Switch to Safer with Chanda


 

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Before we go into switching to safer with Chanda, I would love to talk about how this lady came into my life. This sweet soul and I met years ago at Complete Nutrition, where she worked and I bought tons of things. We connected instantly! I am so thankful for her and her immense amount of knowledge on the switch to safer products topic. I hope you're all able to take something away from this blog post! 

 

I want to start off with a confession: I am not a blogger and I am mildly terrified to have people READ a blog post from me. I am a much better public speaker. However, I have a passion for passing on the crazy information I have learned and I just cannot go on knowing what I know without YOU knowing! 

I have been in the wellness industry for about six years now and BOY have I learned a lot! I always knew the basics for keeping myself healthy: If you eat right, work out regularly, drink water and take your daily vitamins I should be fine... right!? Well I was in for a BIG surprise when a dear friend of mine informed me on some of the scary ingredients that can lurk in our everyday products and even in our home! These ingredients are linked to everything from mild skin irritations to infertility and birth defects! 

Currently, I am blessed to live a life empowering and informing friends, family, and (honestly) anyone who will listen to help them make safer swaps in their life. This all stemmed from that one conversation I had with a friend about four years ago. She had informed me that our personal care products had extremely little regulations when it came to what can and cannot go into our products. Actually, this law was last updated in 1938! This reached from my shampoo, to makeup, to cleaning products, and into the baby isles. 

We talked about the lack of regulation in the beauty industry and how it is not only affecting my endocrine system but how it could harm my future children's endocrine systems as well! My “Organic” and “Natural” products I have been buying all these years may not be any better than the cheapo toxin-filled Walmart brand I have been avoiding. I, admittedly, became obsessed with researching what was in my products. This lead to a much bigger “Clean Sweep” (as I like to call it) in my home. 

My boyfriend and I (at the time) had just got a new puppy, and so it was up to me (the nutritionist) to find clean, organic, grain-free (*sigh*) puppy food. I also became obsessed with (my now passion project) Beautycounter. Not to mention, my home was becoming a science experiment for which cleaning products were safe but also effective to clean up after my messy self (No ones perfect, don’t judge). Then the information continued to pile up and I was changing out everything.

I will admit, I definitely made some big, fast changes in my life and in my home all at once. Changes that had financially taken over my paycheck. I told you, I was obsessed, big time. I learned some pretty scary things and I wanted the feeling of safety to resume in my home. 

So I am here to inform you on the steps to take to help you switch to safer, but I don’t want you to do what I did and switch everything at once. The best way to go about making safe swaps in your home is to start with the biggest offenders .. (the ones who can do the worst damage) and you work your way deeper and deeper into your home over time. 

First off, there are some amazing resources out there, such as the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and companies like Beautycounter (which I work for) that make it fun and easy to make safe swaps into your life without having to compromise the quality we all need. Here is the compiled list I give to all my friends and family who want to start making safer swaps.

  • Removing your shoes before you go into your home.            Cost: $0

    • Bringing in Chemicals/Fertilizers into our homes.. Our pets, and children play on the floors. . 

  • Safer Cleaning    Cost: $10-$50

    • Cleaning supplies can be loaded with health harming chemicals

    • Learn to read labels! EWG has an amazing link to safer cleaning supplies

    • Or learn to make your own! 

  • Plastic to Glass           Cost: $30-$150

    • Water bottles are a big offender, but so are tupperware. These can seep nasty harmful chemicals in the foods you and your family eat! 

    • BPA and BPS are both endocrine disruptors that interfere with your body’s hormones, affecting your mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, sexual function and ability to reproduce. 

    • Over 6 billion pounds of BPA are produced each year, so it is no wonder that the CDC found that 93% of Americans over the age of 6 have BPA in their urine and bloodstream!

  • Swap to safer Beauty               Cost: $50-$200

    • The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.

    • 1400 EU vs 300 CA vs 30 US

    • Use the EWG Cosmetic Database to see where your products rank and to find safer alternatives to what you are currently using

  • Switch from plastic straws to stainless steel, glass, Etc..   Cost: $15

    • Not only do plastic straws have BPA, but they are filling our oceans. 

    • We use 500 million straws a day, in the US alone.

  • Filter your water Cost: $30

    • Find a filter that can get rid of as many Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) as possible 

    • Use the EWG Water Database to find out what kind of icky chemicals are over the regulated amount in your area.. I have SIX contaminates over the legal limits where I live here in Pennsylvania. 

  • Kids Toys Cost: $100

    • Today's toys are better! (watch for BPA free) 

    • Watch out for hand me down todays, many contain phytates, high traces of metals, and flame retardants. 

  • Purge the Perfume           Cost: $0

    • “Fragrance” is a chemical sh*t storm… It does not mean one ingredient.. This can be any combination of 3,000+ ingredients.. 

    • Purge anything that has the word “Fragrance” as an ingredient. 

  • Replace vinyl shower curtains Cost: $25

    • Switch to polyester, nylon, or naturally made curtains. 

  • Get your fresh eggs in cardboard cartons, not polystyrene.  Cost: $0

    • polystyrene takes 500 years to decompose

    • Styrene primarily exhibits its toxicity to humans as a neurotoxin by attacking the central and peripheral nervous systems. 

 

Since there is very little legal regulation on ingredients that can and cannot be used in our everyday products, doing your own research is critical when switching to safer!! While there are many companies out there to help inform you and educate you there are also others out there that can also be very deceiving. This is why having a website like EWG.org is so incredibly important. They make it easier to navigate the good, the bad, and the ugly to help keep you and your family safe!  

Never in my life did I think I could be making a difference in this world, just by educating others on what I know. I joined Beautycounter having no idea where this company would take me.  But what I DID know was that I was passionate about having the opportunity to educate and empower those around me on how to make safer choices when it comes to the products we use in our homes and on our families every single day. 
If you have any questions or want to connect my email address is thebeautifultruth.bc@gmail.com. 
-Chanda
 

5 comments


  • Chanda

    Thank you for everyone’s feedback! Making safer swaps in my life (and hopefully yours too) has become a huge passion of mine! If you would like any suggestions on tried and true EWG verified brands shoot me an email! As always I am more than happy to share the knowledge I’ve learned!

    If you’d like to shop Beautycounter visit me at www.beautycounter.com/chandaschoh


  • Czerina

    Wow! This post was very eye opening. My family already makes it a habit to take our shoes off when entering the home. However, they’re absolutely terrible about plastic water bottles!


  • Lauren

    I loved this! It was helpful, and it was so nice that you included the pricing. Even if you say you aren’t a blogger, this post was great!


  • Julie I Aloha Lovely

    Wow, I need to start paying more attention to ingredients, They really do add up. Thanks for the motivation!


  • Bianca

    Great post!


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