Going Green without Becoming an Expert

When you first take on the subject of toxic chemicals, as a layman, it can be extremely confusing. There is so much information and so many dangerous chemicals in our immediate environment, it makes you just want to stay in the closet all day. And that’s assuming your closet wasn’t recently redecorated with off-gassing paint, isn’t filled with the formaldehyde used in no-iron, wash and wear clothes, and so on. Really, it can be overwhelming.

In fact, it’s not. Believe it or not, it’s quite simple. In fact, a better approach – rather than learning EVERYTHING that isn’t good for you, is probably to learn everything that IS.

Here are things to look for on labels – some are things you want to look for, and some are things you want to avoid.

1. Wood
2. Cotton
3. Linen
4. Hemp
5. Silk
6. Organic anything (assuming the label fully discloses all information and isn’t just referring to a small percentage of the ingredients/product and so on)
7. No antibiotics
8. No hormones
9. Preservative-free
10. Phthalates-free
11. Propylene glycol-free
12. Aluminum-free
13. Sodium laurel/laureth sulfate (SLS) free
14. Fragrance free or unscented (although you might want to check into this product by product, label by label, because the definitions are not clear)
15. No artificial fragrance
16. No artificial color (or dye)
17. BPA-free

That’s not a very big list but, believe it or not, if you used it as a guideline, you’d probably eliminate 75% of the potential harmful chemicals in your life!

Want to get a head start without earning a PhD? Implement the list above and see how much progress you can make!

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