Wednesday, we chatted about how every small change can have a huge impact. We’re on the last day of our Facebook Live event- head to our Group Page to check out the rest of the topics we covered. Really, every little change matters!
I did some math with the plastic water bottles based on my life span being only another 55 years or so. Consider my almost two year old daughter though- she’s got way more years to go, so the small changes I make for her now, will have an even greater impact.
One of the things I’ve be hyper aware of since her birth is what I put on her skin, especially the delicate skin on her little bottom.
Consider these two lists of ingredients:
Zinc Oxide, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*,Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Silica, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*,Tapioca Starch. *Organic/Biologique
Zinc Oxide, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Beeswax, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Microcrystalline Wax, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Tropolone, Tocopheryl Acetate, 1,2-hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Magnesium Sulfate, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol
The top diaper cream is from Beautycounter, the second from a well known brand.
Mineral oil is refined from crude oil. Same with Petrolatum. Dimethicone is a silicone lubricant. The website only lists the above ingredients, The Environmental Working Group lists Fragarance (a no no) and Proplyparaben, which are an 8 and 7 of 10 on their ranking, netting this brand a 5 of 10. Not bad, but not great.
If a safer alternative exists (and it does), and it works just as well if not better (also the case), why would you not choose the safer alternative?
With a few years in diapers, and doomed for a few rashes here an there, limiting your baby’s exposure to potentially harmful chemicals will have an impact. The sensitive skin on your baby’s down below easily and quickly absorbs whatever chemicals you put on it.
Thing is, once you’re done with diapers, these, and similar ingredients (or worse!), are in other products we use every day. Shampoo, body wash, foundation, body lotion, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant- the list is endless.
You limit your baby’s access to TV, candy, coffee, alcohol, juice, salt, soda, and sugar while eating clean and organic, but you don’t limit his or her exposure to potentially harmful chemicals in personal care products?