Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Safe products

I am addicted to the Houston Chronicle's MamaDrama Blogs. One of the latest blogs is about Johnson & Johnson's Baby Wash, and how it is listed in breastcancerfund.org for containing cancer causing petrochemicals.

"Laboratory tests released today revealed the presence of 1,4-Dioxane in products such as Hello Kitty Bubble Bath, Huggies Baby Wash, Johnson’s Baby Wash, Scooby-Doo Bubble Bath and Sesame Street Bubble Bath. The tests also found the carcinogen in Clairol Herbal Essences shampoo, Olay Complete Body Wash and many other personal care products.

1,4-Dioxane is a petroleum-derived contaminant considered a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a clear-cut animal carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program. It is also on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known or suspected by the state to cause cancer or birth defects. Because it is a contaminant produced during manufacturing, the FDA does not require it to be listed as an ingredient on product labels."

I wonder what other products we use have bad stuff in them.

This site, http://skindeep.ewg.org/, is really cool. You can type in the product and it will tell you the ingredients, and what issues those ingredients have and if they are linked to cancer or are toxic.

Through my readings I found this link: http://www.ecover.com/us/en/. From what I can tell they sell eco friendly cleaning supplies, but it doesn't say if their products are safe or dangerous for us.

This stuff is all overwhelming. I like the skindeep site. There are a handful of products that I use all the time. I'm going to check them to see how bad they are, and maybe change products, but I'm not going to go crazy and stop using shampoo or detergent.

That reminds me... my pads are filthy and I need to wash them before the bout this weekend. They would be considered toxic right now.


Mama Drama Jenny said...

I'm loving ecover. Fabulous link, my friend!

Catazon said...

Yeah, Jenny freaked me out the other day...we had a bottle of that Hello Kitty Bubble Bath...1/4 of it left when I threw it away Monday night. Damn.