Washing My Children - Cruelty and Chemical Free
When I was pregnant with Ariella, 6 years ago, I was lucky enough to be asked to give a talk on a "chemical free pregnancy" by Todae, an online eco-store based in Sydney. It was an insightful experience as it expanded my knowledge on chemical free living and prepared me for my oncoming journey to incorporate this as a parent. Children come into this world completely dependant on us to take care of them. On a daily basis we feed them, clothe them, wash them and love them. When bathing them, we may initially be attracted to using the sweet smelling and cost effective classic baby soaps, such as Johnson's and Johnson's, who are often are accompanied by very persuasive advertising. This issue with them is that they are full of potentially harmful synthetic additives, sulphates, petroleums and artificial perfumes that can accumulate in a childs very sensitive and constantly growing body. Sometimes there can be an immediate allergic reaction, such as eczema and often parents assume if their kids don't develop anything like that, there is no problem, however the ongoing use of these chemical containing products in a daily toxic input to a child that can easily be avoided. Don't forget the skin is our largest organ and does absorb a percentage of what we put on it, directly into our blood stream!
Spend half an hour of your time looking into the products you wash your children with! Johnsons and Johnsons even came out last year and phased out two chemicals, formaldehyde, recently classified as a known carcinogen, and 1,4 dioxane, which, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is “reasonably anticipated” to be a human carcinogen. They had been in their Baby Shampoo since 1953!! Many of their products still contain harmful ingredients. Their Baby Bath still contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate which many research studies have concluded that it can cause many forms of toxicity in the body and mind. Check out, http://davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/queen-of-green/faqs/toxics/whats-the-difference-between-sodium-lauryl-sulfate-sls-and-sodium-laureth-sulfat/ for some easy to comprehend information. Plus they test on animals....
I only want to purchase products from ethical companies who do not make profits from testing on animals. These are cruel and are not necessary for consumer safety!
My favourites that we alternate are
- Dr Bronners Organic Liquid Soap ( normally Lavender for its calming effects in attempt to get my children sleepy!) 946ml $19.95 http://www.drbronner.com.au/index.html
- They are completely biodegradable, vegetable based made with certified organic and fair trade ingredients and not tested on animals.
- Gaia Natural Baby Bath and Body Wash 500ml $17.95 http://www.gaiaskinnaturals.com
- Organic oils and extracts and gentle for kids skin. Not tested on animals