We have all been affected by greenwashing. So what is greenwashing and how do you avoid it?
Since being deceived for almost my whole life, I have found interest in seeking information to become more informed about health, wellness, and science. When I saw a few of my friends on social media sharing some facts they pulled from the article released from Organic Consumer Association, I quickly tried to find the direct source for myself.
With everything online today, it only took a few minutes to find the original study and actually discovered Organic Consumer Association to be a great resource for healthy living. Of course I'm here sharing what I found with you because I want our community to always know where to read about current consumer reports and health findings to make informed decisions.
The recent study that was released from Organic Consumer Association, which is a public organization founded with the mission to "protect consumers' right to safe, healthful food and other consumer products, a just food and farming system and an environment rich in biodiversity and free of pollutants" (Organic Consumer Association).
Organizations such as Organic Consumer Association and Environmental Working Group, advocate for our health and wellness while demanding change in regulations. It's wonderful to have these organizations working toward cleaner products. Finding similar facts over the last three years has pushed me to change my lifestyle to Young Living and share previous posts earlier in the year. Although, seeing updated results and findings also builds frustration and anger because I have been ignorant of the ingredients in my products before. Possibly in the same situation you are in now which is why I am here. It's reassuring to see that people are interested in a healthy lifestyle, but scary most of my friends are still unaware of chemicals lurking in personal care or cleaning products. My goal is to help share how I made the decision to make the switch to Young Living.
I truly want to spread awareness so that my friends and family can make the best decisions for wellness and health in mind. When I discovered the truth about many consumer products that filled my home in the past, there was no way that I was going to keep it a secret.
I felt completely blindsided, basically hit and tackled by the hard facts after college. It was a time in my life when I was also struggling with my skin and eczema the most. I was dubious about where to go with my skin care and felt there nothing I could do. I remember thinking that I simply had to deal with this and it was just the way it is. I often wish I could go back and tell my younger self a few things, specially about beauty and skin care. Don't let anyone make you think it's the only way.
Young Living literally landed in my lap when I was about 26 year old, I knew nothing about essential oils but I slowing started using my Premium Starter Kit. Frankincense, Lavender and Purification immediately supported my skin and was instantly a believer that these things actually work! Basically go back and ready my young living story that I shared before. Real changes in my home occurred when I discovered how harmful my old products are to the body and pets. Literally, every single product in my home was filled with chemicals.
I was outraged from the facts and started making changed. Our house is now filled with Young Living products, essential oils, and diffusers. Our simple reason why we use Young Living is because when you know the facts its hard to be content with continuing using products that are dangerous. Our wellness journey is all about learning more and doing a little bit better everyday.
I was an uninformed consumer for almost my entire lifetime, which concerns me but after taking a little time to listen and learn about this lifestyle, I realized there was a better way. We have found that Young Living plant-based products and essential oils actually work while at the same time support our body too. I made the decision three years ago to slowly change our home and I am never looking back!
One thing that really drives me the most with building my Essentially Well community and sharing Young Living are the facts I discover, so I only hope I am able to help you sort through the information that's projected into our brains where you can find a better place too.
I'm going to go through some information I find important for understanding products which I have talked about before, because of the new study from Organic Consumer Association. I have had enough of the lies on labels, the marketing, the regulations, all of it. It’s truly disturbing and scary. It's information below that was enough for me to take baby steps toward change.
I found it important to understand The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which are the regulations from 43 years ago! The Toxic Substance Control Act grandfathered hundreds of ingredients, allowing chemicals and toxins to stay in mainstream product recipes back in 1976. In the last 43 years we have learned so much about these harmful ingredients which is really concerning that recipes from before The Toxic Substance Control Act have been allowed to keep the products as is. Even though we now know ingredients are harmful, the regulations have not changed.
There are only 11 ingredients banned from the United States yet over 1500 in Europe! Young Living announced at convention that they are not including 2 in their Savvy Mineral Makeup making The New Standard in Clean Beauty Savvy Minerals.
In my opinion, we know from the past that decades of using chemicals, such as formaldehyde in smoking, cause acute and chronic issues in the body. Why would these chemicals be any different to the body?
I often read articles, such as the ones below, and I reflect on the epidemic of health concerns. I feel far too many in kids, women, and men are struggling from the influenced lifestyle around us.
When using personal care or cleaning products our skin actually absorbs the ingredients, so if its filled with harsh ingredients then those chemicals will interact with our cells. Chemicals absorbed into our body through our skin build up over time causing bioaccumulation. These toxins interrupt functions in our body, influence our cells, and our hormones. I feel that theses small elements change our chemistry and physiology, and how our body is supposed to work.
There are two things that make me outraged:
1. The fact that people are misled by the greenwashing and often truly believe they are purchasing “natural” or “organic” products even though the ingredients listed on the label show otherwise is unsettling in my stomach.
2. The fact that the term “fragrance” is an simply an umbrella term for thousands of chemicals linked to chronic health concerns is alarming.
Finding out these details helped change my life and I am so thankful that I found a better way. I am grateful to now reach for little bottles of essential oils instead of other things that damage my body.
Over the last three years our home has changed. I want you to know that it has taken three years to get where I am on this journey. I know sometimes these can seem overwhelming, but it wasn't overnight. With the help of community, education, and taking the time to consistently use the products and give young living a chance, I feel like I’m in the right spot. I feel confident and empowered by the choices I am making for my health.
Facts and findings are out there:
I found these recent articles which encouraged me to share again about greenwashing, harmful ingredients, and bioaccumulation. I hope that you are curious enough to read for yourself, here are a few of the articles and facts that stood out to me this morning.
Review the recent study from Organic Consumer Association
When reading through Organic Consumer Association, I found a very interesting PDF called, Right to Know: Exposing toxic fragrance chemicals in beauty, personal care and cleaning products.
Review these websites for more information on your products at home:
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I have already written several blog posts already that discuss these issues that make my blood boil. How I handle things like greenwashing, bioaccumulation, reading labels, chemicals to avoid, and how to simply switch with Young Living.
I use Young Living Essential Oil to create a natural, plant-based lifestyle because the transparency and integrity of the company for 25 years stands alone. There's nothing that compares to the Seed to Seal Standards used by Young Living, the first essential oil company here in the United States. There are decades of research put into the process bringing members 100% Pure Therapeutic Essential Oils.
With my heart truly in the place to help you slowly ditch chemicals in your lifestyle, I am here anytime to talk, answer your questions, and guide you to resources. I enjoy spending my time gathering this information to help inform you because I want the best for you. I know there is a better way and I can’t keep this information to myself.
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