Just like soap, detergents may contain toxic chemicals that may come in contact with our skin and cause allergies or other severe health issues. They can also get left behind on your crockery and find a way right into your digestive system.

Chemicals popularly used in detergents like formaldehyde, sulfuric acid, triclosan, dioxane and phosphates are known to lead to severe allergies, indoor pollution and some have even been linked to endocrine disruption and respiratory issues. At the outset, we want to urge you to at minimum wear a rubber glove when dealing with dishwashing or laundry detergents.

We researched…

On the bottom of each plastic product, you will notice a number encased in a triangular recycling sign. This number notifies what kind of plastic was used to make the product. This number ranges from 1 to 7 and called the Resin Identification Code can tell you whether the plastic is safe to use or not.

Why you should check the code

There are 2 benefits of knowing this plastic code.
First, it tells you what type of plastic it is and whether it has any unbidden chemicals that may render it unsafe for personal use.

“One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

Here is a list of 5 books, for those who seriously to want to learn, have doubts and unanswered questions about environmental issues and those who are brave enough to want to get out their comfort zones to save the planet. These published books have years of work and research behind them and will empower the reader to see through the avarice of big businesses.

1. The Story Of Stuff

A book made into a documentary and video series, The Story Of Stuff came about…

Organic, free-range, BPA, phthalates. The world is playing fast and loose with all these buzzwords. Our curiosities are piqued, our compassion challenged. We want to bring home organic veggies, free range eggs, use cruelty-free cosmetics, live an environment-friendly life, but we don’t know exactly what these are and how they will achieve our goals of being environment-friendly.

So to help you take more informed buying decisions, we created a list of the most used eco-terms that are often abused by marketeers. Powered by this, you will be able to see right through facetious marketing claims and choose better for yourself.

1. Anaerobic Digestion

Last year the country witnessed it’s worst ever smog. The toxic air in the capital was actually compared to a gas chamber by many. 300 micrograms per cubic meter is considered ‘Hazardous’ on the Air Quality Index. Delhi was at 600 in November 2016, right after Diwali. That’s more than 60 times the level considered safe by the World Health Organisation. A combination of firecrackers, burning of crop, vehicular and construction pollution caused this deadly smog.

This year, in the face of the firecracker ban in Delhi, it may appear that things may be different. However, TOI reported last month…

Everything that we buy off the shelf or rack has a story of hidden toxins or unfair livelihood attached with it. We’re splitting our arguments in different sections — cosmetics, kitchenware, clothing.

  1. Cosmetics

We spend endless time poring over facts of every thing we eat — is it organic? does it have preservatives? does it contain trans-fats? But, ever wondered goes into your daily shampoo and soap? Cosmetics have become a hotspot for controversy. We expose ourselves to over 129 chemicals on a daily basis* purely by using skincare products. …

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