Friday, September 30, 2011

Yes to Carrots, Free of Parabens


Yes to Carrots is a line of cosmetics, hair products, and body lotions that is committed to providing high quality items made from natural ingredients. Yes to Carrots uses certified organic fruits and vegetables in the making of their products, and main ingredients in their lip care line include coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba, beeswax, peppermint oil, sunflower seed oil, and of course…carrot root extract.

Yes to Carrots items are paraben-free. Paraben is used in a wide array of topical preparations that we use every day, including soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, makeup, shaving cream, etc. Paraben is a preservative that was previously believed to have low toxicity. It has recently been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, hormone abnormalities, and infertility due to its estrogenic qualities. Check this out for more information on parabens and their hazards.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Kids Konserve: Reusable Waste-free Lunch Packs

Kids Konserve

The Kids Konserve company was started by Lynn Julian and Chance Claxton out of a growing need for waste-free lunch packing products. Kids Konserve lunch sets are 100% reusable and made from the safest materials around today: non-leaching, non-toxic, BPA, PVC, phthalate, and lead-free.

It’s obvious that the less we throw away, the better our environment and overall health. But what about the materials in our kitchen? What about the containers we use to store our food? Why is it so important that we stay away from BPA, phthalates, etc?

BPA, or Bisphenol-A, is a plastic additive that has been linked to obesity, breast cancer, neurological disorders, thyroid dysfunction, reproductive disorders, behavioral problems, and much more. Phthalates are added to plastics to increase durability and flexibility. They are linked to endocrine disruption (unnatural and dangerous changes to hormone levels), metabolic disorders, obesity, insulin resistance, liver and testicular damage, severe allergies, asthma, etc. In other words, these are the kinds of materials we want to keep away from our bodies.

And it’s not difficult to do so, especially as more and more companies catch on and develop more suitable products to match our needs. For those companies that haven’t clued in yet, be sure to voice your concerns. Give them a phone call, send emails, do your part to make things better. Every little bit helps.
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