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14 Star Wars Reactions That Explain How We Feel About Toxic Chemicals

In honor of Star Wars Day, we have gathered some of our favorite Jedi, Sith and Droid moments to share some of our reactions to toxic chemicals in our lives. May the 4th Be With You! may-the-fourth-4th-be-with-you-memes-gifs-star-wars-day-18

1.When you find out 90% of breast cancer cases are attributed to the environment.

Only 10% of breast cancer cases are due to family history. CRAZY RIGHT!?

2. The first time you try to understand an ingredient label.

star wars bad feeling It's scary to look BUT you gotta do it!

3. That moment someone tells you that Europe has banned over 1000 chemicals and the FDA has only banned 9.

Princess-Leia-Carrie-Fisher-GIF WHAT!? Yeah we still can't believe the rest of the world is ahead of us.

4. When you find out that it's normal to spray toxins on our produce.

star wars darth maul Yeah, we feel the same way! UGH.

4. The moment you realize your favorite deodorant contains Aluminum, linked to Alzheimer's and breast cancer.

star wars chosen NOT COOL MAN!

5. When your favorite cosmetic brand gets all hazardous health scores on EWG's Skin Deep.

darth vader no gif So many FEELS. 🙁

6. Figuring out that the stuff that makes your shampoo foam is actually linked to cancer.

star wars han solo Time to find something nontoxic! Maybe we can find something organic on Naboo.

7.When you find out companies don't have to list all the chemicals in "fragrance".

star wars trap WHY DON'T THEY TELL US!? That's mean.

8. When someone tries to spray something on you and you don't know the ingredients.

star wars yoda WHOA, whoa , whoa. Step away from my BODY.

9. When you enter the cleaning product isle with your Think Dirty App.

star wars lightsabers I'm SO READY! Let's DOOOOOOO this.

10. When a company says that they are going to try to phase out a harmful chemical in their products.

star-wars-yoda-do-not-try Seriously, so ANNOYING.

11. When a someone from the poultry industry tries to explain why it's ok for Arsenic to be in chicken.

boring I can't even. LIKE CAN'T EVEN.

12. The moment you decide you're not going to take this toxic crap anymore.

star wars wave BYE FELICA!

13. When you go non toxic and never look back.

star wars deathstar WE OUT! 🙂
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WTF Is In Fragrance And Is It harmful!?

WTF Is In Fragrance!? Go to your bathroom and look at the labels on your lotion, perfume, body wash, shampoo and bathroom spray. Does it say fragrance on the label? Have you ever wondered WTF that means? What ingredients are in this mysterious fragrance? Well, it turns out that there may be a good reason that companies don’t want to list exactly what is in “fragrance.”

So why is fragrance so bad?

According to the Environmental Working Group, the average fragrant contains about 14 secret chemicals that aren’t listed on the label, many of which are linked to hormone disruption and allergic reactions, as well as about 80 percent of them not being tested for human safety in personal care products.

How can Fragrance ever be allowed?

You may be wondering. Fragrance acts as a loophole on the FDA’s regulation of personal care products. They are considered a trade secret under the Fair Package and Labeling act of 1966, allowing companies to not list ingredients so their formula cannot be replicated easily. Unfortunately, this gives brands an opportunity to add in cost effective, but toxic, chemicals to their products to make a scent that is “better” than natural, because it is in fact not even close to the real thing. They use these chemicals to make sure the spray disperses well and because it lingers for longer, giving the desired effect of perfume and body spray, but at what cost?

What does Fragrance do to us?

When a product is sprayed into the air, it doesn’t just affect the person that sprayed it, but can cause many problems for other people around. It can throw their bodies into a frenzy of reactive behavior and trigger migraines, allergy symptoms, asthma, chronic lung disease and other health conditions. And even if people do not have immediate symptoms from these chemicals, due to the lack of testing these chemicals, we don’t actually know the long-term effects of spraying or rubbing them on our highly sensitive skin every single day. Perfumes are not the only culprit; these effects can come from furniture, adhesives, cleaning supplies, paints and even paper.   WTF Is In Fragrance!?

Do we even know what chemicals are actually in Fragrance?

EWG found that about 75 percent of products that list fragrance contain the hormone disrupting chemical, phthalates. Phthalates, used to make fragrances last longer, have been linked to many hazardous health conditions, such as reduced sperm count, liver and breast cancers, reproductive malformation and diabetes. This carcinogen has been banned in many countries (EU, Japan, South Korea, Canada, even China), but our government sets such an intense level of proven harm for these chemicals that some say it’s almost impossible to reach. Companies voluntarily comply with many safety standards, but the current law does not require that cosmetic ingredients be free of certain harmful health effects before they are put on the shelves. Even is a chemical is finally put on the chopping block, it can take years for the government to be able to phase out the chemical with the help of the Environmental Protection Agency.

How can I avoid fragrance?

Like with many other personal product worries, it’s up to us to protect ourselves. The main, and easiest, strategy is to check the labels on the products you buy. To be safe, you want to avoid any product that simply labels “Fragrance” with no other explanation. Some companies list the exact ingredients in parentheses next to the word fragrance, to see how toxic they are, you can enter them into the EWG’s Skin Deep database and know exactly how hazardous they are. Some products may say “Fragrance-free”, “unscented” or “free and clear”, be careful here as well. Many times these phrases mean that they just contain a chemical that masks the scent of other chemical ingredients. The very best option is too only use products that use essential oils and herbs to create their scented products, or make them yourself with these awesome product recipes from Coconut Mama. You can even avoid scents all together and rely on your own awesome natural scent, often found more attractive anyway.

What is being done about making fragrance safe?

Non-profits like Breast Cancer Fund are at the forefront of the TSCA debate and continue to urge the house and the senate towards chemicals policy reform so we can make breast cancer, and other cancers, a public health priority. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is another organization that is bringing the demand for safer cosmetics to Congress by forming petitions, hosting events, and leading grassroots efforts for change. There is hope for a safer cosmetic future, but we have to make it a priority in our cities, counties and states that lawmakers can no longer ignore. Until we can get the government to regulate these chemicals and stop allowing companies to be able to omit them from labels (and we’ll keep trying), one thing we can do is spread the word to our friends and family and always take the initiative to look out for our own well-being.
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Spring Cleaning Checklist: 7 Dirty & Allergen Filled Places You Don’t Think To Clean

cleaning We all know the obvious dirty places to clean up on the regular; the toilet, sink, garbage cans, floors, counter tops, but there are many places in our homes that we don’t think to clean when we are making our chore rounds. Dust build up indoors can cause you even more suffering during the already tough spring allergy season. Dust allergies make it difficult to breath and can trigger other symptoms like wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes and asthma. There’s not much you can do about the allergens present outside your home, but inside is a different story. We love getting into the spring-cleaning spirit this time of year, but we may only be scratching the surface of the dirty and dusty areas that really make a difference for our air quality. Deeper cleans every once and awhile can cleanse your living space of even more dust and germs and can have more of a positive impact on your indoor quality of life than you may think. Studies show that eight out of ten people are exposed to dust mites, and six out of ten are exposed to pet dander while indoors. You can’t really avoid these build-ups, it's just part of life, but just a few more aggressive cleans, more often, can drastically improve your indoor breathing and help relieve asthma and allergy symptoms. There may be a little silver lining when it comes to having chronic allergies; studies have shown that people experiencing allergy symptoms often have a slightly lower risk of developing cancer. Luckily, there are many natural remedies, like these from Wellness Mama, helping to relieve our terrible allergy woes, but cleaning out these commonly used nooks and crannies can help even more! Here's your Spring Cleaning Checklist. coffeemaker

Drip Coffee Machine

We clean out the parts we use every day, but the water that runs through isn’t hot enough to kill all the bacteria and mold that can thrive in those wet and dark environments. All you have to do is pour a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water through the machine once a month, let it sit for about an hour and then continue the brewing cycle. pillows


Pillows are a huge factor for avoiding indoor allergy symptoms and it has been discovered that most fungal exposure happens at home from bedding. It doesn’t help that we spend all night every night drooling and sweating and shedding skin on our pillows, which dust mites seem to love. All you have to do is regularly wash your bedding to keep conditions less attractive to those mighty dust mites. dirtyshoes


Anything we bring from the outside world can track bacteria and allergens, but studies have shown that shoes can carry large amounts of bacteria that can infect clean floors and bring more pollen and dander in your home. There isn’t a perfect way to deal with this, but washing shoes that are washable is a good idea and also having a no shoes indoors policy. Those moms who made us leave our shoes at the door had it right all along! books


The books we leave on the bookshelf look great, but they often collect a lot of dust. If you’re just dusting around the books on the bookshelf than you could be missing a lot of dust on top of the books. The easiest way to get rid of that pesky dust is to use a vacuum attachment and vacuum the tops of the books, or remove them for a deep clean. lamp


Have you checked your lampshades out lately? They can collect dust and dander faster than you can sneeze. You can use a vacuum cleaner just like the books to take care of this or Apartment Therapy has some easy ways to take care of this without one. toothbrush

Toothbrush & Toothbrush Holder

Aside from our toothbrushes cleaning all the bacteria in our mouths, it lives in one of the germiest parts of the house, the bathroom. Bacteria build-up in your toothbrush holder can contaminate your toothbrush and should be cleaned regularly. The ADA suggests that we keep our toothbrushes in a cabinet where they are out of reach from fecal contaminates in the air and to replace toothbrushes every 3-4 months. To clean your toothbrush holder, simply soak in three parts water and one part vinegar for an hour. teapot

Tea Pot

Similar to the coffee maker, we often use this every day and probably don’t give it the deep cleaning it needs often enough. It stays on our stove for easy access, but that causes it to accumulate dust, grime and grease from cooking. Soak the tea pot inside with 50/50 white vinegar and water and use an all-purpose spray to scrub down the outside once a month to keep your tea only full of yummy health benefits and absent of bacteria build-up. By simply cleaning these few things in your every day life, you can cut down on allergen and bacteria significantly, helping you stay healthier and happier during the months with high allergy struggs. Check out the essential ingredients, you may already have, to make your own super non toxic and bacteria fighting DIY cleaning products.
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