8 things health-conscious people avoid buying

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microbeads in facial scrub

credit: 5 Gyres Institute

1. Conventional skin and body care products

The way you shop and stock your home reflects your lifestyle. Consumer choices can enhance and reinforce a commitment to healthy living, or undermine it. Here is a list of several items that you typically won’t find in the homes of truly health-conscious people; if you do, then perhaps it’s time to ask yourself why!

Soaps, body washes, shampoos, and skin care products contain countless chemicals that are known to be toxic, carcinogenic, and hormonally disruptive, but are not tested or monitored by the U.S. FDA or Health Canada. Many exfoliating scrubs contain plastic microbeads, which pass through water treatment plants and end up in lakes and rivers. These are best avoided completely, as there are plenty of natural alternatives that do just as good a job at cleaning.