Naturally Better Products
After 25 years of innovation, we've learned a thing or two from plants. Like how well they can clean up our world and how kind they can be to our kids. Seventh Generation home and baby care products do what you need to get done. Without the iffy stuff.
16 Tips For Toxin-Free Living
Like you, your house needs to breathe. No matter the season, summer or winter, open all the windows in your house for at least 5 minutes once a week. Release the vapors and bring in the fresh air.
They may look like paper, feel like paper, but they shouldn’t be recycled like paper; they could contain BPA. And that will contaminate the other recyclables in the mix. Just throw receipts into the trash. Or go paperless and avoid them all together.
Face it, non-stick cookware never is as non-stick as you want it to be. You’re always adding oil or butter to help it along. But here’s what you may not know, when heated to above normal cooking temperatures, some non-stick coatings release perfluorooctanoic acid, which is as scary as it sounds. It has been linked to cancer. Consider switching to cast iron or stainless steel.
No need to worry about your carpet, your clothes, your furniture and curtains, right? Wrong. All of those can contain questionable chemicals like perfluorooctane sulfonate. Clues to watch out for are words like: “stain resistant,” “wrinkle-free” and “permanent-press.” Choose natural fibers; like nature, they’re your friend.
There is no situation where the phrase “could leach into your food” is desirable. Even beets leaching into our mashed potatoes becomes a meal-breaker for some. So why tolerate potentially harmful chemicals leaching into our foods from plastic containers? Go with glass instead.
Grinding trees into pulp, compressing them into paper and then chucking them into landfills after just one use, seems, to put mildly, a bit inhumane. Consider switching to a reusable cup or mug. After all, they’ve worked well for generations.
Here’s the thing, if something, you know, gives off a scent that makes you think “Whoah,” that’s a probably a good sign to step away. Because more likely than not, you’re smelling a Volatip-tile Organic data-tip="Organic"Compound, also known as a VOC. And the less you inhale of those, the better.
Plants like what you exhale, you like what they exhale. Symbiosis. It's a win-win.
No healthy relationship is ever based on secrets, and synthetic fragrances, including the nefarious “unscented” fragrance, can contain hundreds of secret chemicals, none of which have to be shared with you. Improve your label literacy and be aware of what’s really inside the stuff you buy.
It's not like any of us wakes up in the morning and says, “Hmm, I think I’ll soak my clothes in potentially carcinogenic chemicals then wear them over my naked body for the next several hours.” But essentially, that’s the decision many of us are making daily. Cut your body a break, bypass the dry-cleaners who still use perchloroethylene also known as “perc.”
Would you rather your baby chew on plastic or a vegetable? Use frozen celery or bagels instead.
Choose detergents that tell you what’s in their fragrance so you can choose for yourself what goes on baby’s sensitive skin.
Avoid products made with brominated fire retardants and opt for less flammable fabrics and materials like wool and cotton.
It can trap allergens, which may make your baby sick. Stick with natural floors, and always vacuum with HEPA filter.
protect future generations from toxic chemicals
Since the woefully inadequate Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976, tens of thousands of incompletely tested chemicals have entered the marketplace. Under this law, companies are not required to demonstrate that the chemicals in their products are safe before they are sold. Recent studies have detected nearly 300 industrial chemicals in infants, indicating that we are failing to protect our most vulnerable populations.
chemical safety improvement act
One of our highest priorities is working for a strong, effective law to regulate toxic chemicals in the United States. We can protect the health of our children and future generations by strengthening and passing the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013. Until this bill is strengthened, it will not protect children from toxic chemicals, or hold industry responsible for the safety of the chemicals they use.Show Your Support