Useful links on domestic toxins

It's difficult to link disease to chemical exposure, partly because of the uncertainty of quantity of exposure, to whom and for how long. However, the list of man-made chemicals now found in human tissue samples is long.

Pollution found in new borns
Toxic chemicals, both naturally occurring and man-made, often get into the human body. We may inhale them, swallow them with food or water, or in some cases, absorb them through skin. But now they even cross placentas and are found in new borns.

Toxics Link's website
This is the website of India's Toxics Link. They have been researching and working in the area of chemicals in products and its impact on human health and environment. The organisation has been constantly engaged in research, information creation, dissemination and policy intervention. Their broad spectrum of publications are freely available on their website.

Learn to identify household hazardous wastes 
Get a bigger picture of items that are considered household hazardous wastes and why the women of the family are particularly at higher risk.

How do cleaning products cause health problems themselves?
Here are some reasons why corrosive, solvent-based or toxic cleaning products are best kept out of the home. Also read why chlorine and products containing ammonia should be kept far away from each other.

Shopping tips for consumers of cosmetics
The Environmental Working Groups' shopping tips for what to look for and what to avoid when choosing products that go onto babies, children, teens, women and men. In the global setting of serious deficiencies in cosmetics regulation, this group has evaluated hundreds of safety studies and thousands of ingredient labels to bring you their top recommendations.

'Antibacterial' isn't worth it
The American Food and Drug Administration recently declared that it has seen "no evidence" that triclosan is any more effective at preventing disease than plain soap and water. In fact this pesticide has been linked to disturbing health implications. So get familiar with the chemical 'triclosan' and eliminate it from your soap and other cleaning supplies.

What is making products foam, and what it means to your health
Get familiar with 'SLS' or 'SLES'. It can be found in shampoos, toothpastes and also utensil detergent!

8 Myths about cosmetics safety
An Environment Working Group assessment

The difference between soap and detergent
Cleanliness has been an important consideration for human beings since civilisation began, but few see how the relationship between present-day cleanliness and health and environmental costs have evolved.

Why synthetic perfume or fragrance is not all sexy
The health risks of secret chemicals in fragrance by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics