Most have been derived from petroleum and coal tar.
The majority of these synthetic chemicals have never been tested for their acute or long-term effects. Neither have they been tested for their combined or cumulative effects.
Many of these synthetic chemicals have been added to our food, skincare and cleaning products without our consent and knowledge of their potential effects.
Many of these chemicals have also been dispersed widely into the environment contaminating our soil, water and air. Some will persist in the environment for decades and even centuries because they biodegrade slowly and incompletely.
“The average home today contains more toxic chemicals than the average chemistry laboratory at the turn of the century.”
This is a scary thought but a reality in so many households.
Have a look inside your laundry cupboard, in the bathroom and underneath the kitchen sink and see how many different cleaning products you can find.
Most homes contain many more cleaning products than we really need. These cleaners not only contain chemicals that are bad for our health but also create packaging waste that is disposed in our already, overloaded landfills.
We can smell the toxins whenever we use these cleaning products. The label even warns us to wear gloves, avoid contact with skin and eyes, and not to breathe in the fumes.
We need to protect our children when it comes to exposure to toxic chemicals because:
1) they have higher risk of exposure as they tend to crawl and play in areas that could be contaminated
2) they also have an increased hand to mouth activity
3) their smaller body size and developing organs are more susceptible to the toxic effects of these chemicals; damage can be long lasting
4) they also have a reduced ability to eliminate toxins from their developing bodies as their vital organs are less matured.
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