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Top 10 Toxic Products You Don’t Need

Top 10 Toxic Products You Don’t Need
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Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 Favorite. It was originally posted on September 17, 2012. Enjoy!

This is a guest post by Margie Kelly Communications Manager at Healthy Child Healthy World.

Advertisers spent an astonishing $144 billion in 2011 to entice you to buy more and more stuff, so it’s not surprising that you have a home full of things you don’t need. Here’s a list of 10 toxic products you absolutely don’t need; you can get rid of them right away! Not only will your home be less cluttered, your health will improve by eliminating everyday items that contain toxic chemicals that contaminate your air, food and body.

1. Vinyl plastic: Vinyl is the worst plastic for the environment. Banned in over 14 countries and the European Union, PVC, also known as vinyl, is found in floors, wall coverings, and toys. Vinyl leaches phthalates (linked to hormone disruption) and lead (a potent neurotoxicant) — contaminating air, dust, and eventually you. Go PVC-free by reading packages and avoiding the #3 in the chasing arrows symbol (usually found on the bottom of a product).

2. Fragrance products: Chemical fragrances found in everyday products like air fresheners, dryer sheets, and perfumes can trigger asthma. Some of the chemicals mimic estrogen, a process that may increase the risk of breast cancer. For example, diethyl phthalate (DEP) is absorbed through the skin and can accumulate in human fat tissue. Phthalates are suspected carcinogens and hormone disruptors that are increasingly being linked to reproductive disorders. To be safe, choose fragrance-free products or use those scented with natural fragrances like essential oils.

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10:15PM PST on Dec 9, 2014

Eww, concerning that hand sanitizers have triclosan. I wonder if they all do.

6:02PM PST on Dec 7, 2014

I had no idea there was lead in lipstick. Good job FDA...not

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7:55AM PST on Dec 2, 2014

◕╰დ╮ THANK YOU for your time and for posting! ╭დ╯◕

4:09PM PST on Nov 15, 2014

can't argue with that, we don't need them and can find alternatives...

7:00AM PST on Nov 12, 2014

Thanks much for sharing

1:03AM PST on Nov 11, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

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1:00PM PST on Nov 10, 2014

Thanks for the heads up!

12:19PM PST on Nov 10, 2014


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