By gradually including organic products into our lives and homes—from baby care, beauty and cleaning products to clothes, linens, bath towels and even toilet paper—we can make a difference!
As Americans, we are exposed to over 5,000 different toxic pesticides–64 million pounds annually–through the food and water we consume, the products we buy for our homes, in our air, soil, and waterways.
Pesticide exposure is linked to rising cancers, respiratory diseases, dementia, obesity, cognitive problems, autism spectrum disorders, infertility, Parkinson’s disease, auto immune diseases and other troubling health conditions. Those pesticides, which are hormone-disrupting chemicals, damage chromosomes that are passed on, making our offspring more prone to cancer for generations to come.
For the research studies, access the Maryland Pesticide Education Network research archives.
Children’s smaller body mass and developing brains make them more vulnerable to pesticide damage. Life-defining impacts, including autism, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, cognitive and behavior problems, have been linked to pesticide exposure. Sadly, adequate testing for impacts on children is often not required before products are allowed on the market.
It’s strawberry season, download this fact sheet on pesticides and strawberries, their impacts on children and how to avoid them.
Unfortunately, the EPA’s ability to protect Americans has been eroded by the agro-chemical industry’s powerful influence on our government, for decades. A recent example–in 2017, the US EPA’s Secretary Pruitt overturned his own agency’s 2016 recommendation for a ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos, despite overwhelming scientific evidence proving damage to babies’ brains and that chlorpyrifos is unsafe at any level in our food. See how EPA routinely allows ongoing use of untested pesticides.
Made without inks, dyes or scents.
Who Gives a Crap is an environmentally-friendly low-cost toilet paper that’s made from bamboo, not trees, and delivered to your door. Who Gives a Crap donates 50% of its profits to building toilets–over $950,000 has been donated so far—and they saved a heck of a lot of trees, water and energy.
Roughly 40% of the world’s population do not have access to a toilet. Around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation—almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes.
Luckily, toilets are proven to be a great solution–they provide dignity, health and an improved quality of life. And in case that wasn’t enough, it’s been shown that a dollar invested in sanitation yields $5.50 in increased economic prosperity.
Learn more and buy your supply.
Here’s a round-up of product reviews and steps to help you get started.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body, yet when using personal care products–shampoos, soaps, cosmetics–do you really understand the chemicals, preservatives, fragrances and colorings you are applying? Organic products are a safe way of avoiding toxic pesticides and the variety of chemicals that we may or may not understand. By switching to organic products, you are choosing cleaner and gentler products with superior quality ingredients, often containing vitamins and minerals that the body recognizes and absorbs.
Organic product reviews by leading magazines and websites.
Non-toxic and organic products can be less expensive than you think.
Healthy Home Checklist – where are toxics likely to lurk in your home?
Search Safety Ratings – over 2,500 products
Healthy Home Products roundup by Dr. Mercola
Cotton is considered the world’s dirtiest crop, using 8 of the top 10 pesticides classified as highly hazardous by the World Health Organization. Choosing organic clothing and home goods is an important step to a better home and planet.
Chemical Cotton – what you should know about the effects of cotton