3 eco-friendly apps for non-toxic shopping

3 eco-friendly apps for non-toxic shopping

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The beauty industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry. With so many products to choose from when it comes to taking care of our skin, how are we to know which ones are the best to choose? Yes, we want efficient products, but also peace of mind to what ingredients are inside those products. A task that could take hours of research has now been made simple! There are a lot of apps dedicated to providing information on numerous products found on the market.

These apps and websites make it easier for you to navigate through products and understand the ingredients in them. With these apps, us consumers can make informed decisions when shopping. We can choose products that are good for our health and the environment.

Here are some of the top ingredient checker websites you can use the next time you are shopping:

EWG- Healthy Living

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a database of over 100,000 products, reviewed by a team of scientists. Each product is given a rating from EWG Verified (the best) to ten (the most toxic). Ratings of two and below are colour-coded green, meaning they are safe to use. Products colour-coded red are toxic and should be avoided, while those coded orange stand in the middle of safe and toxic. This system helps consumers make conscious choices when purchasing products.

The app is simple and free to use. You can search for a specific product in the database or choose from various categories.

If you’re looking for a new product and have no idea where to start, head over to their EWG Verified category.  Pick the category you would like to browse (shampoo, body lotion, sunscreen, etc.) and choose from various products that are EWG approved, therefore, free of toxins.

The app displays all ingredients listed in a product and, as well as giving the product a rating, each ingredient is given a rating, too. You can click on each ingredient and read all about them: what it is, if it’s a concern, and other names you could find it under on a label. With these features, you’ll quickly learn which ingredients are toxic and should be avoided and which are safe.

Skin Safe

Your skin is a barrier for protecting you, but it’s also one of the major pathways your body can absorb toxins. If the toxin is strong enough to break the skin, it can be released into the bloodstream and cause many problems. Many people have allergies to the chemicals put into everyday products or find there is irritation from using them. We want the products we use to feel comfortable on our skin and to accomplish that, it’s essential to avoid common irritants.

Skin Safe has a dashboard that is easy to use! Once you log in, you can use their scan barcode feature or search a product in the search bar. Their categories include personal care and home care products. This app will bring up the product with a photo to compare and give you a “Buy Now” option, which takes you to where you can purchase it from.

A great feature on this app is for each product, it tells you which allergens it’s free of and its overall safety. It gives the product a percentage (i.e., 85% allergen-free) and tells you which top allergens are in the product. Click on the allergens listed to better understand what it is. This will help you decide whether or not you want to purchase the product.

Think Dirty

Think Dirty offers millions of products to review. Once you search up a product, you can look into it more by clicking on each ingredient. A number rating is given with a green (clean), yellow (half n’ half), or red (dirty) rating.

The details provided are thorough, informing you of common other names you may find the ingredient under. Ever wonder why these chemicals are put into your product when they are harmful to our bodies and our environment? They serve a purpose, and most of the time, it’s for preserving the product but not necessarily ensuring better quality.

Think Dirty not only tells us which ingredients to avoid but also why they should be avoided. There is a section on the potential health impacts it may cause. In case you want to read up more on where this information came from, check out the resources section in the app and dive deeper into it!

If you look up a product and decided it isn’t the right purchase for you, the app offers cleaner suggestions based on similar products. There are extra features including Health Canada Approved, recalled products, and more, but you will have to subscribe to premium for access.

Download these apps and find out which suits you best!

These are just a few of the many apps that offer knowledge and guidance when it comes to toxic ingredients and how to avoid them. If you’re passionate about taking care of the environment and bettering your health, you’re going to want to download these apps!

It can feel daunting to try and navigate the beauty industry for high ratings on efficiency and low toxicity but, it doesn’t have to be. There are great companies out there that offer amazing, clean-ingredient products. It’s a matter of knowing which companies are safe and truly care about their customers, and which companies should be avoided! Change Market is a great website that offers many toxic-free personal care, food, and sustainable living products.

expert references

Ingredient checkers: websites to check your beauty products by Chloe Burcham

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