These days toxins are everywhere from the air we breathe, to gardens treated with pesticides, and even clothing on our backs. Try as we might, it can be difficult to eliminate exposure these harmful substances. They sneak their way into our skin, hair and even our internal organs. Toxins are not natural and can cause many diseases. Personal use products and cosmetics can be a gateway to contamination. Fortunately, non-profit Environmental Working Group provides extremely useful information to consumers.
Equipped with a team of scientists, lawyers, engineers, policy experts and computer programmers and their own laboratory; EWG runs tests on products to expose health and environmental threats and helps to find solutions. Consumers have a right to know if what they are buying could pose as potential problems to their well being. Their site has useful information on environmental issues, and unbiased pesticide data and petitions to sign to help make changes in legislature and create new laws. EWG’S section entitled “SkinDeep” gives you access to their database of about 69,000 personal care and cosmetic products and rates them on a scale of 0 to 10 based on toxicity, chemical potency and the effect each individual product could have on the human body. Since 2004 EWG provides great service and excellent resources to consumers.
xo Lauren 🙂