What do you think about when you hear “everyday safety”? Wearing a bicycle helmet? Driving prudently? Having appropriate shelter? Though these are all worthy topics, few people consider the safety (or lack thereof) that comes from the stuff they use every single day of their lives.

You might be slowly killing yourself and the planet.

What do you put on your face, in your mouth, and in your home? What do you use to wash your hair and your dishes? All the things you take for granted, the little things, are the ones that add up in big ways when it comes to safety for your body, your family and mother Earth.

How many of us stop to research the ingredients found in our everyday personal care and household products?  Would it bother you to know that a flame retardant chemical banned in 2004 is still showing up in the chord blood of newborns (passed on from their mommies)? How about 1,4-Dioxane, a contaminant  used as a solvent; it’s found in many shampoos, facial cleansers, body wash, bubble bath, baby bath, and liquid soap.

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Sulfates, surfactants, parabens, BPA’s…And on and on the list goes. Over 1,300 known toxic chemicals are banned from personal care and household products in Europe. In the USA, that number is 11.

You read it correctly.

Eleven chemicals banned in the States, compared to more than 1,300 in Europe!!!

Seriously!? Fortunately for us Canadians, the number is closer to European standards, though there is still a long way to go.

It would be overwhelming to research and all the chemicals found in the everyday products we use on ourselves and in our home in order to make the correct informed choices for our health and the environment.

Fortunately, we don’t have to! EWG is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization whose “mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.”

EWG-verified products are the gold-standard in the health and wellness space. Not sure if a product is safe? Head over to http://www.ewg.org and look it up, it’s that simple. There is even an EWG app that allows you to scan the bar-code of your product to get an instant safety rating.

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Listen, I’m not for extremes. Being paranoid about every little thing you use and do is not helpful and can be detrimental to your health – your mental health! But you CAN be an informed consumer. You CAN make better decisions and choices. And you CAN affect the market!

Maybe if enough of us stop buying and using toxic products that are changing the cellular structure of our bodies and destroying the Earth, the powers that be will wake up. At the very least, the manufacturers of the toxin-containing products will go out of business.

Safe and naturally-sourced products have always been a part of my life, at least since I was in my late teenage years. It always mattered to me. Now, more and more people are catching on.

You see “natural” products everywhere. But you have to be vigilant: some companies make false claims. Also, many natural products feel ineffective, for example a shampoo that doesn’t foam due to the fact that harmful surfactants are not used in its formulation. You just don’t feel as clean, even though you know it’s working…

So how do you know and where do you go to find products that ares safe and that work? I used to have to make 3 or 4 stops at various health food stores to get all my supplies from brands I trust.

Now, I have a one-stop shop. I am so very grateful to be able to do all my shopping, from shampoo to laundry detergent, through one online retailer.  Yes, the shampoo foams! This company, who sources, rigorously tests and manufactures all their own products, has put out the first-ever EWG-verified toothpaste and mouthwash! No more running around, no more wondering. It comes delivered to my door, and it doesn’t cost a fortune. Yay!

Full disclosure: I am a distributor/marketer for this company, and happily so 🙂

There isn’t just one place to get safe products. Ask around, do some digging and go for what feels right for you. Download the EWG app, and start with one thing; the next time you need to buy shampoo, scan your favourite brand and see what comes up.

Maybe you’ll choose to use something that won’t cause trans-generational toxicity and destroy our collective home.

Lean into it, and the changes will be easy to make. The world will thank you for it!