Despite the dangers of endocrine disruptors they are used in so many products including kids products, skincare, household including furniture, even our food! That’s why learning about what they are, what they do and how to avoid endocrine disruptors is so important.
They are simply everywhere, making them seem impossible to avoid. However, here I have put together some key items to avoid, some alternative suggestions as well as some general tips.
Also, please don’t read this list and panic or let it bring you down. Be reassured that for pretty much all bad products there is a simple and often beautiful better product you can use instead.
Don’t feel you have to change/swap/ replace everything all at once.Please keep a positive mind and remember each item that you do change is one less toxic product in your life and a huge step in the right direction.
How To Avoid Endocrine Disruptors.
Those plastic raincoats that are made from PVC are loaded with Phthalates. Opt for a PVC free, organic cotton raincoat such as these Kids ones from UK site Lana Bambini or adults ones from Driza-bone (both deliver worldwide) or simply swap for an Umbrella.
Plastic Food Storage
We all love the convenience and durability of tupperware but unfortunately it is prone to leaching. Be particularly wary of older tupperware as this will contain BPA. One big step to avoid Endocrine Disruptors is to avoid long term plastic storage. The easiest thing to do is simply swap to glass.
Instead of throwing out your old jam and sauce jars, wash them and reuse! Local discount stores often have some great jars of all sizes or check out these.
A temporary solution while you are ending your once beautiful tupperware relationship could be to line the containers with paper snack/sandwich bags like these ones from If You Care.
Also, keep an eye on food that is sold in plastic such as rice, pasta or frozen fruit and veg. If it takes you awhile to get through the bag then transfer into glass containers as soon as you get it home.
Another important point to remember is not to heat any food or liquids in plastic and this encourages the leaching. Always transfer to an alternative heatproof dish.
Again, plastic baby bottles want to be avoided, especially if you are heating the milk. There are plenty of alternatives including the traditional glass bottle or even these stainless steel ones.
Fragrances – Perfume
Fragrances are another product that are full of Phthalates. They are a plasticizer compound that makes the scent last longer.
Fragrances are such a personal choice, especially as one perfume can smell completely different on one person to the next.
One option to try is this Essential Oil Perfume by Black Chicken Remedies. It is made up of essential and plant oils and actually works with the natural oils in your skin to create your own unique signature scent – pretty cool!
I like this set from Etsy as it is a set of 7 different samples. All handmade in Australia and ships worldwide.
Laundry detergents and fabric softeners can contain a whole cocktail of baddies such as Petroleum Distillates, Artificial Fragrances, Phosphates, Optical Brighteners and Palm Oil.
There are plenty of alternatives that are readily available so it’s easy to just do a quick swap over. You can check out some great alternatives here.
For Aussies you can check out Aware that is available in your local supermarket.
Another powder I love is this one from Modere. I only use a teaspoon per wash and it does the job beautifully. This is the one I changed to when my youngest was a baby and suffering from Eczema and it made a huge difference to his skin.
I am currently using Soapberries (also known as Soap Nuts) and am loving them. Just put 4 or 5 into the bag, add a couple of drops of your favourite oil and you’re good to go!
Children/ Baby Toys
Since 2009 a number of Phthalates have been banned from children’s toys however some still remain. Your worst offenders are toys such as the good old rubber duck – this is even worse when it is warmed up with bath water and then chewed on! Those cute Foam Chairs we all love – full of flame retardants and those ugly but very convenient foam mats – full of Phthalates.
One way to avoid them is first think about if you really need these items in the first place and second avoid any hand downs as these are going to be the worst offenders.
There are some great options out there which you can check out here.
Air Fresheners and Candles
The last thing Air Fresheners do is freshen the air. Full of Phthalates these are just pumping toxins into the air.
Why not just open a window!?
Candles can not only contain Phthalates but also Lead, Soy (often Genetically Modified) and Paraffin.
If you are keen on candles then don’t panic, there are safe options out there. A great idea 100% beeswax candles – check out these options.
You might also want to consider an Oil Diffuser and Essential Oils.
Another one that’s full of Phthalates. You can find some safer ones here.
Nail Polish/ Salons
Nails are a bit trickier. Your average nail polish contains a cocktail of Chemicals. There are however lower tox polishes.
Any polish labelled “3 FREE” or “5 FREE” are without 3 or 5 of the main toxic chemicals. A polish labelled “7 FREE” is without dibutyl phthalates, formaldehyde, toluene, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, parabens and xylene.
For some safer brands check these out.
Pesticides are a well known source of toxic chemicals. If you can, buy organic, check out locals markets in your area. Consider growing your own fruit and veg. If you do and find you have an excess of one type of fruit/ veg then see if you have any locals crop swap groups in your area.
Similar to what I mentioned in regards to the plastic storage you want to be wary of plastic water bottles. Where you can use glass or stainless steel bottles. If you have to use a disposable plastic bottle then only use once as more than this risks leaching.
Be cautious of canned food especially acidic food such as tinned tomatoes. These cans have a BPA lining and the acidity promotes leaching. You can either look for cans that are BPA free, choose from products that are in Glass or for items like tin tomatoes buy fresh instead.
Disposable Coffee Cups
Does your take away coffee really need a lid? Go without if possible. Check out these reusable coffee cups by Joco. Not only do you want to be avoiding the plastic for your health but take away coffee cups are almost never recyclable due to a plastic lining on the inside.
I hope this has given you a few ideas of how to avoid endocrine disruptors. It’s easy to just see all the negative but please try and keep in a positive frame of mind.
If you have any other suggestions or ideas for ways to avoid endocrine disruptors then please let me know below!