plas•tic al•ba•tross
(plas-tik lb-tros)

1. The Plastic Albatross is a community-focused campaign that provides helpful information about toxins in PLASTICS and other household products, and how these substances affect our health and environment.

2. We encourage local families, businesses, and organizations to limit their exposure to and consumption of plastic and commonly used toxic chemicals to work toward a toxin-free future!

Dec
11
2011

Mrs. Meyer’s Stinks

Mrs. Meyer's

Many environmentally-aware folks have been lured into believing that Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day is a healthy product.

However, if you read the fine print (and the ingredients list) you will find the truth. If you use your nose, you will smell the truth. Mrs. Meyer’s uses synthetic ingredients and fragrances.

When you see the term “fragrance” or “parfum” in the ingredients list remember that the fragrance/perfume industry is protected by trade secret laws. This means they are not required to tell you what’s in their formulations.

The ingredients that are lumped into the listing fragrance or parfum could include up to 1000 different synthetic chemicals!

Our current toxic chemicals law (the Toxic Substances Control Act) is so outdated and weak that testing has been required on fewer than 2% of the 80,000 chemicals available for use in the United States. Many of these chemicals, especially when they interact, are linked to numerous health problems, like endocrine disruption and neurotoxicity.

The green cleaning business is booming with new products that claim to be “effective alternatives”. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day and other greenwashed products, like Method and SimpleGreen, have a very clever (but misleading) marketing scheme.

Don’t waste your hard earned cash on clever marketing. A bottle of castile soap, a box of baking soda, and bottle of vinegar is all you need to keep your home fresh and clean. If you like a natural fragrance, use a few drops of organic essential oil.

Read more at Raganella’s blog and see why Mrs. Meyer’s Stinks.

May
03
2010

Widening Tide

detergentsRecent studies from Mount Sinai Center have linked phthalates to OBESITY, especially in young children.

Phthalates, a type of endocrine disruptor, are untested, unregulated chemical additives that are used to intensify chemical fragrances in cosmetics and personal care products. Additional research links phthalate exposure to ASTHMA, CANCER, and REPRODUCTIVE DYSFUNCTION.

Most personal care products contain chemical fragrances.

Even some so-called “fragrance-free” brands use a chemical masking fragrance to cover up the original fragrance.

Be wary of the ingredient FRAGRANCE. It is used to denote a combination of toxic compounds, including phthalates.  Phthalates and other chemical additives are difficult to avoid, because manufacturers are not required to list them on the label. Under current law, they can be simply be listed as “fragrance”.

Avoid chemical fragrance by:

  • Buying chemical-free detergents, like Ecover, Seventh Generation or Soap Nuts.
  • Avoiding chemically-laden detergents and fabric softeners, like Tide and Downy.
  • Purchasing products that say “phthalate-free” and do not list “fragrance.”
  • Looking up your products on CosmeticsDatabase.com to see the toxicity ratings.
  • Identifying phthalates by their chemical names, or abbreviations: DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate), DEP (diethyl phthalate), DEHP (di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate), BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate), DMP (dimethyl phthalate)
  • Choosing perfumes made from organic essential oils.

Learn More

Find out more about Phthalates under the Get Informed section of this site.