Method, a green cleaning product manufacturer, came out with the “Dirty Ingredient” list which catalogs a list of toxic ingredients common in personal care and cleaning products. There are currently more than 85,000 synthetic chemicals registered for use in North America. Only 10% of them have been fully tested for their effects on human health and the environment. It is difficult to know about all of the harmful chemicals, toxins, and products in your office and home when you don’t necessarily see, feel, or even smell them.
- You can download a pocket guide from the Environmental Working Group called Shoppers Guide to Safe Cosmetics which is a quick list of ingredients to avoid.
- Another good shopping guide from the Organic Consumers Association called Personal Care and Cleaning Products suggests brand name products to purchase that are safe and non-toxic.
- Consumer Reports Greener Choices also has a good information and listing of things to avoid when purchasing cleaners.