Keep A Breast Foundation - Non Toxic Revolution

KEEP A BREAST FOUNDATION

Spring Cleaning Is Here: 8 Must-Have Natural Ingredients That Will Help Get The Job Done

lemonsqueeze
For the most part we can’t control outdoor air pollution, but inside our own homes, we can control what we are exposed to on a daily basis. There are a lot of home cleaners out there that claim to be non toxic, but still contain many volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other harmful ingredients such as artificial fragrance, phthalates and formaldehyde. Making your own cleaning products is an easy way to take control of your personal environment by improving your indoor air quality, eliminate hazardous ingredients that could poison children or animals, and keep chemicals from entering the water supply.

Fortunately, you may already have some of the ingredients you need for most DIY cleaning. And if you don’t, they are easy to get because you can buy them at your local grocery or convenience store.

Baking Soda

You may have baking soda in your fridge to cut down on odor, but it does a lot more than that. Baking soda is great at scouring stubborn surfaces like tub or tile. It can be used by itself or mixed with castile soap for tough spots. Be sure to by the natural stuff and avoid the cheap stuff that has been heavily chemically processed. Then make this rockstar tile and tub cleaner from PopSugar.

Distilled White Vinegar

White vinegar is one of the most versatile ingredients in DIY home cleaning, it cuts grease, disinfects, removes stains and removes residue. It’s the perfect ingredient for an all-purpose cleaner is tough on any hard surfaces in your home that need some TLC. Check out this great all-purpose cleaner recipe from Wellness Mama.

Essential Oils

Environmental Working Group found that 75 percent of products that list fragrance as an ingredient contain phthalates, a hormone-disrupting chemical. If you get allergy type symptoms when you are around artificial fragrance sprays, you may have fragrance sensitivity and using essential oils to make your cleaning products smell the way you like is the ideal alternative. Lemon and Tea Tree essential oil are great additions to cleaning products because of their antibacterial properties and lavender is a calming and refreshing choice for any room. Check out this window cleaner recipe from Aura Cacia!

lemon

Castile Soap

Castile soap is a made with plant oils and without animal products or chemical detergents. Castile soap cleans gently while still cutting through grease. It is fragrance free so you can make it smell however you’d like with your choice of essential oils and use it in your all-purpose cleaner recipe or even as a body wash. Care2 has recipes for 12 awesome sues of castile soap.

Lemon Juice

Organic lemon juice is the gift from nature that keeps on giving. There are many uses for this fresh ingredient such as scrubbing grout, fix discolored brass and enhance DIY dish soap with its degreaser properties. It kills mold and mildew and shines hard surfaces while smelling great. Good Girl Gone Green has some lemon recipes for floor cleaner and wood polisher!

melcleans

Olive Oil

Olive oil is always a great go to for cooking, but that’s not all it can do. It can replace toxic oils that you would usually use to lubricate a squeaky door, or bring a silence steel sink to a super shine. It’s also a go to ingredient for polishing wood furniture (if you want a lemon scent like you are used to, you can add some lemon essential oil). Check out these 6 easy ways to clean with olive oil from Apartment Therapy.

 

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is known for its ability to be helpful in almost every situation, and that is also true in cleaning. You can mix coconut oil with baking soda to make a stain remover, use it to remove labels and their residue, rust and to polish bronze. It can also be very useful for personal cleaning, check out these awesome coconut oil uses from Organic Authority.

Citric Acid

Citric acid is derived from crystallized fruit sugars. It is a natural preservative, so it prevents water hardness and water spots as well as creating foam, which makes it useful in soaps and laundry detergents. Homemade dishwasher detergent works great with this recipe from Six Figures Under.

Now that you have the list of must-have spring cleaning ingredients, you can make your own cleaning products with super simple recipes on our website. It’s easy to take control of your indoor air quality when you know exactly what is going into your products, if you want to rate your existing products you visit the EWG cleaning products database and see if your cleaners pass the toxin test.

group

Posted in blog, your house | Leave a comment

Smiles Are in And Toxins Are Out: Spy Partners With Non Toxic Revolution On Eco-Conscious Sunglasses

SPY + Non Toxic Revolution

SPY® is Happy to expand its eco-conscious Recompose Collection with the SPY + Non Toxic Revolution (NTR) Discord—a limited edition eco-conscious frame made from 100% biodegradable Plantate™ and featuring the Happy Lens™.

“It’s so amazing that SPY has created a pair of sunglasses that share the same values of Non Toxic Revolution,” says Shaney Jo Darden, founder and CCO of the Keep a Breast Foundation. “We’re proud to partner with them and we’re hopeful this collaboration will inspire others to follow SPY’s lead and make a difference by increasing happiness and creating less waste.”

Non Toxic Revolution Heart & Soul

Inspired by the posters created by Studio No. 1 exclusively for Non Toxic Revolution, the NTR Discord is constructed from an all-natural plant polysaccharide material, printed with eco-friendly material and arrives with two different lens options—Happy Grey Green and Happy Grey Green with Red Spectra™—inside fully recycled packaging.

Part of SPY’s ongoing collaboration with Non Toxic Revolution and Keep A Breast Foundation, a portion of each sale will go toward helping its mission of informing, educating and inspiring young people to choose non-toxic products to help reduce instances of breast cancer. Now available in stores and online here.

Non Toxic Revolution Education Young People

Posted in blog, featured, heart and soul | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

WTF is Carrageenan And Why We Should Avoid It At All Costs

carrageenan

You may have heard or seen the ingredient carrageenan recently and wondered WTF is it?! The easy answer is that it’s a commonly used food additive that comes from red algae. Well that does sound too bad, right? Unfortunately, it’s origin can be deceiving. Yes, red algae comes from nature, but not all natural things were made for us to consume. This additive has zero nutritional value and can even do harm to your digestive system, skin or colon. The truth is coming out about carrageenan and people are demanding that corporations take it out of their products. This is what you need to know about this strange ingredient.

What products normally contain carrageenan and why?

Carrageenan is used as a thickener for dairy products and substitutes, an emulsifier to bind ingredients together that generally want to separate, and a stabilizer, giving foods the desired texture intended by the manufacturers. These traits make carrageenan very popular in dairy products and dairy substitutes (almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, dairy-free ice cream, etc.). It can also be found in baby formula, cottage cheese, flavored coconut water and even toothpaste! Carrageenan is basically only there to make the consistency of these dairy substitutes more comfortable for the consumer and to make low-fat foods fuller. Yes, the separation of this liquids can be alarming and strange looking, but is it worth a possible hazard to our health? Many companies think so and are often adding it to their organic products with the permission of the FDA. Organic foods have banned the use of chemical pesticides, GMOs and toxic synthetic additives, hopefully carrageenan will be put in the spotlight for the next FDA decision making gathering.

Why is carrageenan bad for us?

There are two types of carrageenan, undegraded and degraded, undegraded is food grade, according to the FDA, and degraded has been labeled as a carcinogen. In the beginning, it was believed that food grade carrageenan had no trace of it’s harmful side, but many studies have shown that the harmful effects cannot be separated and both types end up being carcinogens when digested. Carrageenan starts breaking down in the gastrointestinal tract and liver where it begins to become harmful. Mainly, it causes inflammation, which is linked to many diseases such as, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease and cancer. It triggers an immune system response that causes inflammation linked to stomach ulcers, as well as diabetes, due to its ability to impair our glucose tolerance. The problem is basically that it is not easily digested, or able to be digested at all, and has no nutritional value.

Why does the FDA say food grade carrageenan is ok?

Yes, carrageenan is an approved additive by the FDA. There are split opinions of whether or not carrageenan is harmful to humans. Most animal studies with adverse reactions are administered with their water, not their food and there have been very few human tests, so most of the outcomes are only founded on the animal reactions. Some say that food grade carrageenan can turn into the carcinogenic degraded kind during digestion and cause health problems when it gets to that stage. The bottom line is that there is an absence of prove that carrageenan does not cause harm and it’s best to take precautions with food questionable effects on our health.

What can we do to avoid it?

Make a habit of checking the ingredients for the products listed above to see if what you are buying contains carrageenan. You can also use this guide to see which common dairy and dairy substitutes do not contain this carcinogen. But the safest way to avoid harmful ingredients is to make it yourself. Unfortunately, a lot of non-dairy milks contain carrageenan to get that creamy consistent that mimics dairy milk, so sometimes it’s safer to skip the middle man and be your own manufacturer. Making almond milk is simple and guarantees that it only contains what you want to drink. Prefer coconut milk? This recipe only takes 10 minutes! Making your own non-dairy products isn’t only safer, but also cheaper, you spend less and waste less if you make smaller batches.

How Can I Help Get It Out Of Our Food?

Companies want to make what their customers want to buy, if your favorite products contain carrageenan, write a letter or email or call the company and let them know how you feel about it. The more complaints they get the more likely they will be to change it. You can also sign this petition that tells the FDA that we want carrageenan taken off the safe food additive list. Your voice is powerful and change can be made when enough people speak up and demand it.

When it comes to food, it’s always good to do your own research. If you don’t recognize an ingredient on the back of the label, look it up! Then you can make your own decision on whether or not you think it should be in your food and if it’s time to say WTF is with that ingredient.

 

Posted in blog, your mouth | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment
  • recent posts tab
  • recent videos tab
  • recent viewed tab
media-temple