Women are the main consumers in U.S. families. We run the show and manufacturers know it. They cater to us. They give us what we want so they can profit. As consumers, we have a daunting responsibility we’re not taking seriously when we shop.
This article is your wakeup call. We absolutely need to stop brushing the subject of chemicals in our products under the rug and seriously start acting.
The word is out everywhere we look—products made from unsafe, synthetic chemicals are harmful to our health and our planet—not just a little harmful—we’re talking harmful on a huge scale.
Hi, I’m Jan Tucker, founder of White Lotus Living, author of Beyond Green Blog and founder of www.whitelotusliving.com.
The name, Beyond “Green,” alludes to the unfortunate fact that the green movement has been tainted by companies that know they can sell more products by marketing them as “green,” “eco-friendly,” “containing no phosphates [or whatever]“, etc., whether the products are free of harmful chemicals or not.
These companies are exploiting our strong and growing desire to purchase only products that will not harm us. They are falsely advertising products that still contain harmful chemicals. This applies equally to our well-known brands. Some of these companies are making an effort to remove harmful chemicals, but they are doing so in steps. Others don’t intend to reformulate their products—they’re just selling them as is, and telling us they’re safe. We’re a great market for them—we keep happily buying up what they give us.
How Bad Is It?
I will go as far as to say that 99% of the products I select from the shelf contain harmful chemicals. A few years ago, a study confirmed that the number is 95%. We have to face this fact. In 2005, the U.S. either imported or manufactured 42 billion pounds of chemicals—get this—not every year, but every DAY! That’s 136 pounds of chemicals PER person in our country PER DAY! Does this help you to see why almost all of our products contain harmful chemicals? Chemicals are cheap to produce, and that makes the products cheap to make. But it also makes them unsafe—very unsafe! (more…)