Toxic-Free Living

Learn about hazardous ingredients and potential health risks in consumer products and how to create a toxic-free life.

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RESOURCES:

  • See the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Skin Deep database (lists over 100,000 products from 3700 brands)


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Green Home Cleaning

An increasing number of people are becoming more aware of the toxic hazards that lurk around the home. There are a host of health and environmental dangers associated with a large number of the products we commonly use for cleaning.

The average household contains a wide variety of toxic chemicals that we’re exposed to routinely. Ingredients in common household products have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity.

About Safer Choice
To help you find cleaning and other products that are safer for you, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the Safer Choice label. Everyone plays a role in protecting our families’ health and the environment. Products with the Safer Choice label help consumers and commercial buyers identify products with safer chemical ingredients, without sacrificing quality or performance.

About 1,900 products currently qualify to carry the Safer Choice label. Safer Choice-certified products are available for use in homes and in facilities like schools, hotels, offices, and sports venues.

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Personal Care Products

Every day, the average person applies a wide variety of personal care products to their body, from shampoos and conditioners to lotions, fragrances, deodorants, and makeup. Unbeknownst to most of us, these products can contain a cocktail of chemicals, some of which may pose risks to our health. Environmental and health research indicates that ingredients commonly found in personal care products, such as parabens, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances, have been linked to a range of health concerns including hormonal imbalances, skin irritations, reproductive issues, and even cancer. We hope you will take this information to heart and seek safer, non-toxic alternatives.

Find out more

REPORT: Chemicals in Cosmetics Used by Washington Residents (PDF) - Report to the Washington Legislature - January 2023

Discover EWG VERIFIED®
With thousands of consumer products on the market, it can be overwhelming to know which ones are safer and healthier for your family. The EWG VERIFIED® mark does the work for you.

MORE about EWG's Skindeep project | About the EWG Verified® Mark

 

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Pesticides and Home Exposures

The widespread use of pesticides is undermining our children’s health and intelligence

Children today are sicker than they were a generation ago, and a growing body of scientific evidence points to pesticides as a reason why. All the data and statistics we have available today confirm it. From childhood cancers to learning disabilities and asthma, a wide range of childhood diseases and disorders are on the rise.

See our Pesticides and Home Exposures page to read more about what you can do to reduce or eliminate exposure to toxic chemicals in:

Mothballs/MothCrystals
Moss
Cleaners (on your roof and in your driveway)
Slug traps
Ants
Insect traps
Insect Repellants

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Children's Health

Our children’s health is at risk in modern society

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Community Engagement

Are you interested in addressing some of these consumer issues with community groups you are a part of?

We would be happy to help you accomplish that with educational presentations. Please fill out our request form (LINK to request form) to start the process.



Are you interested in addressing some of these consumer issues with community groups you are a part of?

We'd be happy to help you accomplish that with educational presentations. Please fill out our request form below to start the process. Thank you.

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Discover EWG VERIFIED®
With thousands of consumer products on the market, it can be overwhelming to know which ones are safer and healthier for your family. The EWG VERIFIED® mark does the work for you.

About 1,900 products currently qualify to carry the Safer Choice label. Safer Choice-certified products are available for use in homes and in facilities like schools, hotels, offices, and sports venues.

MORE

About the EWG Verified® Mark

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In terms of household cleaners, neither ingredients nor products must meet any sort of safety standard, nor is any testing data or notification required before bringing a product to market.
— Rebecca Sutton, PhD, senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group