“It is because of Green Cricket’s belief in a safe and sustainable future, that we make our products not only in accordance to legislature, but we surpass that by formulating our soaps with all-natural, and biodegradable ingredients.”
In Canada, the government has taken steps to prevent negative effects from cleaning products on the natural environment through The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, The Toxics Reduction Act, The Ontario Water Resources Act, The Food and Drugs Act and Cosmetic Regulations to name a few. However, the regulations still allow for some ecologically harmful components to be manufactured and sold as part of soaps. This is where consumer culture and buyer responsibility play a role in the market.
Since supply and demand lay the basis of most economies, and thus, businesses, it is important for consumers to be educated and know the power they hold when they make an “everyday purchase” – including hand soaps. By having consumers know the ingredients in soap formulas, they can better assess their impact on both their personal health and the effects the of the cleanser’s residue on septic systems and the overall environment. Canada is no stranger to water quality manifestations such as eutrophication (the oxygen depletion in waters commonly linked to algeal blooms); as Lake Erie’s history demonstrates. In large, part of the legislature in place today is to prevent the reoccurrence of water quality events of the past, by providing ingredient limit parameters. However, it can be argued that these are not stringent enough to prevent ecological harm- at Green Cricket we acknowledge this and act upon it.
It is because of Green Cricket’s belief in a safe and sustainable future, that we make our products not only in accordance to legislature, but we surpass that by formulating our soaps with all-natural, and biodegradable ingredients. In doing this, we protect the health of our users and the health of “down the pipe” practices. The active bacteria in septic systems which help treat our water, is sometimes compromised by “antibacterial” soaps and other contaminants which make their way down the drain; we at Green Cricket are conscious of this and have created all of our products to be septic friendly. Due to the biodegradability of the formula, the products themselves are not harmful to the outside environment and thus, allow for harmony between user and nature.
Some key ingredients, which although legal, we recommend you avoid are:
- Triclosan & “anti-bacterials”: May interfere with hormone function, contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, harmful to fish and other wildlife
- Ethanolamine Compounds (MEA, DEA, TEA and others): Associated with cancers, harmful to fish and other wildlife through bioaccumulation and organ system toxicity
- Parabens: Possible interference with hormone levels
- Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT): Suspected endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer (BHA). Harmful to fish and other wildlife.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): SLES can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. SLS may damage liver. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.
- Parfums (fragrance): Even some advertised “fragrance free” products may contain this ingredient. This may interfere with respiratory intolerances, asthma and may trigger allergies
There are many ways in which you are able, as a consumer, to define which household products better fit your lifestyle and values. Reading labels is one integral part of doing this, as some marketing strategies have lent themselves to become misleading. Green Cricket takes pride in our transparency in regards to our ingredient list and its effects on human and ecological health.
If at any point, you have doubts on the environmental or health impact of any ingredient from our products or others’, we urge you to consult with: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
…And guess what? All our packaging is 100% recyclable to boot!