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Gmo crops and large scale industrial production of food is destroying our planet. Be part of the solution.

Hungary is burning thousands of acres of Monsanto crops, India is suing Monsanto in the first ever lawsuit of bio-piracy, yet Canada’s ministers of health and agriculture are defending the safety and “testing” of these genetic science experiments. While we continue to fight for mandatory GMO labeling in Canada and more transparency in our food system, you can make the effort now to avoid purchasing and supporting companies who make and sell GMO products for you and our Earth.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/10/03/monsanto-india-biopiracy-farmers_n_992259.html?ref=fb
http://planetsave.com/2011/07/21/hungary-destroys-all-monsanto-gmo-maize-fields/

1. Stop buying processed packaged goods containing approved gmo crops.
2. Buy organic local produce from Farmers whenever possible
3. Plant a garden with heirloom organic seeds.

You can bring this list of approved GMO crops to the grocery store and avoid purchasing any products containing them.

– Canola
– Corn, Popcorn, Corn starch ect
– Papaya
– Potatoes (Atlantic, Russett Burbank, Russet Norkatah, and Shepody)
– Soybeans or Soy
– squash (yellow crookneck)
– Sugarbeets
– Tomato including cherry toms.

WHEAT- Right now Canada’s wheat is non GMO, however after 1000’s of years of mass production it is no where near what it used to be.  In wheat and barley, protein concentrations declined by 30 to 50 percent between the years 1938 and 1990.

William Davis MD discusses his book in the Vancouver Sun. WHEAT BELLY: Lose the wheat, lose the weight, and find your path back to health…

Davis’s theory begins with the development of hybridized dwarf and semi-dwarf strains to increase yield (shorter stalks eliminated the buckling found when fertilizer increased head size).
More than 99 per cent of wheat grown worldwide is now from these strains, and the hybridization of two wheat strains was never seen by agricultural scientists as a problem.
After all, you cross a tomato with another tomato and you still get a tomato, right? Davis says ‘wrong;’ analysis of hybrid wheat compared to its parent strains shows 95 per cent of the proteins in the offspring are the same, while five per cent are unique and not found in either parent.
It is these unique characteristics that Davis links to what he says is endemic wheat sensitivity (Davis says 70 per cent of those who suffer from wheat sensitivity have no digestive symptoms, scarily enough).

Modern wheat is highly addictive and worse for diabetics than pure sugar, Davis says, but the most startling of his conclusions is that the destructive immune response caused by gluten sensitivity also affects your brain.

Davis links wheat to seizures, dementia and even brain damage. He tells us that wheat consumption is a major cause of the belly fat that triggers inflammation, an underlying indicator of problems like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Other health conditions linked to this visceral fat include dementia, rheumatoid arthritis and colon cancer. Cutting out wheat can also improve the symptoms of acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome.

http://www.vancouversun.com/touch/story.html?id=5704519

Large scale industrial production of food is not only destroying our food sources nutrient value, its destroying our agricultural lands and poisoning our water for future generations. Massive deforestation of  the last standing rain forests to plant mutant herbicide resistant superweeds for our ever hungry mouths. Every time you purchase a product your voting for it to stay on the shelf! If you don’t buy it they wont make it. It starts and ends with YOU!

Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sustainable-Farming/Nutrient-Decline-Industrial-Farming.aspx#ixzz1kyea5mA9

Do your part, Get motivated to make changes for you and our Earth

“We all have a role to play in protecting nature and our quality of life. As role models and leaders in your communities, we need you to take an active role in building a sustainable world. We can’t do it without you.”
– David Suzuki

The first step is awareness, Many people are unaware of the possible dangers of toxic chemicals in house hold products and trust cosmetic companies. Spread the word to family and friends, talk about it and investigate for yourself. Read the label on every item you purchase, care about the ingredients and where there going.

Step two. Change. Stop supporting companies who use dangerous chemicals. I feel responsible every time I use or buy something that could be linked to environmental damage. Im proud to know that every product in my house is safe, natural and not damaging water or animals once its out of my hands and down the drain. You should care and make it a priority to be responsible.

Step three. Get active. Write to your MLA, Prime Minister,The Minister of Health and The cosmetic companies you used to support and request stricter cosmetic regulations and manufacturer responsibility. You can sit and complain about things or you can make active effort to make a difference. Be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

With social media its easy to contact the corporations who are manufacturing cosmetic and house hold products. every one has twitter, a facebook page or an email contact and they really do care whether your purchasing or not. Companies put millions into marketing and research to see how they can convince people to buy and keep buying.
If they are aware that you – a customer of many years, is no longer purchasing their products because of the worrisome ingredients they may be more inclined to change. Especially if they receive not only yours and mine but hundreds from worried consumers.

Do something your proud of every day, for the Earth who has supported our lives unselfishly regardless of how bad we’ve become. One change at a time we can make a difference in our world. We just have to want to make the effort.

Old Spice Very Dangerous for You and Our Earth. Refuse to purchase toxic waste.

Looks like Old Spice Guy could have some explaining to do. The Environmental Working Group’s searchable consumer product review database has information for over 90 Old Spice products. I randomly selected one product called Old Spice Deodorant Stick, Fresh. It is rated 4 on a scale of 1 to 10, which indicates a moderate hazard level on their scale. (A 10 rating is the the most hazardous). Why would a deodorant be considered moderately hazardous? Researchers for the online database say studies have shown possible health effects for the ingredients in the product. Their Old Spice Deodorant Stick, Fresh product profile says ingredients in the deodorant could have a connection to cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, allergies/immunotoxicity organ system toxicity, endocrine disruption, and irritation to eyes, lungs and skin. The ingredients listed for the product are Triclosan, SD Alcohol 40, Propylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, D&C Green 5, Sodium Stearate, and water.

“Triclosan persists in the environment, breaks down into substances highly toxic to wildlife, pollutes the human body, and poses health risks that are barely studied and poorly understood.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first registered Triclosan as a pesticide in 1969. It is also used on “conveyor belts, fire hoses, dye bath vats, and ice-making equipment.” Other products it is used in are adhesives, fabrics, vinyl, plastics, floor wax emulsions, caulking compounds, sealants, rubber, and carpeting.

The American Medical Association commented about Triclosan, “Considering the available data and the critical nature of the antibiotic resistance problem, it may be prudent to avoid the use of antimicrobial agents in consumer products.”

An Australian government report commented about the potential harm Triclosan can cause to the environment, “The widespread use of triclosan provides a number of pathways for the chemical to enter the environment, and laboratory tests have shown it to be toxic to aquatic species, with algae being the most sensitive species.”

In the U.S., researchers in Minnesota analyzed sediment samples containing Triclosan from an area of the Mississippi River known to be impacted by wastewater. (Triclosan as noted above can enter the environment a number of ways; one is municipal water systems.) The reason they were studying the river sediment was to see if Triclosan persists in the environment after it is released there. They observed the already confirmed tendency for Triclosan to transform to a type of dioxin when it is in aquatic environments and in the prescence of sunlight, “2,8-DCDD was detected at levels that trended with the historical use of Triclosan since its introduction in the 1960s.”

Triclosan is just one of the ingredients in one of the Old Spice products listed. What happens when the human body absorbs all the chemicals in one deodorant over a period of time is unknown. Old Spice is not even the most toxic deodorant listed on the site. After Hours, another type of deodorant, has a rating of 7/10.  This product is reported to contain Diethyl Phalate, which EWG says is a “known human immune system toxicant” and there is strong evidence it is a human endocrine disruptor.

This is incredibly dangerous stuff and I recommend that all of you old spice users are moved to discontinue purchasing any Old Spice Products.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/old-spice-could-its-ingredients-be-unhealthy.html#ixzz1crNdymLQ

Make your own natural cleaning products to save money and the environment.

The ever-expanding arsenal of home cleaning products now includes several dangerous weapons, loaded with strong, artificial colors and fragrances and harsh cleansing agents like bleach, ammonia and acids. These chemicals can produce indoor air pollution by off-gassing toxic fumes that can irritate eyes and lungs. (Children and pets are most at risk.) Many cleaners also contain unnecessary antibacterial agents (pesticides, technically), that can actually make bacteria stronger, and more resistant to antibacterial drugs

I used to spray out the tub with disinfectant before running a bath, I would rinse as well as I could but I knew that I would soon be soaking in a chemical soup regardless. Soaking up the chemicals from household cleansers, Shampoo, Body wash, Conditioner,  Shaving foam ect ect. Then you rinse that all down the drain and into our waterways. Not the cleanest option.

I’ve been using just pure baking soda to scrub out the tub and sink. I sprinkle about 1/4 cup all over the edges and scrub it with a damp sponge.
Try your own blends.
You can add essential oils to make them smell lovely as well. Tea tree oil smells great and is a powerful disinfectant add about 20-30 drops

Save your old plastic spray bottles and reuse them or buy some cheap small ones at the dollar store! For a great kitchen spray

Mix 2 cups hot water with one cup white Vinegar and half a cup of lemon juice. Spray on kitchen or bathroom counters.

For cutting boards..spray pure lemon juice and let sit for a few minutes. Lemon has strong antibacterial properties.

For mold and mildew. Spray hydrogen peroxide directly onto and let sit for ten minutes before rinsing.

Vinegar and water works great on windows and mirrors, use newspaper instead of paper towels to eliminate waste and rid of those pesky fibers left behind.

cut half a lemon place in a cup of water and microwave for two minutes, allow to sit for another 5 wipe out the microwave with the water

White Vinegar

Mildly acidic white vinegar dissolves dirt, soap scum, and hard water deposits from smooth surfaces, yet is gentle enough to use in solution to clean hardwood flooring.

White vinegar is a natural deodorizer, absorbing odors instead of covering them up. (And no, your bathroom won’t smell like a salad! Any vinegar aroma disappears when dry.) With no coloring agents, white vinegar won’t stain grout on tiled surfaces. Because it cuts detergent residue, white vinegar makes a great fabric softener substitute for families with sensitive skin.

Baking Soda

Baking soda’s mild abrasive action and natural deodorizing properties make it a powerful replacement for harsh commercial scouring powders. Put baking soda to work in your home:

Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge to tackle grimy bathtub rings, scour vanities, or remove food deposits from the kitchen sink.

For tougher grime, make a paste of baking soda and water, apply to the tub or sink, and allow to stand for 10 to 20 minutes. Dirt, soap scum and deposits soften and are easier to remove.

Axe Body Products. The Worst it could be.

I always knew this stuff had to be bad but WOW did it exceed and surpass my expectations. PROVEN cancer causing chemicals, toxins linked to reproductive health issues,Antifreeze, tested on animals and a penetration agent to help it all sink in. Please throw out your Axe body wash and body spray and choose natural safe option for you and your families!

from http://www.natural-skincare-authority.com/axe-body-wash.html

Cancer Linkage 


This product contains a very toxic ingredient – COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE which has been linked to cancer in animal tests.


Reproductive Toxicity

This product contains – ETIDRONIC ACID – linked to reduced fertility and a reduced chance for a full term healthy pregnancy.

Penetration Enhancers

Also present are penetration enhancers: TETRASODIUM EDTA. These agents work to infiltrate the skin membrane – i.e. penetration enhancer – and in doing so may increase exposures to carcinogens. 


Untested Chemicals

AXE Revitalizing Shower Gel contains 3 chemicals that have not been assessed for safety in cosmetic formulas by the C.I.R. These chemicals are: PEG-5 COCAMIDE, ETIDRONIC ACID, GLYCERIN.


Top Ten Most Dangerous Household products you should never use again..

from ….http://www.alternet.org/health/141196?page=3

1. Non-Stick Cookware

When non-stick pans were first introduced into American households in the 1960s, they were thought to be a godsend. Gone were the days of soaking pans for hours and scouring pots with steel wool. In the forty years since then, however, we’ve learned that the ease of cleaning comes at a steep price: the coating that makes Teflon pans non-stick is polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE for short. When PTFE heats up, it releases toxic gasses that have been linked to cancer, organ failure, reproductive damage, and other harmful health effects.

The problems with PTFE-coated pans seem to occur at high temperatures, so if you must use Teflon, cook foods on medium heat or less. Avoiding non-stick pans altogether is the safest option. If you’re able to do so, try anodized aluminum, stainless steel, or cast iron pans with a little cooking oil. Using a lower setting on the stove will reduce the chances that your food will burn, which is how it usually gets stuck to pans the first place. If you’re worried about the extra calories cooking oil adds, try baking or steaming your food.

2. Plastic Bottles

By now you’ve heard of dangers of BPA in those ubiquitous neon water bottles. BPA mimics the effects of hormones that harm your endocrine system. While the company at the heart of the controversy has switched to BPA-free plastic, those aren’t the only toxic bottles. Single-use plastic bottles are even worse for leaching chemicals, especially when you add the heat of the sun (think about bottles left in your trunk) or the microwave. Aside from the fact that bottled water sold across state lines is not as regulated as tap water, the bottles themselves are spawning grounds for bacteria and are a source of needless waste. Each year, more than one million barrels of oil are used to manufacture the more than 25 billion single-use plastic water bottles sold in the U.S. Choose a reusable, stainless steel or glass bottle instead.

3. Conventional Cleaning Supplies

These routinely make the top ten lists of worst household offenders. They contain toxic chemicals that negatively affect every system in your body. All purpose cleaners often contain ammonia, a strong irritant that has been linked to liver and kidney damage. Bleach is a powerful oxidizer, which can burn the skin and eyes. Another danger lies in oven cleaners, which can cause chemical burns and emit toxic fumes that harm the respiratory system. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports that more than 120,000 children under the age of five were involved in incidents involving household cleaners in 2006, the most recent year for which data is available.

To protect you and your family from the hazards conventional cleaners pose, choose non-toxic, or natural cleaners.

4. Chemical Insecticides and Herbicides

Since the purpose of these products is to kill pests, you can bet that many of them have ingredients in them that are also harmful to humans. For example, the active ingredient in Round-Up — a weed-killer popular with gardeners — is known to cause kidney damage and reproductive harm in mice. And cypermethrin, one of the active ingredients in the popular ant and roach-killer Raid, is a known eye, skin and respiratory irritant and has negative effects on the central nervous system.

5. Antibacterial Products

The widespread use of antibacterials has been shown to contribute to new strains of antibiotic-resistant “super-bugs.” The Center for Disease Control says that antibacterials may also interfere with immune system development in children. Triclosan — the most common antibacterial additive found in more than 100 household products ranging from soaps and toothpaste to children’s toys and even undergarments — accumulates in the body. In a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group, 97 percent of breast feeding mothers had triclosan in their milk, and 75 percent had trace amounts of the chemical in their urine.

Make it your goal to be to be clean, not germ-free. People who are exposed to household germs typically develop strong immune systems and are healthier overall. Avoid buying antibacterial products or soaps containing triclosan. Soap and water is really all you need to clean most things. There are plenty of eco-friendly hand washes and other cleansers that are safe for you and easy on the planet.

6. Chemical Fertilizers

These are notorious for causing damage to our water supply and are a known major contributor to algal blooms. Whenever it rains or a lawn is watered, the runoff goes straight into storm-drains, and untreated water is dumped into rivers, streams, and the ocean. This causes an imbalance in delicate water ecosystems, killing fish and degrading water quality.

If you have a lawn, choose organic fertilizers rather than chemical ones.

As another alternative to harsh chemicals, consider starting a compost pile to create nutrient-rich soil for your flower beds and vegetable gardens. You’ll be creating your own inexpensive fertilizer just by letting food scraps and yard trimmings sit. An added benefit: it’ll also help divert waste from landfills. SustainLane users have reviewed several compost bins here.

7. More Bulb for Your Buck

A Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulb uses just a fraction of the energy regular light bulb uses. When your current bulbs burn out, swap them with CFLs, and start calculating your savings. General Electric has an online calculator that shows you just how much money you can save by making the switch.

One caveat of the low-energy bulb is that it contains mercury. Even so, CFLs are still your best bet, according to EPA Energy Star program director Wendy Reed. Coal-fired plants are the biggest emitters of mercury. Using CFL bulbs means you draw less power from the grid, which means less coal is burned for electricity. Because of the mercury, take precautions when disposing of these CFL bulbs. Rather than throwing them in your household trash or curbside recycling bin, take them to a hazardous waste collection or other special facility.

8. Air fresheners

Just like cleaning supplies, these are incredibly toxic and can aggravate respiratory problems like asthma. Even those labeled “pure” and “natural” have been found to contain phthalates, chemicals that cause hormonal abnormalities, reproductive problems and birth defects. Try simmering cinnamon and cloves to give your home an “I’ve-spent-the-whole-day-baking” scent, and leave a few windows open to let in fresh air. You might also boil a pot of water on the stove with a few drops of your favorite essential oil, or use an essential oil burner.

9. Flame Retardants

A common flame retardant that was used in mattresses — polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) — is known to accumulate in blood, breast milk and fatty tissues. This chemical is linked to liver, thyroid, and neuro-developmental toxicity. According to the Environmental Working Group, new foam items often do not contain PBDEs, but foam items purchased before 2005 (like mattresses, mattress pads, couches, easy chairs, pillows, carpet padding), are likely to contain them. Household furniture often contains flame retardants and stain repellents that use PBDE’s as well as formaldehyde and PFOA (the same chemical used in non-stick cookware).

10. Plastic Shopping Bags

Remember: Like diamonds, plastics are forever. Ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? It’s a giant mass of plastic twice the size of Texas that’s floating 1,000 miles off the coast of California. In the United States, only two percent of plastic bags are recycled, which means that the remaining 98 percent is dumped into landfills or blown out to sea. According to Californians Against Waste, the City of San Francisco, which recently banned plastic shopping bags, spends 8.5 million dollars annually on plastic bag litter.

The good news is, we can easily decrease our plastic bags use. Bring in your own reusable cloth bags when you go shopping.

Antibacterial Soaps, More harm than good!

Anti-bacterials (http://lesstoxicguide.ca)

Anti-bacterial soaps and cleaners are not necessary, and are not a healthy choice. Many advertisements play on parents’ fear of germs.
They imply that anti-bacterial, anti-microbial or disinfectant cleaners, sprays and even toys are important for a healthy environment for a child. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Many people choose anti-bacterial soaps and cleaners because advertising implies that using them will help protect your family against colds and flus.
But colds and flus are viruses, and anti-bacterials have no effect on them at all.

Several reasons why experts recommend not using anti-bacterial products for home use are:

  • In addition to being unnecessary, they expose us to harmful chemicals. The two most commonly used anti-bacterial chemicals in soaps are triclosan and chloroxylenol (or PCMX). Triclosan is a suspected immunotoxin, and a suspected skin or sense organ toxicant. It is classified as a high volume chemical: over a million pounds are used annually in the US. Triclosan is a derivative of the herbicide 2,4-D. It creates dioxin, a carcinogen, as a by-product. A Swedish study found high levels of this bactericide in human breast milk. Chloroxylenol is also a suspected immunotoxin and skin or sense organ toxicant, as well as a gastrointestinal or liver toxicant.
  • Not all bacteria make people sick. Some are beneficial. Anti-bacterial soaps and cleaners kill both beneficial and harmful bacteria. By killing the beneficial ones, they actually leave us more vulnerable to the harmful ones we encounter. Children especially need exposure to some germs, to develop their immune systems.
  • Scientists are concerned that the widespread use of anti-bacterials contributes to the development of resistant bacteria, bacteria that will only be killed by different or stronger doses of chemicals. So when we need to kill harmful bacteria, like strep, staph and e-coli, it will be more difficult.
  • Anti-bacterial soaps may be more irritating and drying to skin.

The US Center for Disease Control says that anti-bacterial soaps are not necessary. They recommend that the simplest and most effective thing people can do to reduce the spread of infectious disease is to use effective handwashing, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing or eating food. Proper handwashing means rubbing hands under running water for 15 seconds.
Cleaning products with added anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and disinfectant ingredients have similar risks to antibacterial soaps, and are equally unnecessary for normal home use.

Cheerios… Not so Heart Healthy. Toxic Commercial degreaser in your breakfast bowl.

Cheerios, your trusted honey nut bowl of oats is hiding a dirty secret. Although Trisodium phosphate is clearly labeled on the ingredient list few know really what it is or what its used for.

TSP, According to Wikipedia is a cleaning agent commonly used to clean anything from laundry to concrete driveways. TSP is still sold, and used, as a cleaning agent and food additive although it was found to cause ecological problems in the 1960s.
Its the most common ingredient in toilet bowl tablets but is not recommended to be used to clean bathrooms because its known to stain metal and damage grout.
Its also sold as an enema in the united states, it works as a laxative to treat constipation.

Cheerios ingredients dissected…(from http://evolvingwellness.com/posts/1232/love-your-heart-and-health-enough-to-know-that-cheerios-is-not-the-answer/)

For starters, I don’t know about you, but when I look at Cheerios, I do not see any whole grain oats. This is important because when the “whole grain” bandwagon started, people lost site of what “whole grain” really is supposed to be.Whole grains ground down to flour, do not offer you the same health benefits as whole grains period. Quick lesson from chemistry tells us that, the more we expose of a surface area of a product, the chemical reaction rate increases. What does this mean to you and I?

This means that the product acts more like an unhealthy simple sugar in your body, than a healthy complex carbohydrate.

The second ingredient is corn starch. Not only is this offering us little in terms of high quality nutrition, but there is a SUPER high chance that this is coming from genetically modified sources, as today corn is one of the top 3 genetically modified crops grown.

The third ingredient? Well wouldn’t you know it – sugar.  sugar and salt should not be in the top five ingredients of any foods your purchasing.

This leads us to the fourth ingredient – salt. As you will notice below in the nutrition facts, Cheerios is not a healthy option for people at risk for cardiovascular problems.

TSP is fifth. In food, TSP is used as an acidity regulator (buffering agent), emulsifier, thickening agent, nutrition enlargement agent and sequestrant (metal-chelating agent). Although naturally according to the FDA, the TSP is GRAS (generally recognized as safe), I think common sense tells us chemicals like this should not be in our food period. It is one thing having adults eat this, but the common parent gives Cheerios with these chemicals, as a treat to their babies.

The calcium carbonate, is a common dietary source of calcium, which makes it sound fine, but more so it is used as a food preservative, color retainer, emulsifier, firming or bleaching agent.

Monoglycerides are single fatty acids attached to a glycerol molecule. Basically, they are modified fats, which are used to blend together certain ingredients, such as oil and water. According to VRG.org, the commercial source may be either animal (cow- or hog-derived) or vegetable, and they may be synthetically made as well.

Tocopherols are a series of organic compounds consisting of various methylated phenols. They usually have vitamin E activity, and are mainly used to preserve food, especially oils from going rancid.

There is not much to say about wheat starch, so we will skip on to the last ingredient – annatto. This is a color additive, and is generally considered to be a natural one. Despite this, it is known in many cases as a food allergen.

I switched to bulk Organic heritage Os, less packaging, Non Genetically modified ingredients and NO TSP! Choose and experiment with Organic cereals low in sugar for you and your family!

As Report Reveals Toxic Ingredients in Baby Shampoo, Johnson & Johnson Goes Public with Plans to Clean Up Products

I used to use Johnson and Johnson not only as body wash and lotion…but to clean my makeup brushes. I had huge bottles of it everywhere, until I read the label. It is terrifying to think that not only are these products filled with toxic dangerous chemicals but that they have been since being released onto the market and no one had any knowledge of this until recently. Parents everywhere have trusted Johnson for years. They claim to be gentle and tears free however the long list of toxic chemicals says otherwise. This just goes to show that it is our responsibility to protect yourself and your family by reading the labels and being informed about the additives. It infuriates me that companies are still using these chemicals to save money…and releasing “natural” versions that are little to no better in order to make money off of people who are trying to make better decisions. Don’t be fooled by mainstream companies claiming “natural care” or green anything most of it is marketing. You have to read the label and know what your purchasing Beyond the fancy label.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/amywestervelt/2011/11/01/as-report-reveals-toxic-ingredients-in-baby-shampoo-johnson-johnson-goes-public-with-plans-to-clean-up-products/

As for diapers and baby wipes ect.  I don’t have children so I cant pretend to be a wealth of information here, all I know is that the chemicals and plastics that are used when making traditional disposable diapers and wipes are more than enough for me to recommend the use of natural disposables or cloth. There is a increased risk of rashes, discomfort and sensitives caused by plastic disposables and that is just the immediate risk, never mind the environmental damage.

(http://www.babyproduct-reviews.com/disposable-diapers.html)

One of the main chemicals used in the lining of disposable diapers is sodium polyacrylate, which is a super-absorbent that becomes gel-like when wet.  This is what holds in the liquid in your baby’s diapers and prevents leaks.  It is also used in female sanitary napkins and adult diapers.  It was used in tampons until the 1980s when it was then discovered that direct skin contact with the absorbent can increase the risk for toxic shock syndrome.  Another worry parents have about disposable diapers is the use of dioxin, a carcinogenic chemical that can cause cancer. Many countries have banned the use of this chemical, not Canada or the United States.

Further adding to the bad image for disposable diapers, is the fact that they are not very biodegradable.  It is estimated that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used each year in the United States and that 92% of these end up in landfills.  Scientists think that it takes anywhere from 250-500 years for diapers to decompose in these landfills.  Some companies now make biodegradable disposable diapers, but scientists say that in an air tight landfill not even biodegradable products can break down.

There are some natural disposable options like Seventh Generation Diapers (http://www.seventhgeneration.com/DiapersAs always, our diapers are FREE of chlorine processing; they are also FREE of fragrances, latex and petroleum-based lotions, so you get to decide what touches your baby’s sensitive skin.  Our diapers now have an improved environmental footprint, due to a redesigned core that is more efficient at absorption and uses less processed chlorine free wood pulp.

There are lots beautiful organic cotton cloth diapers that have come a long way since rubber pants and safety pins If you’d prefer to not dispose of anything, just make sure to use a natural laundry detergent.

As for wipes. Seventh Generation has natural alternatives to traditional wipes.These gentle wipes clean baby’s bottom with plant-derived ingredients; no alcohol, synthetic cleaners, dyes or fragrances. Whitened without chemicals containing chlorine, these soft cloth wipes are a safe and soft choice to keep your baby’s skin pure and clean.

Do some research for the well being of your little one and decide what is best for you, your family and the environment.