My Reaction to the UN Report on Man-Made Chemicals
A report released Tuesday says the man-made chemicals in products we use every day-toys, perfumes, beverage containers and more-are likely responsible for at least some cancers, birth defects and psychiatric problems. How do parents approach the use of chemicals in their homes? Yahoo News asked for some perspectives. Here’s one.
FIRST PERSON | Rather than be shocked by the UN’s release of a new report that states that man-made chemicals are the cause of many health problems, I feel hopeful.
Much of what the report states has been proposed by “green” and organic advocates for years, so to me it’s nothing new. What makes me hopeful, however, is that it might finally be the catalyst needed to induce change in the industry. I am a 27-year-old mom to a 4-year-old, so this report is very important to me.
I first started paying more attention to the questionable chemicals used in everyday products when I was pregnant with my daughter. I began by buying only sulfate- and phthalate-free shampoos, and natural baby products whenever I could find a good alternative. I threw out my beloved Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo and started using more natural shampoos such as Burt’s Bees baby shampoo, and once experimented with making my own shampoo using Castile soap.
I use natural cleaning products around the house, such as the Method line of cleaning products and Green Works. Ultimately I’d like to switch to making my own cleaners using all natural things like vinegar and lemon juice.
I wasn’t, and still am not, able to get all the products I want to for my daughter and the house because of financial reasons. I live in New York City, so availability is not an issue, but there is a huge price difference between conventional products of any type and their green alternatives. So I hope that if the new, safer products become more commonplace, the price will go down.