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Being aware of the Environmental Working Group changed the way I prepared for parenthood. As a consumer influenced by advertisements and marketing strategies, it was challenging to put forth effort and do the research. The Environmental Working Group made it easier to find information on my food, environment, as well as the products I use on my body and in my home.
The consumer guides is my go-to section on their site. A few of my favorites:
EWG’s National Tap Water Database: Simply enter your zipcode and find the water service in your area. It will then show the possible contaminants detected and give you more information on how to filter them out should you choose a system for your home.
EWG’s Skin Deep Guide to Cosmetics: Now this tool I use almost every week when I have friends or family ask about a product, or even if I am looking up something recommended to me. It rates over 70,000 personal care products by a “Hazard Score.”On a scale of 1-10 (1 Being the least hazardous and 10 being the most hazardous). It also gives you how much research has been done on the product, such as None, Limited, Fair, Good, Robust. It will list the ingredients that are concerns and specify how it has shown to interact with the body. Well hot coffee!
EWG’s Healthy Living Tips: From food to personal care to bug bites to cell phone use, EWG covers mostly everything in this section. They cover a wide spectrum of health related topics in the form of colorful infographics.
EWG’s Food Scores: Less is more in this case. The lower the score the less pesticide, food additives, contaminants, antibiotics, processing found, therefore the higher the nutrition is.
EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning: Finding greener cleaners and decoding labels. They break the ingredients down and present what their research has shown to be concerning.
EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Avoiding GMO Food: Of all topics, the most impactful to my lifestyle changes was understanding what was GMO(genetically modified organism), non-GMO, and Certified Organic when I go to the grocery store.
We have the right to know what is in our food, products, and environment, but it is our responsibility to do the research and make the best decisions possible for our future. Yeah I sound wicked cheesy, but it’s the truth! More and more people are leaning towards a natural and healthy lifestyle and it’s companies like EWG that reassure us we are doing the right thing.
Good vibes to you on your wellness journey!