As consumers become more and more aware of the impact of their purchases, they are beginning to show concern for the abundance of toxic chemicals used in every day life. It is wise to arm yourself with knowledge concerning these substances, and to eliminate or at least reduce your exposure. Elizabeth Renter of Eat the Sunlight gives us 5 of the most health damaging chemicals to look out for and try to avoid.
“Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical found in plastics, often in food containers like those reusable food storage bowls and lids. It is also found in the linings of canned foods.” BPA leaches into food from these sources and can disrupt the hormones, causing a range of health problems.
Volatile Organic Compounds are found in a variety of household products, including paint, pesticides, cleaning compounds, and more, which means that we are often exposed in our homes. The EPA warns, “VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects.”
“Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) can be found in nonstick cookware and some fabrics. They are linked to cancer and birth defects.”
Triclosan is used in antibacterial soaps and can contribute to antibiotic resistance and the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
5. Household Cleaners
Organic Consumers says of most household cleaners, “Some cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer.”
There are natural substances that offer effective cleaning power without the toxic exposure. Homemade cleaners using simple ingredients such as lemon juice, vinegar and essential oils are often just as effective as conventional cleaners.
Do your best to avoid these 5 toxic chemicals. Doing so will protect you and your family from a variety of health concerns both now and in the future.