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.
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.
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/Diapers) As 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.