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SODASAN upholds these standards:

Greenpeace Prima Klima
Vegan ECO Garantie
   
   

Other Products You Can Feel Good About:

  The Silent Paint Remover™
  Organic Linseed Paint
  Paint Brushes & Rollers
  HEPA Vacuum Cleaners
  Solid Teak Windows
Why Choose Organic?
68% of people think it's important for the ingredients in personal care products to be "Organic." That's why we hold such a high standard. What is Organic? Organic ingredients, when properly chosen and carefully manufactured, are profoundly effective, inspiring to your senses, better for the environment and most beneficial to your overall well-being. It's long been held that you're only as healthy as what you put in your body. We believe the same goes for what you put on it.

You are part of nature. We humans are natural in the truest sense of the word. That's why natural products work in harmony with our bodies. Natural ingredients nurture our skin and hair with wholesome nutrients that our body chemistry is familiar with.

Organic and Natural ingredients work. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So it's no surprise that the most effective synthetic ingredients are inexpensive chemicals modeled after natural ones.

Your skin is a sponge. Plain and simple, your skin is your largest organ, and what you put on it gets absorbed into your body. In fact, studies show that 60% of the ingredients get absorbed into your body. Synthetic chemical ingredients are not always easily metabolized in the skin, which can have potentially harmful effects. It's enough to make you think twice about letting your skin and hair soak up these synthetic ingredients.
What is Organic?

Organic Ingredients vs. Non-Organic Ingredients

83% of people think there should be one meaning for what type of ingredients can be in a personal care product labeled "Organic or natural." An Organic product is made from something living, a plant, vegetable or fruit. Sustainable farming practices have been use to create these ingredients. Fair trade and electricity from hydro electric or wind-power is only used and provided by Green Peace. We are setting a standard and hoping to make a difference in the world.

In short, we believe any ingredient in an organic product must be purposeful and come from a renewable/plentiful source found in nature. This includes ingredients found in fauna, flora and plants, and minerals-otherwise known as animal, vegetable or mineral. Period. Rest assured, though, the animal part is substances like beeswax and honey. There is only one product from the SODASAN that use an animal product and that is the gall soap and is a very effective spot remover.

We also believe there are certain synthetic ingredients that should never be used in any personal care products, let alone ones labeled "natural." This includes ingredients like parabens, glycol, Sodium Sulfate and petrolatum. While these ingredients are deemed safe, there is enough evidence questioning their safety that natural alternatives should be used instead. Less than 15% of the people we surveyed know about these potential risks.

Overall, we believe synthetic ingredients in personal care products should be avoided wherever possible. And to us, using a synthetic material is only acceptable when there is no viable natural alternative and it has absolutely no negative effects-on you or the environment.


A Quick Comparison
Organic & Natural Ingredients Safe Alternatives Non-Organic & Natural Ingredients

Plant Components: fats, waxes, oils, lecithin, cocoa butter, coco betaine, sucrose stearate, cetearyl alcohol, glycerine, alcohol, water, witch hazel

Fauna Collection: beeswax, honey, pollen, royal jelly, propolis, lanolin, cholesterol

Flora Extracts: gums, colloids, seaweed, aromas, botanical extracts, proteins, vitamins, antioxidants, herbs and spices

Mineral Elements: salts, citric acid, borax, Kaolin clay, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica, bentonite

Synthetic Fragrances: those that do not have harmful ingredients, like phthalates, or effects

Petroleum: including any ingredients developed from or processed with this substance

Chemically Engineered Ingredients: polymers, acrylates, Carbomer, PVP, chemical sunscreens, preservatives

Silicones: ingredients derived from "sand" using harsh processes

Synthetic Fragrances: chemical compounds containing harmful ingredients like phthalates.

Highly Processed Ingredients: those that are developed using

harsh chemicals or unhealthy processes, including sulfates, PEG/PPG and quats

Ingredients Dangerous to Humans: any ingredients that are suspected to pose health risks to humans, including parabens, SLS, phthalates, talc, DEA/TEA and formaldehyde

GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms).  Products that uses gene manipulated ingredients that is unproven and dangerous for humans and the nature

What Do American Consumers Pour Down the Drain?

Nationwide, more than 32 million pounds of household cleaning products is poured down the drain each day. Many of these products are contain toxic substances that are NOT processed adequately by sewage treatment plants or septic systems. Careless or improper use and disposal of these products may threaten individual health or lead to accidental poisoning. Long term or cumulative environmental consequences may occur like contamination of surface and ground water.

  • The average American consumer uses about 25 gallons of "TOXIC", "HAZARDOUS" chemical products per year in their home. A major portion of these can be found in household cleaning products.
  • Cleaning chemicals are the most frequent types of chemicals involved in poison control centers in the United States.
  • In 1999, 92% of all poisonings occurred in the home.
  • Cleaning products are involved in 11% of poisoning exposure in children under 6 years of age (Source: City of Boulder-Office of Environmental Affairs)
Other Dangerous Household Items You Need to Know About
There are many unknown dangers around our home, most of which we have no control over. In a world of “going green” it’s hard to tell which products produce a threat to your health and which are simply natural alternatives. Here’s a list of common household items that truly put you and your health at risk.

1. Non-Stick Cookware. While it’s nice not to have to soak your pans overnight or scrape off burnt-on food, the ease of non-stick cookware comes with a price—your safety. Polytetrafluoroethylene, the coating that makes products “non-stick” releases gases when heated, all of which have been linked to putting humans at higher risk for cancer and other harmful health effects.

2. Flea and Tick Products. Pet’s flea and tick products may save your pooch from unwanted bites but due to pesticides it can lead to nerve damage and more.

3. Mothballs. Naphthalene, found in mothballs and products alike, can destroy red blood cells and has been proven to cause cancer in animals but has not yet been proven to cause cancer in humans.

4. Air Fresheners. Toxins found in air fresheners can accumulate in the body over the time. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council those toxins may affect hormones and reproductive health especially in children.

5. Oven Cleaner. Many of these cleaners contain corrosive alkalis, which can have grave effects on your gastrointestinal track and respiratory system if inhaled or ingested.

6. Furniture Polish and Stain. Non-vegetable, oil-based stains and polishes are not only extremely flammable but contain the chemicals phenol and nitrobenzene, which can be absorbed by your skin and can cause skin cancer.

7. Toilet Bowl Cleaner. The corrosive ingredients that make acidic toilet bowl cleaners clean so well are the same ingredients that can cause burns on skin and eyes. They are also extremely dangerous when mixed with other types of cleaners.

8. Gas Space Heaters. Gas powered anything releases toxins and using them indoors is extremely dangerous and can lead to Carbon Monoxide poisoning —a condition that presents very little warning symptoms.

9. Cleaning Solutions. As the biggest offenders on the list, and the most commonly used, it’s no secret household cleaners contains hazardous toxins. What’s most concerning is it’s not required for cleaners to list their ingredients on the bottle, leaving consumers in the dark. Even those claiming to be “green” or “natural.”

10. Extension Cords. While an extension cord itself isn’t dangerous. The way they are commonly used is. Many people don’t realize there is a voltage capacity, and plug in as much as they can—creating a huge fire hazard. This, coupled with using warn out cords and running them under furniture and carpets, is why extension cords are a leading cause of fire in the US.

11. Antibacterial Soaps. For many years antibacterial soaps were assumed the “better” way to ward of harmful diseases and bacteria. However the triclosoan and triclorcarbon is actually harmful. According to the FDA, it can be linked to creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria and is not biodegradable.

12. Flaking Paint. Homes built as recently as the late 70s can have interiors covered in lead-based paints—hazardous when the paint starts to flake AND when it’s time to repaint. Inhaling these particles can lead to lead poisoning.

13. Flame Retardants. Often found in older couches, mattresses and carpet padding, flame retardant chemicals have been linked to infertility and birth defects.


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References and sources for more information:

  • Prosperity Without Pollution, By Joel S.Hirshorn and Kirsten V. Oldenburg, 1991
  • Spring edition of CCA Newsletter partner: CLEANING WITHOUT TOXIC CHEMCIALS
  • CM cleaning & Maintenance Magazine, 2002; National Trade Publications, Latham, New York 12110


Laundry

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