According to dictionary.com the definition of Toxic [tok-sik] is an adjective…
1. of, pertaining to, affected with, orcaused by a toxin or poison:
a toxic condition.
2. acting as or having the effect of apoison; poisonous:
a toxic drug.
The Origin is a simple one, 1655-65; Late Latin toxicus poisonous, adj. derivative of Latin toxicum poison.
Now that we have established what toxic means, are you curious to why some companies have started using the label “NON-TOXIC” ?
Have you ever considered that some of the products you have purchased with your hard earned money may be toxic? They May contain POISON?! These products could be making you sick? Or worse yet they could be making your family sick. The ingredients they are using could shorten your life span and negatively effect the quality of your life.
You must ask yourself two things….First, if the company making the products your purchasing …care about your wellbeing??…. over their profit? Second ….have YOU done your research?
YES … You must take some responsibility!
I am asked nutrition, fitness, health and general wellness questions of all kinds constantly. I am a Nutritional Therapist, Certified Wellness Consultant, Yoga Instructor, Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer, I could go on but you get the point. I’m sharing my background because I’m educated and I constantly continue my education and research different topics pertaining to living a happy, healthy life… different aspects on an individual level including family life, extending all the way to corporate wellness. I have decided years to this passion. I am happy to share my knowledge. My passion is just that, SHARING WELLNESS. Helping to create a healthier happier world for my children, family, friends and community beyond my neighbors. So it’s understandable that people would ask me questions but it always surprises me that most people don’t do any research about the products they use on their body and in their homes.
Now back to NON-TOXIC Products… They exist!!! They can help you live a happier healthy life. Remember the definition of toxic ….let’s look at the Medical Expandtion. toxictox·ic (tŏk’sĭk) adj. Of, relating to, or caused by a toxin or other poison. Capable of causing injury or death, especially by chemical means; poisonous. Does that sound like something you should brush your teeth with? Or wash your body!? Or worse yet wash your baby’s body?
WHAT THIS GENERAL ” non-toxic ” CLAIM MEAN:
The “non-toxic” claim implies that a product, substance, or chemical will not cause adverse health effects, either immediately or over the long-term. However, there are no specific standards for the “non-toxic” claim.
“Toxic” is defined by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, which regulates hazardous household products. A product is toxic if it can produce personal injury or illness to humans when it is inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin. In addition, a product is toxic if it can cause long term chronic effects like cancer birth defects, or neurotoxicity (adverse effects on the nervous system). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is the federal agency responsible for administering the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. While neither the Act nor the CPSC define non-toxic, some manufacturers might assume that a product or chemical is non- toxic if it does not meet the definition of toxic under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requires certain hazardous household products to be labeled to alert consumers to certain potential hazards, and how consumers can protect themselves. To require labeling, a product must (1) be toxic (as defined above), corrosive, flammable or combustible, an irritant, or a strong sensitizer, or capable of generating pressure through decomposition, heat or other means, and (2) have the potential to cause substantial personal injury or illness during or as a result of customary or reasonably foreseeable handling or use, including reasonably foreseeable ingestion by children. Specific labels are required depending on the level and type of toxicity and include “Danger,” “Caution,” “Warning,” “Flammable,” Harmful if Swallowed,” “Causes Burns,” and “Poison.”
However, just because a product or chemical does not meet the definition of “toxic” as defined by the Act and CPSC does not mean it is harmless. For example, most toxicologists rate the acute (immediate) toxicity of substances along a continuum, not as toxic or non-toxic. One common scale rates acute toxicity from a 6 (supertoxic) to a 1 (practically nontoxic). What CPSC calls “toxic” would get a 3, 4, or higher rating according to this scale. Thus, substances that are still slightly toxic according to this common scale would not meet the CPSC definition of “toxic” and might even be labeled “non-toxic.” Moreover, a consumer could see both a “non-toxic” label and a “This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer” label on the same product since the threshold for what CPSC considers to be toxic is lower than that for the State of California.
CPSC describes tests that can be used to determine acute toxicity in terms of doses lethal to animals. By their definition, if a pint of a substance would be lethal to an average adult, it is considered acutely toxic. If it takes more than this to produce a lethal effect (say a quart), then CPSC would not regard the chemical as toxic. However, a substance that could kill an average adult who drank a quart is certainly not harmless. Such a product could be labeled “non-toxic” and not be in violation of the law.
CPSC also considers a substance to show chronic toxicity if it is or contains a “known” or “probable” human carcinogen, neurotoxin, or developmental or reproductive toxicant. However, many if not most substances have not been tested sufficiently to know whether they cause cancer or adverse effects on development, reproduction, or the nervous system in humans and CPSC does not require manufacturers to conduct testing.. Thus, while many substances would not meet the definition of “toxic” according to CPSC, we do not know with certainty that they are “non-toxic.”
The Environmental Protection Agency regulates cleaning products labeled as “antibacterial” (Antibacterial Labels) and considers claims such as “nontoxic,” “contains all natural ingredients,” and other statements about the safety of a pesticide to be false or misleading.
Foods, drugs, and cosmetics are required to list their ingredients (with a few exceptions, such as fragrances in cosmetics), but household cleaning products are not required to disclose their ingredients (except for disinfectants or other ingredients considered to be antimicrobial pesticides).
WHO VERIFIES THIS GENERAL CLAIM?
There is no organization that verifies the use of “non-toxic” other than the company manufacturing or marketing the product. While CPSC requires some products to display hazard labeling, it conducts no oversight or enforcement of the use of the term “non-toxic.”
CONSUMERS UNION EVALUATION:
How meaningful is the label?
“Non-toxic” is not meaningful and can be misleading. There is no definition or standard used for judging whether a consumer product or its ingredients are “non-toxic,” and no assurance that such a claim has been independently verified. A product that does not meet the definition of “toxic” according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission should not necessarily be considered non-toxic.
I have been researching products and companies for years … There are many trust worthy companies and many dishonest… I was asked to look into the company
•Pure Haven Essentials (PHE)•
This company has learned a few things about how to create non-toxic products.
They make all products in house (the only way to insure you know what ingredients are actually used) … They clearly label the all the ingredients on each container …. And most importantly they help you educate yourself, you the consumers can purchase your products from educated sales people that can answer your questions! (Have you ever asked the person in target what’s in your Shampoo?)
I was so impressed that I have decided to indorse their products. The products will go hand in hand with my Wellness Education. I hope incorporating this will help my clients find products they love and can trust in their homes. Products you will feel safe using and sharing with your loved ones!!! I will post my new PHE website soon…
Feel free to ask me any questions you may have !
Cheers, to a happy ~ healthy ~life !!!