serious health problems. A study released this year showed that in as little as 3 days, you can reduce the amounts of harmful chemicals in your body by as much as 44%.
1. First, there are two useful websites to do research on. You can look up the products you own and identify their ingredients, as well as the health effects here:
www.householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov This database covers a whole range of household products and is very user friendly
http://www.ewg.org/ This site is a fantastic source, particularly for their Skin Deep database of many personal care items.
2. If you are researching a purchase for your home (maybe a mattress, a carpet, or a piece of furniture), you can do an internet search for the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for the product you are considering. The MSDS will specify the active ingredients, which can then be researched for health hazards.
3. If you haven’t already, download my free guide at the bottom of this blog post or at the top of my homepage at www.sorayaturner.com. My guide identifies the 10 Toxic Chemicals that are Harming Your Family’s Health, and will give you the 10 items to look for on the labels that are in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Print the guide out and keep a copy in your house or on your phone (it’s a PDF). I created the guide because I wanted a cheat sheet of things to look out for myself and to help people learn about what’s really in their cabinets. Of course, there are likely more than 10 toxic products in our homes that create harm, however I picked the 10 most harmful and most common.
On average, women use about 15 grooming products each morning and men around 6. This means that if each product contains 2 harmful ingredients (it’s likely that’s a really low estimate), women are routinely absorbing 30 doses of harmful chemicals and men absorb 12. This compounds quickly over time. For women could be well over 10,000 doses of hormone disruption a year. No wonder we see so rising rates of infertility, endocrine disorders and cancer.
Take the 10 minute Anti-Greenwashing challenge
Download my guide by entering your name and email at the bottom of this page (don’t worry – your email is safe with me) to get my PDF on the 10 Toxic Chemicals.
Next, go into your cabinets and shelves and take a long hard look at what is included on those labels. Look at the front and back. If you don’t know an ingredient, look it up on www.ewg.org and see whether it poses a risk.
Set a timer for 10 minutes and start in your bathroom or under the kitchen sink. Try to find the greenwashing. Make yourself aware! I guarantee you’ll find a few items that have labels that look healthy but contain harmful ingredients.
I’d love to hear what you’ve found! Let me know if you found any of the top 10 in your medicine cabinets by commenting below.
For my guide, enter your information in the form on the bottom of the page just below the share buttons.
Check out the non-toxic personal care and cleaning items I love here.