August 14, 2019

Phthalates linked to hormone disruption, which can affect development, reproduction, and child health

— FOR PLANTS SAKE!

This ingredient is something you don’t want to find in your ingredient list. What it is: The term “fragrance” (aka “parfum”) can be used for any number of aromatic chemical concoctions. Over 5,000 different fragrance chemicals (in countless combinations) are used in products today.

What it does: As you can probably guess, fragrance is added to products to make them smell better. Fragrances are not only used in cosmetics, personal care products, and cleaners, they’re also increasingly found in hard goods like diapers, garbage bags, candles, tissues, toys, and more.

Why you should avoid it: First, while every other specific ingredient used in personal care products must, by law, be listed on the label, fragrance is considered a “trade secret.” So, the dozens or perhaps even hundreds of chemicals used to create them are kept confidential from people like you and me who want to know what’s in our products. We don’t agree with the practice of ingredient secrecy; it’s simply not Honest. Secondly, there are potential serious health issues associated with these classified compounds.

  1. Synthetic musks that build up in our bodies and may enhance the impacts of other toxic chemicals. Some of these musks have shown hormone disruption potential. Synthetic musks are also persistent in the environment and contaminate waterways and wildlife.
  2. Phthalates linked to hormone disruption, which can affect development, reproduction, and child health.
  3. Volatile organic compounds that are classified as toxic or hazardous under U.S. federal laws.
  4. Neurotoxicants, which are chemicals that are toxic to the brain. Here at For Plants Sake we say no to chemical ingredients that may harm us or make us sick, and you should too. We also believe in reading ingredient labels before you buy. That’s why we create simple products made of natural and safe ingredients. We take the time to do the research and inform our customers on the products they use, and provide alternative and healthier options. We do it because we care!

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