Some of The 2012 headlines that scared the Bejesus out of parents and caused many to change their ways.
In April, consumer advocates blew the whistle on Proctor and Gamble as the toxin 1,4 dioxane was found in Tide Free and Gentle laundry detergent in laboratory tests. If you find this unpalatable as I did, know that there is petition asking Proctor and Gamble to remove this ingredient. You can sign it here and join almost 80,000 people who have already signed. Sadly I was one of the believers that Tide actually made a cleaner detergent and was buying this product. This story made me a convert to totally naturally laundry detergent. Why take chances?
In August Johnson & Johnson stunned parents by admitting they used harmful carcinogens in their products, AND most notably in their baby products. Yes, they vowed to clean up their mess by 2015 but baby won’t be a baby by then so really who wants to stick around and wait? Like me, many people had the fear of G*d put in them by this story and have switched to all natural care for the whole family including baby. And its good to note that J & J are the only behemoth cosmetic co. who has admitted using such carcinogens. Many other huge cosmetic co.s use these horrible ingredients as well but perhaps are counting on the fact that most don’t read product labels in detail.
In September just in time for back to school, news broke that Disney backpacks and lunchboxes contained toxic chemicals. A mom, Lori Alper is taking on Disney to get them to remove the toxins on behalf of all of our children. This woman deserves kudos from parents everywhere for her heroic efforts as she continues to work on Disney through the end of 2012. If you admire her as I do, you can follow her on her blog Groovy Green Living.
And a story I read in September that blew my mind, focused on the findings from the work by chemist Arlene Blum. Basically if you read her story, you will find out about ‘killer couch chemicals’. I know hard to believe a whole industry is sending poison into our homes but read her story and chances are you may find you own a ‘killer couch’. Sad thing is that it is taking years and years..a whole generation for this issue to be addressed. Arlene Blum started her research in 1976 citing the killer chemical then found in kids pj’s as a mutagen. It was removed from pj’s but not from couches…my kids sit on couches. what about yours?
And just the other day the Chicago Tribune ran a frightening article citing the flame retardant chemical, Chlorinated Tris is commonly found in baby crib mattresses. As a mom whose kids are now out of baby matresses, I wonder if their little bodies were subjected to the harmful chemical a few years ago? Horrible thought but what it does do is make me believe in organic bed matresses all-round especially for kids.
So as we go into 2013 knowing this info, the message is any hint of toxin in a product you use or use on your kids, is good reason for a change. Sadly it can take a fight and/or years of research before a government or industry bans use of a killer chemical.
Here’s to a more informed and healthier 2013.