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What to look for in ecofriendly products?

I recently was looking at Kirkland Brand Automatic Dishwashing detergent. The label says that it is phosphate free. I also was looking at Kirkland Brand Shampoo and Conditioner, which are paraben free and 100% vegan. These both sound great, but then I realized I don't know what to look for when trying to find eco friendly alternatives to these types of items. What should I be looking for?

FWIW, I'm not quite ready to try no poo or make my own detergents at this point.


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Re: What to look for in ecofriendly products?

  • When you find out let me know!  I am on a lifelong quest for natural bath and beauty products. Everything irritates my skin and if it isn't irritating my skin it is breaking me out.....grrr!
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  • Read the labels.  You should be able to recognize of the ingredients.  Anything you don't recognize look up and see what it is.  There are lots of online guides that rate products and ingredients and how eco-friendly they are.

    Another good way to think of some things that you rub on your body (soaps and shampoos) is that everything that rubs into your skin has the potential of getting into your blood stream.  So if you're not willing to put it IN your body you should also avoid putting it ON your body.  But with that being said, I use Borax in my laundry detergent and I wouldn't eat that or rub it on my skin.  So it doesn't apply for everything... or maybe I should just stop using Borax?

  • In personal care or household products, I look for all the following. DH is very allergic to SLS, it makes his hair fall out (!!!) so that's a biggie.

    -No SLS

    -No animal testing

    -No parabens

    -No harsh preservatives (big ingredient names I can't pronouce)

    -No GMOs

    -No phylates

    -No chlorine

    -No phosphates

    Generally speaking, I try to buy organic or almost-organic, like the Organic Wear line of makeup.

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