Editorís note:†This post is a Care2 favorite, back by popular demand. 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 itís not†surprising that you have a home full of things you donít need. Here’s a list of 10 toxic products you absolutely donít 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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