There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the Environmental Working Group’s report “No More Toxic Tub”. The report highlights a study focusing on baby care products and dangerous ingredients. If you do a Google search for “toxic tub” or “toxic baby products”, you’ll find support for both sides of the argument. I’ve talked to lots of moms on this subject and I find three basic types of people:
- The Unconcerned: those who are either carefree or skeptical
- The Advocate: those who are convinced enough to make lifestyle changes
- The Undecided: those who aren’t sure what to believe
You may find yourself standing in the middle feeling nauseous. That would make you an Undecided. You already know if you fall into the other two categories. So, how do we know who to believe?
It doesn’t matter where you start on this journey, the decision is yours to make as a consumer and parent. It’s not your pediatrician’s job to decide for you. It’s certainly not my job to make the decision. It is not our government’s decision to make for us either. Many of the Unconcerned believe that our government would not allow harmful substances in baby care products. Here is an excerpt from the Toxic Tub Report describing the role of the FDA:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the safety of personal care products in the U.S., but lacks basic authority needed to ensure that products are actually safe. The FDA cannot require companies to test products for safety before they are sold, does not systematically review the safety of ingredients and does not set limits for common, harmful contaminants in products. The FDA also does not require contaminants to be listed on product ingredient labels.1 As a result, consumers have no way of knowing if their products contain toxic contaminants.
The bottom line is you have to decide. You have a baby, and possibly other children, who need soap, shampoo, and lotion. How will you decide what to buy? I hope you will make an informed decision. Here are a few places to start your research:
Have you already become an Advocate? If so, how did you come to that decision? Just click on the comment link at the bottom of this post and share your experience.