The Dirty Dozen ANTIBACTERIALS COAL-TAR COLORS DIETHANOLAMINE (DEA) FORMALDEHYDE GLYCOL ETHERS HEAVY METALS: LEAD AND MERCURY PARABENS PETROLATUM (vaseline, petroleum jelly) PHENYLENEDIAMINE (PPD) PHTHALATES SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS) TOLUENE
Nasty stuff • ANTIBACTERIALS • Found in cleansers, deodorants and other cosmetic products, • Triclosan encourage the rise of drug-resistant bacteria, • COAL-TAR COLORS • FD&C Blue 1 and FD &C Green 3 are carcinogenic, • D&C Red 33, FD&C Yellow 5 and FD&C Yellow 6 -- have been shown to cause cancer when applied to the skin. • DIETHANOLAMINE (DEA) • Widely used in shampoos • Suspected carcinogen • TOLUENE • This solvent found in nail products can cause liver damage and is irritating to the skin and respiratory tract.
…more nasty stuff • FORMALDEHYDE • Found in eye shadows, mascaras and cosmetics • The EPA classifies it a probable human carcinogen. • GLYCOL ETHERS • Found in nail polish, deodorant, perfumes and other cosmetics, • Some are hazardous to the reproductive system. Other effects of include anemia and irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat. • Avoid :EGPE, EGME,EGEE, DEGBE, PGME, DPGME and those with "methyl" in their names.
…even more nasty stuff • HEAVY METALS: LEAD AND MERCURY • Lead is found in lead acetate in hair dyes and makeup. • A brain- and nervous-system toxin as well as a known carcinogen • Mercury is a preservative in eye-area cosmetics • A potent nervous-system toxin, • PARABENS • Used in underarm deodorants, • Recently found in tissue samples from human breast tumors. • PETROLATUM (vaseline, petroleum jelly) • Used in cold creams, lipsticks/protection, baby creams, eye shadow • Petrolatum can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
…and even more nasty stuff. • PHENYLENEDIAMINE (PPD) • oxidation dyes, amino dyes para dyes, or peroxide dyes. • Found in many hairdyes, • PPD is linked with skin irritations, and respiratory disorders. Has been banned in Europe. • PHTHALATES • Used in fragrances, deodorants, nail polishes, hair products and lotions, • Produce cancer of the liver and birth defects in lab animals. • Choose products labeled "fragrance-free" or are scented with pure botanical or essential oils. • SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS) • Found in toothpaste, shampoo and other cleansers • Caused "severe epidermal changes" to mouse skin.
Safer household cleaning with: • 50/50 solution of vinegar and water • Disinfects, removes stains, deodorizes • Baking Soda • Removes stains, neutralizes odors • Liquid castile soap • General cleaning • Lemon juice • Cuts grease • Non-Chlorine scouring powder • e.g. Bon Ami®
Safer All-Purpose Cleaner Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake • ½ teaspoon liquid castile soap made from natural plant oils • 2 teaspoons borax or baking soda • 1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice • 2 cups hot water For a disinfectant add essential oils- • lavender, tea tree, rosemary, orange blossom or eucalyptus For heavy cleaning add ½ teaspoon washing soda
Kitchen and Foods • Conventional Stove • Use Glass, ceramic (lead free) or stainless steel • Avoid non-stick, aluminum and plastics • Microwave • Use glass or ceramic (lead free) • Avoid plastics • Food storage • Use glass, ceramic (lead free) or stainless steel and plastics #1,2,4 or 5 • Avoid plastics #3,6 and 7
USDA Certified Organic • At least 95% of the contents have been grown without synthetic fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, bioengineering, ionizing radiation or sewage sludge • www.ams.usda.gov/nop