We often buy products for the convenient features they offer. They often help us get jobs done quicker and more efficiently or provide us with a quick fix for one of our problems. We become so used to using these everyday items that we sometimes forget to think about the harmful effects they could have on our body or even the environment. There are many items you likely have in your home that you probably didn’t know were toxic. Here are the 6 of most common ones that might shock you:
1. Plastic Food Containers
We all have them. They’re perfect to bring those leftover dinners to work the next day. Unfortunately, plastic breaks down over time, especially after countless times of running them through the dishwasher. Once the breakdown begins, the plastic releases dangerous chemicals into your food. Another thing you should make sure to never do is put the plastic containers in the microwave. The alternative: switch to glass containers (and make sure not to drop them)!
2. Air Fresheners
You just cooked a delicious fish filet for dinner and now are expecting guests over for a couple of drinks. It’s easy to turn to air fresheners to tidy up the fishy smell in the house. The problem is, anything you breathe in eventually ends up in your bloodstream. This includes scented spray cans, scented candles, and plug-ins, all of which contain phthalates chemicals which have been linked to reproductive problems. The alternative: switch to candles made with essential oils and fresh flowers to freshen up your home.
You definitely don’t want to be that person that reeks of B.O. on the crowded, humid bus ride. But many antiperspirants use aluminum-based compounds and other toxic chemicals which are absorbed into sweat glands. This doesn’t sound like the best option for your body. So how do we stay smelling clean and fresh throughout the day? The alternative: look for aluminum-free antiperspirants and chemical-free brands of natural deodorants.
Are you noticing a trend here? Anything that makes us smell good, or the air around us smell good, could potentially pose a threat to your health. Perfumes can translate to a product containing upwards of 300 chemical ingredients. To further the problem of perfumes, their makers won’t release lists of the exact ingredients for fear of divulging secrets to their competitors. Ahh, the struggles of smelling good! The alternative: switch to products that are scented with natural oils.
5. Nonstick Pans
We all dread the sticky mess found at the bottom of pans that come as a result of cooking a delicious meal. For that, we turn to nonstick pans to save us from hours of scrubbing. The problem is many nonstick pans contain trace amounts of a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid which has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. Over multiple uses of these pans, the nonstick lining scratch or chip off into your food. The alternative: use cast iron or stainless steel cookware, and natural, non-stick sprays such as olive oil.
6. Cotton Bedsheets
That’s right, your bed sheets! The very thing you lay on every night when you go to sleep. Heavy amounts of pesticides and fertilizers are used in the production of cotton with 25% of the world’s pesticides and 7% of the world’s fertilizers coming from cotton. On top of that, the dyes that give your sheets color contain high amounts of toxic chemicals. The alternative: switch to bamboo bed sheets with a natural dyeing process.
In fact, Kyoto Threads is working on precisely that. We’re launching our Kickstarter campaign for our bamboo bed sheets with a natural, plant-based dye on October 26th.
Here are three key features that make these sheets so special:
- They’re made from the incredibly sustainable bamboo raw material
- The fibre is made using lyocell, a closed-loop process to recapture and reuse 99% of the chemical solution resulting in minimal environmental impact and economical use of both energy and water
- The sheets incorporate an incredible new plant-based dyeing process based on traditional Asian medicinal roots, fruits, and vegetables — completely non-toxic and gentle on the skin!
BONUS: the sheets have that incredibly soft and silky feel that makes getting out of bed an incredibly difficult task.
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