How To Begin a Non-Toxic New Year: EWG.org
EWG.org –your new Google search for health
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and I have one thing in common: we’re both trying to empower the people around us to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.
They are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that are dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.
I’m just a girl behind a computer breaking it all down.
EWG.org is a site that is like Google for health nuts. It covers everything from ingredient details in your Maybelline mascara to farming practices in the United States to federal studies covering cellphone radiation and its links to cancer. These facts are constantly updated when research continues to breakthrough. Wondering how much of the organic produce we consume is actually grown in the U.S.? Find that here. Or if that Smucker’s organic peanut butter you just bought scores well on the nutrition it claims? Here is a break down (spoiler alert: it is a great score. Good job, Smucker’s).
There are a variety of subcategories within this site like EWG’s Food Scores (that I just did the peanut butter test on) and Skin Deep which is the database that has thousands of beauty products and their ingredients available for you to review. EWG’s Food Scores rate the food item by nutrition, ingredients, and processing concerns. For Skin Deep, each of the ingredients in our skincare products are broken down into which element could be a possible hazard and how high the health concern is. The scores range from 1 - 10 with 1 being the most healthy/least toxic for you and 10 being the most harmful for your body. If your food and skincare products stay within the 1-3 range, you’re in the green. Literally. Once your products starting hitting the 5 mark (a yellow/orange color) then you should be a bit more cautious about using those products. Don’t even use something that has a 7, 8, 9, or 10 rating on the scale.
See the example below.
Like I mentioned above, these ingredients are constantly being updated by the scientists and researchers that work for EWG. Curious about who is running the tests on these products and producing the information for readers like us? EWG introduces their staff members by sharing their background, position, and current job duties with EWG. Their articles are always properly cited and make it easy to refer to their source.
It is refreshing to see this kind of transparency in a world that continues to sweep the dirt under the rug.