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10 Reasons to Ditch the Chemicals

March 02, 2017

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We talk about chemicals…a lot. This is not a scare tactic to increase sales. We share our research to inform and educate you on the importance of cleaning safely without chemicals. Unfortunately, the truth about toxic chemicals is scary.

e-cloth was created to both: clean better than anything you’ve used before and  protect what’s most important to you. Here are 10 reasons why we’re challenging you to #DitchTheChemicals in 2017. They’re all supported by extensive research from reputable and knowledgeable sources.

Baby and chemical risk.jpg1. With chemicals in the house, poisonings can happen at any moment. Why risk it?
“Household cleaners were the third largest category of substance abuse associated with calls to poison control centers.” America Association of Poison Control Centers



2. Chemicals have a direct cause and effect with indoor air quality.
“The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health. According to the EPA, indoor air levels of many pollutants may be 2-5 times, and sometimes more than 100 times, higher than outdoor levels.” Healthy Child

3. Chemicals found in the most common household cleaners have been linked to increased incidences of cancer.
“More than 30 years of environmental health studies have led to a growing consensus that chemicals are playing a role in the incidence and prevalence of many diseases and disorders in the United States, including: Leukemia, brain cancer, and other childhood cancers, which have increased by more than 20% since 1975…” Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

“Here in the United States, researchers estimate that 5% of childhood cancer and 30% of childhood asthma are attributable to chemical exposures.” Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families  That’s too many cases!

4. Chemicals can cause mild to severe discomfort and irritation.
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5. Children are especially susceptible to the effects of chemicals due to their rapid development and behavior tendencies.
“”Children are uniquely vulnerable to exposures given their hand-to-mouth behaviors, floor play and developing nervous and reproductive systems,” said Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana, a pediatric researcher at the University of Washington and the Seattle Children’s Research Institute.” Scientific American

6. Common chemicals like toluene and and phthalates can directly effect the development of a child’s brain.
“When certain substances reach dangerous levels at particularly sensitive points in time, they can disrupt [the] developmental process through toxic effects on the general health of brain cells as well as on their ability to perform specialized functions. These toxic influences can weaken the foundational structure of the brain and result in permanent impairment, thereby leading to a wide range of lifelong, adverse impacts on learning, behavior, and health.”  National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

7. Because of the intimate connection between mother and baby during pregnancy, chemicals that the mother is exposed to can have a direct effect on the baby. In fact, babies have been found to have been born with over 200 chemicals in their umbilical cord blood.
“The immature brain is far more vulnerable to toxic exposures than that of an adult. Mature brains have a barrier of cells that restrict the entry of chemicals from the bloodstream into brain tissue, but that protective barrier is absent in the fetus and only reaches maturity in the first year after birth.”  National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

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8. There are over 80,000 chemicals in use today and they are being created faster than we can study them. Approximately 19 new chemicals are created every minute says a new study published on Seeker.com. Out of these chemicals, the EPA only has concrete information on a mere 5%. The quote below references the top 43% of these chemicals that are used in the highest volumes.
“Only 43% of high-volume chemicals have been tested for their potential human toxicity, and only 7% have been studied for their possible effects on development.” Environmental Protection Agency

9. Even small exposures to chemicals can have cause irreparable damage.
“Acute and chronic, high and low-level exposures to chemicals in the environment of children may cause functional and organic damage, during periods of special vulnerability.” World Health Organization

10. Exposures to chemicals can lead to endocrine disruption, hormone imbalances and complications with growth and development.
Some chemicals in cleaning products have been linked to reproductive harm, which includes changes in sexual behavior, decreases in fertility, menstrual changes, changes in the onset of puberty, cancers of reproductive organs, miscarriage, premature birth and other effects. Many scientists now believe that chemical exposure, even at very low levels, can have adverse impacts on the reproductive system.”Women’s Voices for the Earth

The Environmental Working Group has a list of what they call the Dirty Dozen of endocrine disruptors and where you will most commonly find them.

Join the conversation on social media and tell us why you’re ditching the chemicals using the hashtag #DitchTheChemicals2017. Remember to tag us @eclothusa (Instagram), @ecloth (Twitter) and @eclothUSA (Facebook)




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