For anyone with a beloved furry friend, we all know just how much our pets feel like members of our family. Many of us are vigilant about various aspects of our pet’s health such as their food, exercise and supplements, but perhaps we haven’t considered the ways our pets may be exposed to toxicants in our own homes.
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…)
I recently gave a TEDx talk in the Berkshires speaking about environmentally-induced illness and disease. Did you know that one quarter of all deaths worldwide could be prevented if we mitigated environmental exposures?
If you want to learn more about how exposures to endocrine-disrupting and other toxic chemicals in our everyday lives rob us of our health and wellbeing, then watch my full talk (we’ll post it here as soon as it’s ready!) In the meantime, here are five things I would urge you to start doing now to reduce your exposure to harmful substances:
Hand soap: you use it every day, but have you ever turned the bottle around and wondered what’s in there? Or perhaps, the better question to ask is, what shouldn’t be in there? Take a look at a few of the common ingredients added into liquid hand soap formulations to learn what to avoid.
Hand washing with soap is considered the first line of defense for hygiene, but when that option isn’t available, hand sanitizers are a big help. The first thing to consider when shopping for hand sanitizer is the active ingredient, which is the ingredient that performs the sanitizing.
Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love of all kinds. While our kids are writing notes and sending chocolates, we can’t help but think about the different forms of intimacy. And thinking about intimacy leads us to the concerning ingredients found in many sexual health products.
This blog is filled with tips for avoiding yucky ingredients that have no place in your intimacy plans. Products that are used in sensitive areas of your body are especially important to consider, as the tissue in these areas is more permeable than the rest of your skin. That’s why sexual health products should not be made with or contaminated by potentially harmful or harsh ingredients. Read on to learn about some common ingredients better left outside of the bedroom. (more…)
We spend a lot of time thinking about the ingredients in our facial products and hair care, but what about our shower routine? What are we cleansing our bodies with every day – and what’s washing down the drain?(more…)
Preparing for motherhood isn’t always an easy journey, let alone planning for the arrival of a little one in the midst of a global health crisis. Many women are finding themselves treading water in a sea of unknowns beyond what is the common experience in the transition to motherhood. For MADE SAFE, this hits especially close to home as our team member, Elizabeth, found herself in this very position. Elizabeth kindly offered to share her experience in the hopes that it may encourage other mothers who may be walking a similar road right now.
When I started MADE SAFE I wanted to help bring about change to the everyday products that we use and to the things we all invite into our homes. We either use these items daily or they are part of our rituals, but we hardly ever think about the impact they may have on our health or on the environment. I wanted to unveil the mystery surrounding these things and reveal the truth that, in fact, there is no single overarching agency harmonizing a sensible, precautionary approach to chemical use in the United States today.
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