After my findings about endocrine disruptors in teens, I have been extra careful about what products I use. I’ve had an eagle eye out for chemicals, trying to find brands to suggest that my friends switch to from their paraben-full products. Well, only a few days after writing my blog, what do I find in my inbox but a forwarded message that one of my mom’s friends sent to her entitled, “Lily might be interested in this.”
And, indeed, I was. What I found in this intriguing e-mail was a promotion for a new body product line called “Teens Turning Green.” Well, I mean, come on. How could that not interest me? I clicked the link with great anticipation. What I came upon was possibly the most “green” line I have seen in a long time.
Teens Turning Green is a collective of teens and young women and men dedicated to providing pure, green, chemical-free body care products that really work. They collaborate with seven of the greenest companies out there to create products by these companies for teens, and distribute these products under their umbrella, through Whole Foods. The line premiered in Whole Foods stores throughout the country at the end of September–I have yet to be to a Whole Foods since then, but I am certainly planning on looking when I go on Friday.
Their Web site, www.teensturninggreen.org, provides much more information about their exciting line than I could ever give you here. I say, check it out! I am SO excited by this, it’s not even funny. I think it’s so amazing that a group of teens would take the initiative to create safe products for their peers. A quick overview: The Web site gives their mission statement, their research, their products and their ingredients. It also has a page with the names of the “greenest” brands out there.
Having taken some time to look at their new line–which is made up of nine products from seven companies, so far–I must say I am quite impressed. They really put the information you want to know out there, as opposed to hiding it from the public (does anyone else have a hard time finding product ingredients online???).
My only suggestion would be to stay away from the Sanitizing Spray (it has ethanol, which even if natural is listed as a suspected carcinogen, developmental toxicant, endocrine toxicant, neurotoxicant, and reproductive toxicant in Scorecard’s ratings,
and the Pomega5 Pomegranate Blemish Cleansing Bar (which contains Cocoamidopropyl Beltain, a known immune system toxicant–not terrible, but not great, either.
Overall though, I say yay for Teens Turning Green! I can’t wait to go buy their Alaffia Mango Body Butter! It sounds simply splendid.
Note to self: This Green Girl is proud of her peers!