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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Green-Washing, Out-Gassing, TV Commercials.... Huh?

You find out you're pregnant!  Congratulations!  This is one of the most exciting times in your life.  You can't wait to watch how your body changes.  Your first ultrasound is incredible.  This little being growing inside you.  You can't wait to see your baby, hold your baby, smell your baby, etc...

Then a little panic might set in.  You will be responsible for this new little one.  You want to make sure you have the safest environment for your new baby.... you check the safety of car seats, high chairs, cribs, etc... You want nothing but the best for your little person.

How many soon-to-be-parents even think about things like what they clean the house with?  What they do laundry with?  What they plan to bathe the baby in?

Sad fact is, many don't.  Many people just assume that if a product is sold, then it must be safe.  We get drawn into the commercials for baby shampoo... safe...natural...delicate... they use all the right words to suck us in.  But, take a step back and think for a second.  What is the purpose of the commercial?  TO SELL THE PRODUCT!  Does that mean what they are telling you in that commercial is 100% fact?  Come on, we're smarter than that... aren't we?

Every single commercial is trying to sell something... whether it be a product or a service.  They are marketing geniuses, aren't they?  Spraying Lysol around the daycare... on the toys... then the kids picking up the toys.  So, it must be safe, right??  Or is it??

You owe it to yourself and your family to DO YOUR RESEARCH!  Find out what you are really bringing into your home.  Products on the market today are filled with toxic chemicals.  Why?  They are CHEAP.  Box stores like WalMart will only stock a manufacturers product if it falls within their price guidelines.  WalMart promotes what?  Quality products?  Nope!  They promote: CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP.

A few years back when 2x concentrated laundry detergent came out on the market, WalMart told the manufacturers that in order for them to continue carrying their products, they all had to have a 2x detergent available at a low cost.  Guess what happened?  The manufacturers created a 2x concentration using more water and more fillers.  Huh.  So here you are, the consumer, buying a product you think is better... but is it really?

Look around for a moment.  Look at the different health problems people have today compared to 20 years ago.  What the heck happened?  Chemicals happened.  Synthetic products happened.  Lifestyles of fast, convenience happened.  But at what cost?  Our health?

This may surprise you, studies have found that levels of several chemicals around the home are on average 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors. Hence the important of making good choices in what kinds of products you choose for your home and certainly avoiding renovations, painting the house, lacquering or varnishing furniture and so on throughout your preconception preparation and during your pregnancy. Newly painted wall can outgas for up to 6months after coating!

What is "outgassing"?  This is when the chemicals in your bottles seep through the bottle even when tightly closed.  It is also the chemicals that seep into the air we breathe from residue left on surfaces... clothing... counters, floors, toys, etc...

Let's look at infertility....
  1. Chemicals are hormone (or endocrine) disruptors—this means they directly and indirectly negatively affect your health and fertility in a MAJOR way. So by reducing exposure to a great number of the things you don’t really need in your life and that can be replaced by more natural and less toxic alternatives you will maximize your fertility and the chances of having the healthiest possible baby.
  2. Chemicals are persistent and linger in the environment (in some cases) forever because they simply do not break down, therefore chemical contamination become our legacy for future generations as well;
  3. Chemicals are bio-accumulative, just like heavy metals they build up in our bodies and the bodies of animals, being passed down along generations causing disease.
So, what are the options?  There ARE options.  Stop believing what you see on TV.  Stop believing that everything sold at the store is safe.  Green-washing is HUGE today.  This is when a manufacturer makes their product LOOK like a safer, greener product... but is it really??  Keep in mind ~ manufacturers will do anything to sell their product.  It's up to YOU to do your research and really find what is and isn't safe.

I found an amazing manufacturer of SAFE products.  Been shopping here for almost 11 years.  I don't sell the products, I am not a distributor... I am simply a customer.  Want to learn more?  Visit http://www.switchingstores.com/nicolebennett

1 comment:

  1. What great info on the difference between quality products for our families and the other junk they try to sell us everyday! Thanks for sharing Nicole!

    :)Heather Harter