Do you know that every day you take over 21,000 breaths? That is 21,000 opportunities for toxic chemicals in the environment to enter your body ‚Äì 21,000 times your body has to cope with a potential chemical load that is in addition to what you eat.Continue reading Breathing wellness
Label reading is an important skill to develop when seeking a chemical-free lifestyle and it pays to understand what information on a label can and cannot tell you. Recently an email has been widely distributed that suggests that by noting the first couple of digits in a barcode, you can figure out where a product […]Continue reading Barcodes and country of origin
Have you ever checked what cleaning chemicals your children’s school routinely uses to clean classrooms, toilets and general traffic areas? Large cleaning tasks such as public buildings and, of course, schools often use strong, chemical-laden cleaning products for an efficient clean that meets stipulated hygiene standards.Continue reading A cleaner school environment
Many products in your home will have been treated with a flame retardant chemical. Everything from mattresses to DVD players, pillows, clothes, furniture and even televisions may have been treated with these flame retardant chemicals in the production process and by law, infants bedding and sleepwear must be treated.Continue reading Low fire danger clothing may be high chemical danger clothing
When you consider how many thousands of untested, yet irritating, chemicals make their way into the daily assortment of skincare products we use, it becomes obvious that using the word ‘care’ is a bit of a misnomer.Continue reading Most skin care does not care at all
When you are pressed for time, reading labels and trying to decipher the ingredients in any one product may seem a time-consuming task. There is a quick ‘rule of thumb’ that is worth remembering when you assess a products suitability for your family.Continue reading Quick label checks
It’s always a red flag for me when I read an ingredients label and it contains warnings such as ‘Use only in well ventilated room’, ‘Harmful if swallowed’ and ‘Seek poisons advice’.Continue reading The problem with fabric softener
Whether you are buying conventional produce or organic, it is important to thoroughly wash all fruit and vegetables before you prepare or consume.Continue reading Why wash produce?
You may have never heard of Zein before but chances are you have eaten it often and even if you are a label reader, you may never have come across it listed on an ingredients label.Continue reading Have you ever eaten Zein?
There is no doubt that cooking at home gives you the best possible control over chemicals and additives in your diet. But occasionally it’s fun to go out to eat and, when we do, we are a little at the mercy of the ingredient choices made by kitchen staff.Continue reading Cooking at home helps manage chemical exposure