Toxic Chemicals in Your Everyday Products (THE FACTS & FIGURES)

The facts and statistics: Harmful toxic chemicals are in your everyday products

There are harmful chemicals everywhere. But who would have really known they were in your home? In your everyday personal products? In your baby's toys and furniture? Could our government have really allowed such toxic material to be near our loved ones?

Its sad....but true.

I have gathered a list of facts, figures, and statistics from all over the web, scientific journals, news articles, you name it. I come back periodically and make updates or additions to this list.

Warning: You may be shocked by what your read here.

General

Only 10% of roughly 87,000 chemicals registered in the US have been tested for potential health effects.

Personal Care

About 1,400 harmful chemicals have been banned from personal care products in Europe. The US has only banned 30, 19 of which were banned as recently as 2016.

Companies in the US are not required to test their personal care products for safety nor are they required to list contaminants on their ingredient labels. As such, consumers cannot possibly know if their products contain toxic ingredients.

1 in 13 women and 1 in 23 men use personal care products that expose them to known or probable human carcinogens every day.

1 in 5 cosmetic products contain a substance that emits formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen.

In a 2010 study, 38 secret chemicals were found in 17 popular name brand fragrance products. Some of these chemicals are suspected or known endocrine disruptors.

A study by the CDC found that 97% of Americans had the chemical oxybenzone in their bodies. Oxybenzone is known for its use in sunscreens, but can also be found in lip balm, lipstick, moisturizers and fragrance. It has been linked to hormone disruption, cell damage, and low birth weight.

Triclosan, an antibacterial agent that was recently banned in soaps in the US due to its harmful effects, was found in the urine of 75% of people tested. Triclosan is still allowed in consumer products other than antibacterial soaps in the US.

61% of popular lipsticks in one study contained lead, a neurotoxin, ranging up to levels of 0.65 parts per million.

Babies and Kids

287 chemicals were found in umbilical cord blood of newborns. Of these, 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxins to the brain, and 208 cause birth defects in animal tests.

In a test done by Good Morning America and Greenguard Environmental Institute, 300 different chemicals were found in a new nursery​ compared to 2 chemicals right outside the same house.

61% of children’s bath products that were tested contained both the harmful chemicals formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane. 82% contained formaldehyde alone. The EU bans 1,4-dioxane at any level and the EPA calls it a probable carcinogen. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen.

79.2% of 101 baby products tested contained chemical flame retardants, many of which are considered toxic. This included changing pads, car seats, high chairs, and many other items with polyurethane foam. More than 1/3 contained chlorinated Tris, a flame retardant chemical that was banned in children's pajamas in the 1970s due to its health risks.​

72% of 190 popular crib mattress models were found to use one or more chemicals of concern, including flame retardants, antibacterials, and other additives.​

Safe Home

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers indoor air quality to be the 4th largest pollution threat to Americans due to the chemicals inside your home from your everyday products and furniture.

45 chemicals were identified in indoor dust samples, including chemicals associated with cancer, endocrine disruption, and/or reproductive toxicity.

Levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have been found to be 2 to 5 times higher for indoor air than outdoor air. VOCs are a group of chemicals, some of which have adverse health effects.

According to one study, 70% of 455 plastic products tested released endocrine disruptors. If those products were microwaved or dishwashed, this rose to 90%. This included products marketed as “BPA free.”

PFOA, a chemical used to make nonstick materials like pots, pans and food wrappers, has been found in the blood of 95% of Americans, including pregnant women. PFOA is supposed to now be eliminated from consumer products due to its harmful effects, but it is just being replaced by other chemicals that have not been proven to be safe either.

81% of of paper products were found to contain the endocrine disruptor BPA due to contamination during the paper recycling process.

Written by Ashley

Chief editor here at Nontoxic Reboot. I'm passionate about providing you with the best and easiest ways to make your world healthier and a little less toxic.

There are harmful chemicals everywhere. But who would have really known they were in your home? In your everyday personal products? In your baby’s toys and furniture? Could our government have really allowed such toxic material to be near our loved ones?

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