In today’s world, parents strive to provide the best for their children, from nutritious meals to safe environments. However, there’s a silent threat that often goes unnoticed—endocrine disruptors. These chemicals, commonly found in everyday products, can have detrimental effects on children’s health. This blog post will explore the dangers of endocrine disruptors in children’s products and what you, the parent and caregiver can do to avoid products with ingredients and advocate for safer ingredients.
Understanding Endocrine Disruptors:
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals used to formulate everyday products and can adversely interfere with the body’s hormonal system. A child’s hormonal system is extremely delicate and is particularly susceptible to being disrupted. During their development, hormones play a crucial role in various processes, including growth, metabolism, and sexual maturation. Even small disruptions or imbalances can have profound effects on a child’s physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being, highlighting the need for vigilant care of what we expose our children to.
Impacts on Children’s Health:
Research has linked endocrine disruptors to a range of health concerns in children. These include developmental delays, reproductive disorders, impaired immune function, and increased risks of obesity, diabetes, and certain cancers. Of particular concern are products intended for children, such as toys, clothing, and personal care items, which can expose them to these harmful substances during critical stages of growth and development.
Regulatory Bodies are Powerless.
Contrary to what you may believe, regulatory agencies like the FDA is powerless and cannot compel manufacturers to conduct premarket testing of children’s products before they are sold, unless harm is demonstrated. This essentially means that your children are guinea pigs for our favorite children’s brands.
Taking Action to Protect Children:
As parents and caregivers, it is crucial to be proactive in safeguarding our children’s health. Here are some steps you can take:
Use Redify App: Because it is impractical and near impossibility to read confusing product labels and identify which ingredients are toxic, we developed the Redify App. All you have to do is scan the barcodes of your children’s products, and Redify instantly identifies if they contain toxic ingredients (CHCs), and presents Clean Alternatives which you can purchase directly on the App.
Advocate For Safer Products: Upon discovering that your child’s product contains toxic ingredients, you can push the Advocate button (green megaphone) on Redify and an anonymized email would be sent to the toxic brand demanding that they reformulate with toxic-free ingredients. You can also pressure the toxic brands by shaming them on social share on redify.
Form or Join Redify’s Advocacy Groups: If you identify a product with toxic ingredients you want to advocate against, Redify will help you set up an Advocate campaign that you can share with your friends and family. If you get your circle of family/friends to push the Advocate button and inundate the inbox of the toxic brand, they are more likely to respond to your pressure and either pull the product off the shelf and/or reformulate the product. There is nothing scarier to brands than product complaints from their customers. If you want to run an Advocate campaign, reach out to us via the contact page, and provide the UPC code of the product and a brief description.