Going toxin-free can be exciting and rewarding as well as overwhelming, time-consuming and expensive. I hear you!
When I started my journey about 7 years ago, I spend hours and hours of researching individual ingredients, trying to see though these 'greenwashing claims', and was just so angry. I know, not great. But my newborn reacted so bad on some products I was truly shocked and could not understand how these huge companies can get away with these ingredients.
Fast forward to today, as you know, I am extremely passionate about toxin-free products, and helping you not to get overwhelmed & save time with our earth loving and Aussie products. So here we go:
Fist of all, what NOT to do:
Throw all of your toxic products out and replace them. It is not only wasteful, it is expensive and might demotivate you too. Same as going for zero waste, take it step by step.
So where to START?
- Have a look around and make a list of products you use
- Prioritise what you want to start with based on how often you use it. For example you might prioritise deodorant over a face mask, just because you use it daily
- When you almost run out of the product, come and have a look at alternatives. Type it in our search bar on the website. We have alternatives for almost everything
- Read up about it and get excited because so many Aussie families are making products you will love!
- Pet yourself on the back. You are making a change for yourself and the planet
I started my personal toxin-free journey with deodorant, followed by body wash & moisturiser. Once I tackled these ones, I went back to the list and kept going. When your next step is clear, it is not overwhelming 💪
We've broken it down into 4 of the main categories below. Tackle one at a time:
1. Deodorant & Perfume
Antiperspirants stop you from sweating by blocking your pores. This forces the body to sweat beneath the skin, trapping and building up toxins…Eeek that doesn’t sound good!
It's normal to sweat! Sweat is odourless, it's the bacteria build up on skin that causes your pits to stink! Soooooo, you need a deodorant that has awesome anti-bacterial properties to avoid smelling.
2. Personal Care & Beauty
Your skin absorbs 60% of topically applied products and it takes roughly 26 seconds for them to travel down into your bloodstream. Think of products that are applied directly to your body here!
Clothes make direct contact with your skin every day (well...maybe 🙈). Ever feel itchy, or uncomfortable after putting them on? Some detergents are so toxic we avoid touching them with our skin, does it make sense if we then wear our clothes after they're washed in toxic products?
Ever thought about the chemical residues left around the home post clean? Toxin-free cleaning products are not only better for a crawling bub, lazy pup, your dish hands and local environment, they are also awesome value for money. Don't forget air fresheners here! Check out our blog on '5 Easy ways to use Soapberries and Essential Oils for Toxin-free Cleaning'.
When shopping with us we guarantee that all of our products are toxin-free. We take out the long hours you might spend researching individual ingredients by promising that all of our products follow the strictest toxin-free criteria on the market (EWG).
We do this whilst supporting honest Australian companies that do the right thing. Please reach out to us if you have any questions! We want to help you achieve a toxin-free lifestyle in every way possible!
With love, Ellie & the GFZ team xx
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