Popular ‘green’ products test positive for toxicant (LA TIMES)
A cancer-causing chemical is found in almost half of 100 such goods studied.
New tests of 100 “natural” and “organic” soaps, shampoos and other consumer products show that nearly half of them contained a cancer-causing chemical that is a byproduct of petrochemicals used in manufacturing.
Many items that tested positive for the carcinogen are well-known brands, including Kiss My Face, Alba, Seventh Generation and Nature’s Gate products, sold in retail stores across the nation.
The findings of the Organic Consumers Assn., a consumer advocacy group, are sending a jolt through the natural products industry. Gathering today in Anaheim for a national trade show, many leaders worry that the test results will taint the industry in the eyes of the public.
Of the 100 products tested, 47 had detectable levels of 1,4-dioxane, which the Environmental Protection Agency has declared a probable human carcinogen because it causes cancer in lab animals.Read article
Oh dear! Lucky for us urban homesteaders we only have one of the named companies — Seventh Generation toilet paper. As for beauty products, in our bathroom at the moment: Apple cider vinegar, sea salt, Dr Bronners Castile Soap, handmade soaps, baking soda, Beeceutical & Secrets of Eden.
Although we were already suspicious of products with ingredients that we couldn’t pronounce and have steered away from such toxic products for many, many years to make matters even more complicated now one has to even be leery of so called “natural products.” The article validates why we conscious folks should take our healthy and beauty into our own hands — DIY and make your own. Making your own is fun, easy and may even save your life.
I know this article will make me think twice about picking up a natural product (when I don’t have time to make my own)
Know any “natural” companies /products that didn’t make the list so that our readers can look for alternatives to the named companies/products mentioned in the article?
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