Category: Healthy Home

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Low Dose Toxicity of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

At Sprout, we’ve always worked to raise awareness about the dangers that endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can have on our developing children. Scientists are still identifying these chemicals in our environment and in our products. A recent report even found that prenatal exposure to EDCs in personal care products can speed up puberty in girls… Read more »

Toxins are Causing Irreversible Damage to Our Children’s Brains

Everyday Toxins are Causing Damage to Our Children’s Brains

Leading scientists name 12 chemicals they believe to be causing widespread behavioral and cognitive problems in children including lower IQs, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder. These everyday toxins are causing irreversible damage to our children’s brains. Rates of both autism spectrum disorder and ADHD are increasing in the US. Currently 10-15% of births are associated with… Read more »

Prenatal chemical exposure speedys girls puberty

Prenatal Chemical Exposure Speeds Puberty in Girls

A new report finds that prenatal exposure to chemicals commonly found in personal care products including toothpaste, makeup, and soap may cause girls to hit puberty earlier. Over the past two decades, girls and possibly boys have been experiencing puberty at progressively younger ages, according to numerous reports. Hitting puberty at an earlier age has… Read more »

Lavender and Tea Tree Oils

New Evidence Confirms Lavender & Tea Tree Oils are Hormone Disruptors

Lavender and tea tree oils are part of the essential oils trend that has become popular in the United States. They are commonly used for medical treatments, personal hygiene products, cleaning products, and aromatherapy. We have previously questioned whether the use of lavender and tea tree oil around our children is safe (read our blog… Read more »

Toxic fragrance chemicals.

Exposing Unlabeled Toxic Fragrance Chemicals

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) released a report exposing toxic fragrance chemicals in beauty, personal care, and cleaning products as a part of their Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Major companies have been hiding unlabeled toxic chemicals in their products for years. For example, Unilever only gets fragrance disclosure from their suppliers at quantities greater than… Read more »

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Adolescent Girls

Why are There More Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Some Adolescent Girls?

Adolescent girls who use more personal care products have been found to have more endocrine disrupting chemicals in their urine. Many personal care products, including makeup, soaps, and sunscreen, may expose adolescent girls to potential endocrine disruptors, including phthalates, parabens, and other phenols, as reported in a study published January 9, 2019. Phthalates and parabens… Read more »

Parabens Test Results for Suzanne

Testing Myself for Parabens

By Suzanne Price What are Parabens? Parabens are a group of chemicals that are often used as preservatives in personal care products. Parabens have been shown to easily penetrate the skin when applied in lotions and soaps. The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has listed parabens as Category 1 priority substances, based on evidence that… Read more »

Limit Flame Retardants Home Computers

Turn Off Computers to Limit Flame Retardants in Your Home

A recent study highlighted the prevalence of flame retardant chemicals coming off electronics in our homes—especially with devices that are always on. By law, electronic products must have chemicals added to them to protect against fires. The chemicals that are added to the plastic enclosures around electronics are not bound to the plastics. They can… Read more »

Two prepubescent girls hugging photo from Brest Cancer Prevention Partners

Lowering the Risk of Future Breast Cancer in Prepubescent Girls

We recently hosted a discussion led by Dr. Sharima Rasanayagam, Director of Science with Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP). BCPP is the only national organization focused on the prevention of breast cancer and is unique in its focus on a science-based approach to prevention. Throughout the discussion, Dr. Rasanayagam walked us through the known causes… Read more »

chemical structure of a quat

Will Quats Be Banned Next?

At Sprout, we’ve done our own extreme vetting to ensure that the Household Cleaners and Personal Care Products we carry do not contain quats or any other harmful additives. Quats could be the next group of chemicals to be banned from soaps and cleaners. In 2016, the FDA finally banned triclosan from hand soaps. Triclosan is a… Read more »