Evergreen Goddess - sharing evidence-based information on toxin-free living
Why are we concerned about toxins?
Why you should be concerned about toxins?
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Firstly, please know that we are not radical messengers of doom & gloom. We want you to know that the products that we use every day; in our homes & gardens and on ourselves & our pets, contain some nasty ingredients which are not disclosed nor are their affects disclosed. These ingredients can have detrimental effects on people, animals & the planet. If you haven't already, please watch these. Two examples are listed below - (phthalates & DDT). This is why we make our own products and feel compelled to share information. Text which is underlined will take you to the evidence.

As consumers, we have the right to know if an ingredient in a product can harm us and/or the environment - wouldn't you agree? Unfortunately, disclosure & transparency with regard to the manufacture and use of chemicals has been completely lacking on a global scale for some decades. And, the safety legislation of chemicals which are used universally, varies from country to country.For example, the pesticide endosulfan is banned in more than 50 countries but still permitted for use in Australia on various fruits and vegetables (Choice, 2011). Why?

Here in Australia, Choice, the people's watchdog, states that "there are more than 80 chemicals and pesticides no longer registered for use in Europe are available for every day agricultural and veterinary use in Australia. If that’s not alarmingenough, about 75% were included in our current system 15 years ago as a legacy from previous decades. Some were registered for use back in the 1950s and have not been subjected to a modern safety assessment". Click here to view the Choice campaign. The campaign began in 2009 with their original submission to the Product Safety & Integrity Commission calling for a restructure of the regulator, the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority. CHOICE suggests that it be strengthened to become an independent statutory body, free from the influence of the chemicals industry. Choice have been vocal on our behalf, lobbying to ensure that the reform of the APVMA favours the public, not the chemicals industry.

The Australian government invited comment from the community on reforms to agricultural and veterinary chemical legislation.

Here is my submission. 
Comments were submitted to Agvet Chemicals
Early Harvest and APVMA Reforms Team
Agricultural Productivity Division
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Phone: +61 2 6272 3933      
Post: GPO Box 858 Canberra  ACT  2601

The EU leads the rest of the world in this area, being the first to ban chemicals and overhauling the transparency and labeling of the ingredients in cosmetics.

The Environmental Working Group does a tremendous job lobbying for the residents of the United States in a number of areas. Their tireless campaigning benefits all of us. We encourage you to sign-up to receive their updates.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has achieved fantastic results for consumers worldwide - major brands are multi-national after all. Here is a copy of the report for you.

There exists an enormous number of chemicals which cause concern; about 80,000 chemicals are manufactured world wide for commercial use.
  • DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) an organochlorine insecticide, was used extensively in the United States in agriculture and for the control of insects carrying malaria and typhus. In1972, DDT was banned in the U.S. however it continues to be manufactured in the U.S. for export. DDT is considered a persistent organic pollutant (POP), tending to remain in the environment and animals for long periods of time (like decades) these molecules are mobile, traveling long distances (say from the U.S. to Antarctica). As a result, DDT has been found in animals, such as polar bears, whales and sea birds! Today! click here for data Is there not something wrong this scenario? This is one chemical that was banned 40 years ago.
  • Phthalates  (DEHP, DINP, DBP, DEP, DIP) are a class of chemicals used as softeners, or plasticisers, in polyvinyl chloride (PVC, vinyl) products. They can be found in hundreds of products: pre-2009 toys, wallpaper, cling wrap, shower curtains, nail polish, perfume, blood bags, cosmetics, personal care products, shampoos, carpeting, wood finishes and insecticides (the list could go on and on). Phthalates have even been known to coat pharmaceutical pills and vitamins. Manufacturers like to use phthalates because when added to plastic it increases the flexibility and durability of the plastic and allows products such as nail polish, skin products, perfumes, hair gels, wallpaper and paint to cling on and last longer. That new car smell that you either love or hate is partly caused by phthalates. Should phthalates be avoided? YES. Phthalates have been shown to disrupt hormone activity, reduce sperm counts and some studies show that they may be causing a slow and steady demasculinising of men. Other studies have linked phthalates to liver cancer and breast cancer.