Clean Lists

Do you ever wonder what’s in your sunscreen, shampoo, laundry detergent, water,the food you eat? Use the resources below to keep you and your family toxin free. And remember to bookmark this page for future reference.

what we BREATHE into our bodies

  • The EPA offers myriad options to find information on the quality of the air, the ozone levels, and fine particulates in the atmosphere where you live, work, or vacation. Click here to visit the EPA website and enter your zip code to access “My Environment” (located below the map of the U.S.). Click “more air” for even more detailed information.
  • State of the Air App – This is a free app by The American Lung Association where you can get up-to-date air quality information by zip code.
  • Want to know who you share your air with? The EPA’s new database on greenhouse gas emissions is now online and allows users to identify the major stationary sources of carbon dioxide and other climate-changing gases in their area, including power plants, refineries, chemical factories and paper mills.
  • Once again the Environmental Working Group is the leader in providing unbiased information about clean products. You know that you are breathing the fumes from of the chemicals you use to clean your home, right? Please choose wisely by consulting EWG’s reviews on these consumer cleaning products:
    • Air Fresheners
    • All Purpose Cleaners
    • Bathroom Cleaners
    • Dishwashing Detergent
    • Floor Care
    • Furniture
    • Kitchen
    • Laundry
    • Other

 

what we PUT ON our bodies
The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep site offers excellent lists of the best and worst personal care products on the market today, covering:

    • Sunscreen
    • Makeup
    • Skincare
    • Hair
    • Nails
    • Fragrance
    • Oral Care
    • Babies and Moms
    • Men’s

 

what we PUT IN our bodies
What we eat and drink can be as much of a drug, or pollutant, as anything else. Take a look at these lists to ensure you and your family are safe from unwanted toxins.

  • Tap Water – Water is one of the most important life sources on our planet. Remember that it’s not just the water we drink that enters our bodies. Our skin is our largest organ and when we shower, our pores open up and can absorb many of chemicals present in the water. I’ve personally chosen to filter all the water entering my home for this reason. It’s important to know that all drinking water in the U.S. is regulated by the Clean Water Act, but not all states manage it the same so contact your local utilities district and ask for a water quality report for your address.
  • Bottled Water – If you’re one of those people who still think bottled water is better than tap in the U.S. then please read the EWG’s survey of bottled water. It’s a 39-page report, but you can skip to the “Shelf of Shame” on page 14 to see if your brand is listed.
  • Food – Michael Pollen sums it up best. “Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” And keep it organic if possible.
    • The Dirty Dozen – The top 12 foods you should ONLY buy organic and 33 more to consider.
    • Dirty Dozen App – No need to memorize the list. Download the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen app and take it with you to the grocery store.