Health Hotline Magazine | April 2023


Natural Grocers ® Brand Organic Laundry Detergent On aundry day, don’t panic; choose a detergent that’s organic! Natural Grocers Brand Organic Laundry Detergents give you fresh, clean clothes without synthetic fragrances, dyes, or artificial brighteners. They’re even packaged in recyc able containers made with a renewable resource—sugarcane. Caboo ® Bamboo Baby Wipes When your baby has to poo—make sure you have Caboo! Made of bamboo fibers and without nylon, p astic, or harsh chemicals—Caboo Baby Wipes are sturdy, gentle, and Made Safe ® Certified too. Bamboo is a p anet-friendly hero—it grows back within three years and requires minimal inputs. If You Care ® Coffee Filters We’ll take the coffee filter that won’t throw ecosystems off kilter! If You Care Coffee Filters are unbleached, chlorine-free, Certified Compostable, and USDA Certified Biobased. The USDA says biobased products disp ace around 300 million gallons of petroleum annually—that’s like taking 200,000 cars off the road! Dr. Bronner’s Organic Sugar Soap Go green with your hand hygiene! Dr. Bronner’s Certified Organic Sugar Soaps have zero synthetic preservatives, detergents, or foaming agents and are packaged in bottles made of 100% post-consumer recycled p astic. Fun fact—some of Dr. Bronner’s bottles are made from locally recycled p astic sourced in their home state of California!

Skip the Detergent that Won’t Come Clean Permission to bail on environmental FAILS! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives an F to selections from some of the biggest names in aundry detergent. The ratings include concerns about biodegradation, bioaccumu ation, and acute or chronic aquatic toxicity for multiple ingredients. It’s Not the Earth-Friendly Type We have a gripe with this kind of wipe! Baby wipes are often made with p astic like PET, polypropylene, or cotton woven together with p astic resins. Since they can’t be recycled, they will degrade into microp astics, which could eventually end up in the ocean. Filters that Don’t Care Coffee filters that are bright white—should give us all quite the fright! It could mean the common bleaching agent, chlorine dioxide, was used. And that means highly toxic chemical byproducts called dioxins may end up in nearby akes and streams. Even when dioxins are at undetectable levels in water, they can be found in measurable concentrations in aquatic animals. Not Our Kind of Clean Do we need antibacterial hand soap? Even the FDA says—nope! Because there isn’t enough proof that it does more good than harm. Even though the well known antibacterial, triclosan, has been banned in soap, the lesser-known benzalkonium chloride has not. Plus, why wash your hands with artificial fragrances and colors?

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