Plastic pollution is an enormous problem in our world today. For many of us, the idea of plastic pollution conjures up images of plastic baggies and bottles floating in the ocean—and these things truly are a huge problem. But what if we told you that an often-overlooked contributor to the plastic pollution problem is the apparel industry?
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it” – Robert Swan
This quote, coupled with a determination to protect their children, encompasses the principles that Pure Natural Cleaners is founded on. They struggled with their children’s allergic reactions to conventional laundry detergents, and upon learning that their family wasn’t alone in dealing with these reactions, they set out to create a laundry detergent that was harmless to their children’s health and the environment. (more…)
It can be hard to find a safe laundry detergent that you can trust. Some detergents can contain 1,4-dioxane, a cancer-causing chemical that’s a common contaminant from ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate. Laundry detergents can also contain synthetic fragrance ingredients that can get into our bodies and harm our health. One study showed that women who use fragranced laundry detergent during pregnancy had higher levels of tonalide, a common fragrance ingredient that’s a hormone disruptor, in their breast milk. (more…)
Meliora pioneers the new MADE SAFE seal for laundry & cleaning products that don’t contain known toxic chemicals
CHICAGO–Meliora Cleaning Products is leading the way in consumer health and safety by pioneering the revolutionary new MADE SAFE™ (Made with Safe Ingredients) seal for its laundry powder, all-purpose soap, and soap flakes. Items with this emblem are available in stores and on the company’s website starting today. As the first human health certification to cross consumer product categories, the MADE SAFE™seal empowers shoppers to find and purchase items that have been screened for known toxic chemicals so that they can easily find items that are safe for use on their bodies, with their babies, and in their homes. Meliora is the first cleaning product company to achieve MADE SAFE for its products, and joins companies from across the personal care, baby, and household product categories to use this groundbreaking seal. (more…)
Spring is nature’s way of offering a fresh beginning. With the season upon us, we’re reminded to take stock and start anew – which must be why so many people feel inspired to do spring cleaning! Below, you will find our list of areas to focus on cleaning this spring, including product recommendations to help you get the job done. There’s no need to use the toxic chemicals found in conventional cleaning products that pollute your indoor air and harm your health. The MADE SAFE® Certified products we recommend below have earned the MADE SAFE seal by going through our rigorous certification process to ensure that they are ecosystem-sound, meaning they are safe for humans, the environment, and the fellow creatures we share this beautiful planet with.
In the wintertime, perhaps more than any other time of year, we prize our gear. Particularly our outdoor gear making it possible and even fun to be adventuring in the wind, cold, rain and fog. I suppose that’s why they say, there’s no bad weather, just bad clothing. Bottom line, if you’re enjoying outdoor activities, you’ve got performance gear on.
The MADE SAFE® team knows that you’re into healthy living, and that you’re aware harmful substances can be found in many places around the home. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new category for our precious pets! (more…)
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are substances in the environment, usually manmade, that mimic, block or interfere with hormones in the body’s endocrine system. They’re found in a wide variety of consumer goods including carpets, cookware, household dust, fragranced products, furniture, paints, personal care products, plastics, pesticides, certain pharmaceuticals, and unfiltered drinking water (due to contamination).
Textiles are a huge part of our everyday lives—we use them to dry ourselves off from the shower, we clothe our bodies with them, and we sleep inside them when we go to bed at night. For many of us, we may have never given a second thought to the blanket on our bed or our favorite tee—but have you ever stopped to wonder… what’s this product made from? And, does that even matter? (more…)
Textiles are a huge part of our everyday lives—we use them to dry ourselves off from the shower, we clothe our bodies with them, and we sleep inside them when we go to bed at night. For many of us, we may have never given a second thought to the blanket on our bed or our favorite tee—but have you ever stopped to wonder… what’s this product made from? And, does that even matter?
It turns out that fabric and textiles are not as straightforward as we may think. We wrap ourselves in materials that sit on our skin. Our skin, the dermal layer, is actually the bodies’ largest organ. Some of the chemicals used in the production process are skin irritants, while others may have inhalation risks and may cause environmental harm.
Toxic Chemicals in Fabric & Textiles
Understanding what is behind the tag matters—especially for fabrics that come into such close contact with our skin such as apparel, bedding, sofa cushions and more. Read on for some of the chemicals of concern that commonly show up in textiles and, particularly in the clothes we wear.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – PFAS denotes a group of thousands of substances prized for their ability to repel liquid and various stains. This class of chemicals has been associated with cancer, endocrine disruption, and reproductive and developmental harm. The PFAS category of chemicals are often called “forever chemicals” because they are persistent pollutants, meaning they don’t readily break down in the environment. Not surprisingly, some PFAS have consequently been found to accumulate in the human body, with one 2007 study finding PFOA (a type of PFAS chemical) in the blood of 99.7 percent of Americans.
Synthetic fibers – Nylon, rayon, spandex, acrylic, and polyester are all examples of synthetic fibers. These materials are derived from fossil fuels and are not biodegradable. When washed, synthetic fibers shed microplastic fibers, which then contaminate our waterways and harm aquatic life. This paired with a lack of biodegradability makes synthetic fibers a large contributor to plastic pollution. Lastly, synthetic fabrics tend to be less breathable than natural ones. You would never cover your head with a plastic bag – should you cover your skin with it?
Tips for Choosing Better Fabric & Textiles
By shopping smarter, there are ways to reduce exposure to these substances in clothing and textiles, while also doing your skin and health a favor and reducing your consumption of the fast fashion clothing items that contribute to environmental harm.
Shop the MADE SAFE® seal to ensure the product has been fully vetted for substances known or suspected to cause human and ecosystem harm. We have certified hundreds of textile items for everyday living.
Look for fabrics and textiles made with natural materials such as organic cotton, linen, hemp, and responsibly sourced wool and silk.
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Disclaimer: The Initial Look™ Evaluation and the Transformation Partners Program are separate and distinct from and not in any way associated with or related to the MADE SAFE® certification program. Participation in the Initial Look™ Evaluation and/or Transformation Partners Program does not entitle the participant to use the MADE SAFE® certification mark in any manner.