Friday, October 14, 2016

On Seventh Generation and knowing what's inside

If companies don't tell you what's inside right on the package, how do you know what you're bringing around your family and into your home?

You have a right to know what goes into the products you use. Food and personal care products are required to have content labels, but there are no regulations in place for the ingredient labeling of household cleaning products - especially for the fragrances that scent those products.

Chemicals of concern can hide behind the term "fragrance" in ingredient lists on your cleaning products - chemicals that have been linked to serious health effects including allergies, asthma, cancer, and reproductive harm.

This is important to us because we have a lot of skin issues in our family, including sensitive skin. These problems can range from irritating to debilitating, and they aren't easily gotten rid of once a flare up begins. Almost every issue is started by an outside irritant, like fragrance in a detergent, or unnecessary dyes in a soap, and it's often hard to tell which additive is the issue. Using an elimination process can be expensive, time consuming, and often means continuing to experience significant skin problems in the mean time until we finally figure out which ingredient is the trigger.

That's why we support Seventh Generation's commitment to transparency. It's important to our family that more companies take this step, because it means more comfort for our family - and fewer embarrassing, painful flare ups.

(I got a free coupon book from Seventh Generation for my honest opinion.)