Updated: Sep 4, 2019
When I got pregnant, I started to be more conscious about the ingredients in everything. I am fortunate to have a partner who is studying to be a registered dietician, so he helped me determine what ingredients to avoid. But we only knew so much when we started.
We did a LOT of research.
I researched what foods to buy organic, but ended up buying almost everything organic anyways, "just in case." I stopped taking prenatal vitamins when I could not find ones that I thought were good enough. I switched out all my personal care products, but even the ones I found were not perfect.
We re-vamped everything, down to the lighting.
It was time consuming and costly, plus it felt like it was only the tip of the iceberg. What about the lawn chemicals they were using at our apartment complex? What about the air pollutants close to the railroad any a lot of farmland? What about the fact that a lot of organic products are not actually organic?
It has been a long road, and we are nowhere near perfect. Sometimes I have to remind myself or Chris that we are trying and that is enough.
And then our shower curtain is a bit dingy and I decide we need a new one. So I thought, here's an opportunity to search for something eco friendly, since we have not needed a new one since before this big re-vamp.
Turns out, many shower curtains are made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is a poison plastic that releases toxins into food or water that it comes into contact with. I got so distracted with all the other obvious places for toxins, my shower curtain had not even been on my radar.
So what are the alternatives? It depends on how you balance the risk of mildew on your shower curtain vs. water leaking through. We ended up buying hemp curtains (for $80+ a piece!) This is unreal, because we cannot expect people who are struggling to make ends meet spend that much on a shower curtain when they can easily get one for a few bucks at a chain store.
We need more available resources to help educate people on toxic chemicals and we need affordable and convenient eco-friendly alternatives.
In the meantime, we will keep posting our favorites!