Thursday, October 4, 2012

EWG's Guide to Greener Cleaning By Jannifer Ju

Green Your Home with Safe Cleaning SolutionsEver wish you could find a resource that would tell you the real scoop when it comes to what'sreally in all the cleaning solutions you're buying? Well, there is! Environmental Working Group.
Never heard of EWG? Here's a little blurb from their website discussing what they're all about:
"The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles.
"In 2002, we founded the EWG Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization that advocates on Capitol Hill for health-protective and subsidy-shifting policies.
"EWG specializes in providing useful resources (like Skin Deep and the EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides™) to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change."

These guys aren't messing around either. Upcoming is a database of over 2000 products and 200 brands detailing the toxic nature of cleaning products that may be in YOUR home. The top offender in EWG's "Hall of Shame" was a huge surprise to me: Simple Green Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner! Simple Green was one of the products I had counted on in the past to be safe. Turns out Simple Green contains 2-butoxyethanol, a solvent dangerous to red blood cells.
One of the reasons iGOZEN came into being was because it's so hard to tell what's really in the cleaning products on store shelves. At least when you make your own cleaning products, you know what's in them! iGOZEN is simply calcium from sea shells and sea salt, so there's no danger from absorption through skin contact, unlike "Simple" Green and a host of other products found in most homes today.
Environmental stewardship is a duty of every person. Please refrain from buying toxic and dangerous products and get educated on what to avoid by subscribing to information from organizations like EWG. Together we can have an impact on big business. If no one buys their toxic junk, they will have to change their ways and go out of business, no matter how many lobbyists they may have in Washington D.C.

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