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There's a long list of products you should avoid. The best rule of thumb is if you can't pronounce it, there's a good chance it's not good to put on your body.
Consider downloading the Healthy Living App and scanning products to see how they rate on a scale of 1-10. (1 being very green, and 10 being toxic.)
Try to look at products with a wholistic lens: the company producing it and where they harvest the ingredients, the container it's in- can it be reused or recycled?, and the ingredients themselves.
(Keep in mind, products you use end up in the water so it doesn't stop with your body absorbing them!)
- The most environmentally friendly choice is a bar of soap with no covering to cut back on plastic.
- Avoid artificial dyes and fragrance.
- Stay away from parabens, sulfates, phosphates, and phthalates.
- Look for a location you can refill liquid soap at.
- Look for limited ingredients, organic, and palm oil free
- Purchasing at a health food store is typically a good bet for green options
- Stay away from fragrance!
- Consider creating your own face masks with fruits and vegetables. (Don't forget to compost when you're done!)
- Make sure to only use 100% organic cotton or bamboo tampons to avoid chemicals and off-gassing.
- Consider reusable pads and period underwear.
- Menstrual cups have been shown to eradicate, or minimalize cramps and period symptoms.
- Visit the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to learn more and find out which companies are more reputable.
- "Cruelty-free" and "No animal testing" are labels that are not regulated or verified
- Instead look for the Leaping Bunny logo which indicates a pledge not to conduct or commission animal testing in accordance with the Coalition on Consumer Information on Cosmetics. CCIC also has a list of companies certified as refraining from animal testing.
- Finding makeup at health food stores like Natural Grocers is usually a good place to start.
- Avoid antiperspirants- sweating releases toxins, you're supposed to sweat!
- Look for herb-scented deodorants instead of "fragrances"
- Find a location that has a refillable deodorant stick. (Fill and Refill in Edwards).
- Higher SPF sunscreens contain higher concentrations of chemicals.
- SPF 15 prevents 93% of the suns radiation
- SPF 30 prevents 97% of the suns radiation
- SPF 50 prevents 98% of the suns radiation
- SPF 100 prevents 99% of the suns radiation
- Use the type that provides "broad spectrum protection" including UVA and UVB
- Mineral sunscreens like zinc oxide and titanium oxide are great, but if you can, look for those ingredients that are NOT "micro-sized" or show "non-nano". This means the zinc oxide and titanium oxide don't have the opportunity to seep into your skin. If it shows up white, that's a good sign.
- Being "reef friendly" is not regulated.
- Fluoride is harmful if swallowed or overused, with toothpaste ingestion remaining the main source of fluoride toxicity. You might want to use a natural toothpaste that does not have fluoride.
- Consider looking for compostable, zero waste floss, and/or reusable floss holder.
- Did you know Listerine used to be used for surgical antiseptic and floor cleaner? Instead of killing off germs both good and bad, consider using a metal tongue scraper to rid yourself of mouth bacteria.
- If using DEET, make sure to use repellant with less than 30% DEET and do not spray on skin.
- Wash off as soon as you get back indoors.
- Plants such as citronella, lemongrass, eucalyptus, pennyroyal, neem, lavender, cedarwood, cloves, peppermint, and many other oils have proven to repel insects as well.
- Notice how some people are more susceptible to mosquito bite than others? Test out different sprays that mix with your scent to see what works best for you.