by Kelly Caiazzo May 22, 2019 cancer carcinogens and toxic chemicals cleaners cosmetics everyday products family health Household it matters labels lawn care safety Stink! sunscreen values vote
Thank you to all who attended the Sustainable Wellesley and Wellesley Natural Resources Commission documentary screening of Stink!.
We packed the Wakelin Room with approximately 70 attendees in honor of Rachel Carson Day on May 27th. That’s a lot more people who are now aware of the fragrance loophole and lack of regulation of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals in our everyday products!
Vote your values! As helpful as it is to know how to buy safer products personally, sweeping change happens when busy consumers don’t need to do their homework because of protective legislation. If the film resonated with you, consider making chemical regulations and transparency part of your voting agenda.
Below are some resources to help simplify the process of making safer consumer choices. Because kids should be worried about what’s on their pancakes, not what’s in their pajamas!
Apps for the phone:
Silent Springs Institute App, Detox Me: https://silentspring.org/
Environmental Working Group App, Healthy Living: https://www.ewg.org/
Oeko-Tex certification: https://www.
oeko-tex.com/en/consumer/ consumers_home/consumers_home. xhtml
Avoid flame retardants, look for pajamas that say “wear snug fitting, doesn’t contain flame retardant”
Tip: Google “oeko-tex certified _____” to find products, you’ll often discover brands and companies that way for everything from sheets to shirts
The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database: https://www.ewg.org/
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: http://www.
The Environmental Working Group Guide to Healthy Cleaners: https://www.ewg.org/
12 Homemade Cleaning Products that work from HuffPost (careful with vinegar on porous surfaces like marble): https://www.huffpost.com/
entry/12-homemade-cleaning- products-that-really-really- work_n_ 57853926e4b0e05f0523a9db
Books like Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson have recipes for making homemade cleaners, and the Wellesley Free Library has titles like Green Housekeeping by Christina Strutt and Natural Solutions for Cleaning & Wellness by Hallie Cottis.
Someone asked specifically about dishwasher pacs – I use this powder in my dishwasher, but there are dishwasher pods & pouches listed in the EWG guide as well.
Look for sunscreens labeled “reef safe” and avoid oxybenzone and octinoxate in particular
EWG Sunscreen Guide: https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/
Video about Healthy Yards in Wellesley: https://www.
Organic Landscapers that Service Wellesley: http://www.
sustainablewellesley.com/ organic-landscapers-servicing- wellesley/
Letter from the Wellesley Board of Health and NRC about toxic lawn chemicals: https://
wellesleyma.gov/ DocumentCenter/View/14672/ Joint-Letter-from-the-Board- of-Health-and-NRC-about- Pesticides-in-Wellesley- 2019pdf
EWG guide to label decoding: https://www.ewg.org/
Stink! documentary resources page: https://stinkmovie.com/
Silent Spring Institute: https://
Sustainable Wellesley: www.sustainablewellesley.com
Wellesley Natural Resources Commission: https://
Consider googling soap nuts (soap berries) for laundry – some attendees have had great success, one person recommended ones originating from Nepal
When speaking to people to encourage environmental change, using language like “Would you consider…” is less likely to put them on the defensive. A great tip for initiating respectful conversations!