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The cost of truly being green

One of the questions we frequently get asked is, “why are Live for Tomorrow products pricier than other green cleaning products?”. Looking at the purchase price alone, it is understandable why someone would pose this question. There is so much to our product line that we want to share so that our customers understand the value that is contained in every product. It all comes down to three factors: ingredients, packaging and concentration.

  1. Ingredients: When we say that our products are made of plant and mineral based ingredients, we mean it! We walk our talk. We avoid known carcinogens, mutagens and reproductive toxins listed by the U.S. National Toxicology Program, and the European Union’s REACH. We also do not use palm oil – as deforestation is negatively impacting natural habitats. As such, our ingredients are typically found in food products and / or premium personal care products. The number one ingredient used as a cleaning agent in our detergents is coconut. This coupled with the 100% pure essential oils used for our scents are costly and are the main drivers for the price of our products.

 

  1. Packaging: Prior to launching Live for Tomorrow, we made a conscious decision that we would put as much emphasis on the packaging as we do on our ingredients. This in turn is how we ended up with aluminum bottles– a material that can be readily recycled into another products. According to ca“ nearly 75 per cent of all the aluminum produced since 1888 is still in use today and the process uses 95 per cent less energy than using virgin ore.” And on top of using earth-friendly packaging, we hope that you love the sleek, light-weight design. While the aluminum can be recycled in your local blue bin, it can also be re-used and refilled with your favourite Live for Tomorrow product, when you visit one of our refill retail partners! By doing so, you save money by not buying new packaging.

 

  1. Concentration: By taking the steps we have outlined in 1 and 2 above, we have offset the associated higher costs by creating highly concentrated products. This is where it is important to consider the number of loads contained in each bottle. For example, our 500 ml liquid laundry detergent contains enough product for 50 loads of laundry. At our manufacturer suggested retail price (“MSRP”) of $17.95 that works out to $0.359 per load, which is comparable, and in some cases even more affordable, than some of our competitors. And to top it off, our bottles are so small and light, that you can easily carry it instead of lugging a big jug of plastic.

 

Bottom line, there is more to our products than a sticker price. We recommend that you read the ingredients used in products and become familiar with them to decipher the good from the bad. If you are interested in learning more about ingredients, check out our ingredients page – it contains details of all the ingredients that we use in Live for Tomorrow products – and below is a very extensivelist of nasty ones that we avoid by product category.

Keep in mind two things – 1) if the brand is not being transparent about the ingredients used, ask yourself why not, and 2) just because a brand used to use good ingredients, it doesn’t mean that they have continued to do so… especially when little players are acquired by big players. So, keep an eye out! As a little player, we promise to stick to principles and bring you only products filled with good ingredients!

Toxic ingredients we avoid in Laundry Detergent

Ingredient Function Information
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Surfactant SLS, SLES and ALS are irritants at concentrations of 2 percent or greater.Often contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a by-product of the manufacturing process that is “possibly carcinogenic to humans” and may also cause negatives effects in the kidneys, liver and central nervous system

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns:Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns:Ecotoxicology

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS) Surfactant About SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE: Sodium Laureth Sulfate is an ingredient derived from ethoxylated lauryl alcohol and used as a surfactant; may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps

Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) Surfactant About COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE: Cocamidopropyl betaine is a synthetic surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology

 

Ingredient Function Information
Linear Alkyl Benzene Sulfonates (LAS) Surfactant Benzene is a natural constituent of crude oil, but it is usually synthesized from other compounds present in petroleum.

From EWG.org: Some Concern: chronic aquatic toxicity, acute aquatic toxicity

Nonylphenol Ethoxylate (NPE) Surfactant/ emulsifier/  solubilizer A petrochemical surfactant

From EWG.org: Evidence of cancer; developmental / endocrine / reproductive effects; damage to DNA. Found in freshwater, salt water, human breast milk, urine.

Alcohol Ethoxylate (APE) Surfactant, From EWG.org:
Some Concern:
 chronic aquatic toxicity, damage to DNA, respiratory effects, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, digestive system effects, nervous system effects, acute aquatic toxicity, damage to vision, cancer
Phosphates Water softener/ whitening Increase algae growth, choking off waterways and suffocating salmon and other aquatic life.
Optical brighteners Whitening Optical brighteners consist of anything from benzene to disulfonic acid (both of which are considered extremely toxic). May cause developmental and reproductive effects on humans. Are not readily bio-degradable and may bio-accumulate.
Ethylene-Diamino-Tetra-Acetate Acid (EDTA) Water softener Alternative to Phosphates. It has been found to be both cytotoxic and weakly genotoxic. Oral exposures have been noted to cause reproductive and developmental effects

 

Ingredient Function Information
Sodium Hypochlorite Bleach This is a chemical precursor to chlorine. Bleach may be used separately or may be included in the detergent itself. It’s known to irritate skin, eyes, and lungs, and when it mixes with wastewater, it can form toxic organic compounds that have been linked with respiratory issues, liver, and kidney damage.

From EWG.org: Evidence of skin irritation/allergies/damage; acute aquatic toxicity; respiratory effects

Propylene Glycol (polyalkylene oxide)/ Ethylene Glycol (ethylene oxide) Lower freezing point/ de-ice About PROPYLENE GLYCOL: Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin conditioning agent. It has been associated with irritant and allergic contact dermatitis as well as contact urticaria in humans; these sensitization effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2%.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Data gaps

Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monooleate Surfactant/ emulsifier/ solubilizer May contain Dioxane 1,4

From EWG.org: Evidence of cancer; developmental / endocrine / reproductive effects; damage to DNA

Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) Biocide/ preservative Allergenic and cytotoxic.

 From EWG.org: Evidence of acute aquatic toxicity; skin irritation/allergies/damage

 

Ingredient Function Information
Sodium Hypochlorite Bleach This is a chemical precursor to chlorine. Bleach may be used separately or may be included in the detergent itself. It’s known to irritate skin, eyes, and lungs, and when it mixes with wastewater, it can form toxic organic compounds that have been linked with respiratory issues, liver, and kidney damage.

From EWG.org: Evidence of skin irritation/allergies/damage; acute aquatic toxicity; respiratory effects

Propylene Glycol (polyalkylene oxide)/ Ethylene Glycol (ethylene oxide) Lower freezing point/ de-ice About PROPYLENE GLYCOL: Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin conditioning agent. It has been associated with irritant and allergic contact dermatitis as well as contact urticaria in humans; these sensitization effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2%.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Data gaps

Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monooleate Surfactant/ emulsifier/ solubilizer May contain Dioxane 1,4

 From EWG.org: Evidence of cancer; developmental/ endocrine/reproductive effects; damage to DNA

Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) Biocide/ preservative Allergenic and cytotoxic.

From EWG.org: Evidence of acute aquatic toxicity; skin irritation/allergies/damage

 

Toxic ingredients in Dryer Sheets

Ingredient Function Information
Alpha Terpineol Fragrance Can cause headaches, loss muscular control, central nervous damage and respiratory problems
Benzyl Acetate Fragrance Has been linked to pancreatic cancer.

From EWG.org: Low concern for general systemic/organ effects; skin irritation/allergies/damage.

Benyl Alcohol Fragrance About BENZYL ALCOHOL: Benzyl alcohol is a naturally occurring and synthetic ingredient used as solvent and preservative; has been associated with contact allergy.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Occupational hazards; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps

Chloroform Aromatic compound A known carcinogenic neurotoxin.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards, Persistence and bioaccumulation; Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology, Endocrine disruption

Dichlorobenzene Deodorizing Extremely carcinogenic solvent used to make paint thinners. It is linked to liver and nerve damage.
Ethyl Acetate Fragrance About ETHYL ACETATE: Ethyl acetate is a widely used synthetic solvent.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards; Other LOW concerns: Data gaps

 

Ingredient Function Information
Ethanol Solvent About ETHANOL: Ethanol or ethyl alcohol is considered broadly toxic and linked to birth defects following excessive oral ingestion. Potential risks from ethanol in personal care products are significantly smaller than the health risks posed by the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

On ‘EPA’s’ hazardous waste list, can cause central nervous system disorders.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Occupational hazards

Linalool Fragrance From EWG.org: About LINALOOL: Linalool is a terpene.Function(s): Fragrance Ingredient; DEODORANT; MASKING
Pentane Solvent About PENTANE: Pentane is an aliphatic hydrocarbon.

 Harmful if inhaled – can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, loss of consciousness & central nervous system depression.

 From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards; Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (Quats) Solvent From EWG.org: Evidence of skin irritation/allergies/damage; acute aquatic toxicity; respiratory effects

 

Toxic ingredients we avoid in Dish Liquid

Ingredient Function Information
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Surfactant SLS, SLES and ALS are irritants at concentrations of 2 percent or greater.

Often contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a by-product of the manufacturing process that is “possibly carcinogenic to humans” and may also cause negatives effects in the kidneys, liver and central nervous system

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns:Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive);Other LOW concerns:Ecotoxicology

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS) Surfactant About SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE: Sodium Laureth Sulfate is an ingredient derived from ethoxylated lauryl alcohol and used as a surfactant; may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.

 From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps

Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) Surfactant About COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE: Cocamidopropyl betaine is a synthetic surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology

 

Ingredient Function Information
Linear Alkyl Benzene Sulfonates (LAS) Surfactant Benzene is a natural constituent of crude oil, but it is usually synthesized from other compounds present in petroleum.

From EWG.org: Some Concern: chronic aquatic toxicity, acute aquatic toxicity

Nonylphenol Ethoxylate (NPE) Surfactant/ emulsifier/  solubilizer A petrochemical surfactant

From EWG.org: Evidence of cancer; developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects; damage to DNA. Found in freshwater, salt water, human breast milk, urine.

Alcohol Ethoxylate (APE) Surfactant, From EWG.org:
Some Concern:
 chronic aquatic toxicity, damage to DNA, respiratory effects, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, digestive system effects, nervous system effects, acute aquatic toxicity, damage to vision, cancer
Phosphates Water softener/ whitening Increase algae growth, choking off waterways and suffocating salmon and other aquatic life.
Triclosan Biocide About TRICLOSAN: Triclosan is an antibacterial agent and preservative used in personal care and home-cleaning products; persistent in the environment and may be associated with endocrine (hormonal) toxicity.

 From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Persistence and bioaccumulation; Other MODERATE concerns: Endocrine disruption, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Ecotoxicology

Ethylene-Diamino-Tetra-Acetate Acid (EDTA) Water softener Alternative to Phosphates. It has been found to be both cytotoxic and weakly genotoxic. Oral exposures have been noted to cause reproductive and developmental effects.

 

Ingredient Function Information
Sodium Hypochlorite Bleach This is a chemical precursor to chlorine. Bleach may be used separately or may be included in the detergent itself. It’s known to irritate skin, eyes, and lungs, and when it mixes with wastewater, it can form toxic organic compounds that have been linked with respiratory issues, liver, and kidney damage.

From EWG.org: Evidence of skin irritation/allergies/damage; acute aquatic toxicity; respiratory effects

Propylene Glycol (polyalkylene oxide)/ Ethylene Glycol (ethylene oxide) Lower freezing point/ de-ice About PROPYLENE GLYCOL: Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin conditioning agent. It has been associated with irritant and allergic contact dermatitis as well as contact urticaria in humans; these sensitization effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2%.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Data gaps

Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monooleate Surfactant/ emulsifier/  solubilizer May contain Dioxane 1, 4

 From EWG.org: Evidence of cancer; developmental/ endocrine/reproductive effects; damage to DNA

Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) Biocide/ preservative Allergenic and cytotoxic

From EWG.org: Evidence of acute aquatic toxicity; skin irritation/allergies/damage

 

Ingredient Function Information
Sodium Benzoate Preservative From EWG.org: Low concern for biodegradation; acute aquatic toxicity; general systemic/organ effects
Artificial fragrances Scent Complex mixture of dozens of chemicals. Some 3,000 chemicals are used as fragrances. Irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms.
Phthalate (Butyl Benzyl Phthalate/ Dibutyl Phthalate) Solvent/ Fragrance About DIBUTYL PHTHALATE: The State of California and other authoritative bodies have classified dibutyl phthalate (DBP) as a reproductive and developmental toxicant, and the European Union banned the use of this ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products. In animal studies, exposure to DBP during gestation causes infertility, cryptorchidism and problems in sperm development, adverse effects similar to human testicular dysgenesis syndrome. Prenatal exposure to DBP has been associated with anatomical changes in the reproductive system development in baby boys. In adult men, DBP has been correlated with changes in serum hormone levels, lower sperm concentration and motility, and decreased fertility.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Endocrine disruption, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation; Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Ecotoxicology

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (Quats) Solvent From EWG.org: Evidence of skin irritation/allergies/damage; acute aquatic toxicity; respiratory effects

 

Toxic ingredients we avoid in Hand Soap

Ingredient Function Information
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Surfactant SLS, SLES and ALS are irritants at concentrations of 2 percent or greater.

Often contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a by-product of the manufacturing process that is “possibly carcinogenic to humans” and may also cause negatives effects in the kidneys, liver and central nervous system

 From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns:Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive);Other LOW concerns:Ecotoxicology

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS) Surfactant About SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE: Sodium Laureth Sulfate is an ingredient derived from ethoxylated lauryl alcohol and used as a surfactant; may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.

 From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps

Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) Surfactant About COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE: Cocamidopropyl betaine is a synthetic surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology

 

Ingredient Function Information
Linear Alkyl Benzene Sulfonates (LAS) Surfactant Benzene is a natural constituent of crude oil, but it is usually synthesized from other compounds present in petroleum.

From EWG.org: Some Concern: chronic aquatic toxicity, acute aquatic toxicity

Nonylphenol Ethoxylate (NPE) Surfactant/ emulsifier/  solubilizer A petrochemical surfactant

From EWG.org: Evidence of cancer; developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects; damage to DNA. Found in freshwater, salt water, human breast milk, urine.

Alcohol Ethoxylate (APE) Surfactant, From EWG.org:
Some Concern:
 chronic aquatic toxicity, damage to DNA, respiratory effects, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, digestive system effects, nervous system effects, acute aquatic toxicity, damage to vision, cancer
Phosphates Water softener/ whitening Increase algae growth, choking off waterways and suffocating salmon and other aquatic life.
Triclosan Biocide About TRICLOSAN: Triclosan is an antibacterial agent and preservative used in personal care and home-cleaning products; persistent in the environment and may be associated with endocrine (hormonal) toxicity.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Persistence and bioaccumulation; Other MODERATE concerns: Endocrine disruption, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Ecotoxicology

Ethylene-Diamino-Tetra-Acetate Acid (EDTA) Water softener Alternative to Phosphates. It has been found to be both cytotoxic and weakly genotoxic. Oral exposures have been noted to cause reproductive and developmental effects.

 

Ingredient Function Information
Sodium Benzoate Preservative From EWG.org: Low concern for biodegradation; acute aquatic toxicity; general systemic/organ effects
Artificial fragrances Scent Complex mixture of dozens of chemicals. Some 3,000 chemicals are used as fragrances. Irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms.
Phthalate (Butyl Benzyl Phthalate/ Dibutyl Phthalate) Solvent/ Fragrance About DIBUTYL PHTHALATE: The State of California and other authoritative bodies have classified dibutyl phthalate (DBP) as a reproductive and developmental toxicant, and the European Union banned the use of this ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products. In animal studies, exposure to DBP during gestation causes infertility, cryptorchidism and problems in sperm development, adverse effects similar to human testicular dysgenesis syndrome. Prenatal exposure to DBP has been associated with anatomical changes in the reproductive system development in baby boys. In adult men, DBP has been correlated with changes in serum hormone levels, lower sperm concentration and motility, and decreased fertility.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Endocrine disruption, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation; Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Ecotoxicology

 

Toxic ingredients we avoid in Hard Surface Cleaners

Ingredient Function Information
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Surfactant SLS, SLES and ALS are irritants at concentrations of 2 percent or greater.

Often contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a by-product of the manufacturing process that is “possibly carcinogenic to humans” and may also cause negatives effects in the kidneys, liver and central nervous system

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns:Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive);Other LOW concerns:Ecotoxicology

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS) Surfactant About SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE: Sodium Laureth Sulfate is an ingredient derived from ethoxylated lauryl alcohol and used as a surfactant; may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps

Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) Surfactant About COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE: Cocamidopropyl betaine is a synthetic surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology

 

Ingredient Function Information
Linear Alkyl Benzene Sulfonates (LAS) Surfactant Benzene is a natural constituent of crude oil, but it is usually synthesized from other compounds present in petroleum.

From EWG.org: Some Concern: chronic aquatic toxicity, acute aquatic toxicity

Nonylphenol Ethoxylate (NPE) Surfactant/ emulsifier/  solubilizer A petrochemical surfactant

From EWG.org: Evidence of cancer; developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects; damage to DNA. Found in freshwater, salt water, human breast milk, urine.

Alcohol Ethoxylate (APE) Surfactant, From EWG.org:
Some Concern:
 chronic aquatic toxicity, damage to DNA, respiratory effects, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, digestive system effects, nervous system effects, acute aquatic toxicity, damage to vision, cancer
Phosphates Water softener/ whitening Increase algae growth, choking off waterways and suffocating salmon and other aquatic life.
Triclosan Biocide About TRICLOSAN: Triclosan is an antibacterial agent and preservative used in personal care and home-cleaning products; persistent in the environment and may be associated with endocrine (hormonal) toxicity.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Persistence and bioaccumulation; Other MODERATE concerns: Endocrine disruption, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Ecotoxicology

Ethylene-Diamino-Tetra-Acetate Acid (EDTA) Water softener Alternative to Phosphates. It has been found to be both cytotoxic and weakly genotoxic. Oral exposures have been noted to cause reproductive and developmental effects.

 

Ingredient Function Information
Sodium Hypochlorite Bleach This is a chemical precursor to chlorine. Bleach may be used separately or may be included in the detergent itself. It’s known to irritate skin, eyes, and lungs, and when it mixes with wastewater, it can form toxic organic compounds that have been linked with respiratory issues, liver, and kidney damage.

From EWG.org: Evidence of skin irritation/allergies/damage; acute aquatic toxicity; respiratory effects

Propylene Glycol (polyalkylene oxide)/ Ethylene Glycol (ethylene oxide) Lower freezing point/ de-ice About PROPYLENE GLYCOL: Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin conditioning agent. It has been associated with irritant and allergic contact dermatitis as well as contact urticaria in humans; these sensitization effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2%.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Data gaps

Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monooleate Surfactant/ emulsifier/  solubilizer May contain Dioxane 1,4

 From EWG.org: Evidence of cancer; developmental/ endocrine/reproductive effects; damage to DNA

Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) Biocide/ preservative Allergenic and cytotoxic.

From EWG.org: Evidence of acute aquatic toxicity; skin irritation/allergies/damage

 

Ingredient Function Information
Sodium Benzoate Preservative From EWG.org: Low concern for biodegradation; acute aquatic toxicity; general systemic/organ effects
Artificial fragrances Scent Complex mixture of dozens of chemicals. Some 3,000 chemicals are used as fragrances. Irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms.
Phthalate (Butyl Benzyl Phthalate/ Dibutyl Phthalate) Solvent/ Fragrance About DIBUTYL PHTHALATE: The State of California and other authoritative bodies have classified dibutyl phthalate (DBP) as a reproductive and developmental toxicant, and the European Union banned the use of this ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products. In animal studies, exposure to DBP during gestation causes infertility, cryptorchidism and problems in sperm development, adverse effects similar to human testicular dysgenesis syndrome. Prenatal exposure to DBP has been associated with anatomical changes in the reproductive system development in baby boys. In adult men, DBP has been correlated with changes in serum hormone levels, lower sperm concentration and motility, and decreased fertility.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Endocrine disruption, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation; Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Ecotoxicology

2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE, also known as butyl cellosolve) Fragrance/ viscosity adjuster About BUTOXYETHANOL: Butoxyethanol is an ether alcohol.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps

 

Ingredient Function Information
Ammonia Fragrance/ viscosity adjuster About AMMONIA:Ammonia is an inorganic gas. (See also Ammonium Hydroxide).

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Occupational hazards, Persistence and bioaccumulation; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

Ethanolamine Compounds (monoethanalomine

 – MEA, diethanolamine

 – DEA, triethanolamine

– TEA And Others)

pH Adjuster/ buffering About ETHANOLAMINE: Ethanolamine is a small-molecular weight, nitrogen-containing buffering agent.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Occupational hazards; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (Quats) Solvent From EWG.org: Evidence of skin irritation/allergies/damage; acute aquatic toxicity; respiratory effects
Ethyl Alcohol Solvent About ETHANOL: Ethanol or ethyl alcohol is considered broadly toxic and linked to birth defects following excessive oral ingestion. Potential risks from ethanol in personal care products are significantly smaller than the health risks posed by the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Occupational hazards

 

Toxic ingredients we avoid in Dishwasher Powder

Ingredient Function Information
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Surfactant SLS, SLES and ALS are irritants at concentrations of 2 percent or greater.

Often contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a by-product of the manufacturing process that is “possibly carcinogenic to humans” and may also cause negatives effects in the kidneys, liver and central nervous system

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns:Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive);Other LOW concerns:Ecotoxicology

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS) Surfactant About SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE: Sodium Laureth Sulfate is an ingredient derived from ethoxylated lauryl alcohol and used as a surfactant; may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps

Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) Surfactant About COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE: Cocamidopropyl betaine is a synthetic surfactant; it has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis, reactions that could be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it, such as 3-dimethylaminopropylamine.

 From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns; Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology

 

Ingredient Function Information
Linear Alkyl Benzene Sulfonates (LAS) Surfactant Benzene is a natural constituent of crude oil, but it is usually synthesized from other compounds present in petroleum.

From EWG.org: Some Concern: chronic aquatic toxicity, acute aquatic toxicity

Nonylphenol Ethoxylate (NPE) Surfactant/ emulsifier/  solubilizer A petrochemical surfactant

From EWG.org: Evidence of cancer; developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects; damage to DNA. Found in freshwater, salt water, human breast milk, urine.

Alcohol Ethoxylate (APE) Surfactant, From EWG.org:
Some Concern:
 chronic aquatic toxicity, damage to DNA, respiratory effects, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, digestive system effects, nervous system effects, acute aquatic toxicity, damage to vision, cancer
Phosphates Water softener/ whitening Increase algae growth, choking off waterways and suffocating salmon and other aquatic life.
Triclosan Biocide About TRICLOSAN: Triclosan is an antibacterial agent and preservative used in personal care and home-cleaning products; persistent in the environment and may be associated with endocrine (hormonal) toxicity.

 From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Persistence and bioaccumulation; Other MODERATE concerns: Endocrine disruption, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Ecotoxicology

Ethylene-Diamino-Tetra-Acetate Acid (EDTA) Water softener Alternative to Phosphates. It has been found to be both cytotoxic and weakly genotoxic. Oral exposures have been noted to cause reproductive and developmental effects.

 

Ingredient Function Information
Sodium Hypochlorite Bleach This is a chemical precursor to chlorine. Bleach may be used separately or may be included in the detergent itself. It’s known to irritate skin, eyes, and lungs, and when it mixes with wastewater, it can form toxic organic compounds that have been linked with respiratory issues, liver, and kidney damage.

 From EWG.org: Evidence of skin irritation/allergies/damage; acute aquatic toxicity; respiratory effects

Propylene Glycol (polyalkylene oxide)/ Ethylene Glycol (ethylene oxide) Lower freezing point/ de-ice About PROPYLENE GLYCOL: Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin conditioning agent. It has been associated with irritant and allergic contact dermatitis as well as contact urticaria in humans; these sensitization effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2%.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Data gaps

Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monooleate Surfactant/ emulsifier/  solubilizer May contain Dioxane 1,4

From EWG.org: Evidence of cancer; developmental/ endocrine/reproductive effects; damage to DNA

Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) Biocide/ preservative Allergenic and cytotoxic

From EWG.org:Evidence of acute aquatic toxicity; skin irritation/allergies/damage

 

Ingredient Function Information
Sodium Benzoate Preservative From EWG.org: Low concern for biodegradation; acute aquatic toxicity; general systemic/organ effects
Artificial fragrances Scent Complex mixture of dozens of chemicals. Some 3,000 chemicals are used as fragrances. Irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms.
Phthalate (Butyl Benzyl Phthalate/ Dibutyl Phthalate) Solvent/ Fragrance About DIBUTYL PHTHALATE: The State of California and other authoritative bodies have classified dibutyl phthalate (DBP) as a reproductive and developmental toxicant, and the European Union banned the use of this ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products. In animal studies, exposure to DBP during gestation causes infertility, cryptorchidism and problems in sperm development, adverse effects similar to human testicular dysgenesis syndrome. Prenatal exposure to DBP has been associated with anatomical changes in the reproductive system development in baby boys. In adult men, DBP has been correlated with changes in serum hormone levels, lower sperm concentration and motility, and decreased fertility.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Endocrine disruption, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation; Other LOW concerns: Data gaps, Ecotoxicology

2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE, also known as butyl cellosolve) Fragrance/ viscosity adjuster About BUTOXYETHANOL: Butoxyethanol is an ether alcohol.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps

 

Ingredient Function Information
Ammonia Fragrance/ viscosity adjuster About AMMONIA:Ammonia is an inorganic gas. (See also Ammonium Hydroxide).

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Occupational hazards, Persistence and bioaccumulation; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Ecotoxicology, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

Ethanolamine Compounds (monoethanalomine

 – MEA, diethanolamine

 – DEA, triethanolamine

– TEA And Others)

pH Adjuster/ buffering About ETHANOLAMINE: Ethanolamine is a small-molecular weight, nitrogen-containing buffering agent.

From EWG.org: Other HIGH concerns: Occupational hazards; Other MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (Quats) Solvent From EWG.org: Evidence of skin irritation/allergies/damage; acute aquatic toxicity; respiratory effects
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