Understanding Parabens and Phthalates: Why They Matter for You and the Environment

Understanding Parabens and Phthalates: Why They Matter for You and the Environment

In the world of personal care and cleaning products, the terms "parabens" and "phthalates" often pop up in discussions about health and the environment. But what exactly are they, and why should we pay attention to their presence in our everyday items?

Let's start with parabens. Parabens are commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics, skincare products, and even some food items. While they effectively extend shelf life, there's growing concern about their potential effects on our bodies. Research suggests that parabens may disrupt hormone function, mimicking estrogen and potentially interfering with the body's endocrine system. While the evidence isn't conclusive, many consumers prefer to steer clear of them to err on the side of caution.

Similarly, phthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften plastics and improve the flexibility of certain products. You'll find them in everything from vinyl flooring to fragrances and personal care items like shampoos and lotions. Like parabens, phthalates have raised red flags due to their potential health risks. Studies have linked them to reproductive issues and developmental problems in animals, sparking concerns about their impact on human health.

But it's not just our bodies that could suffer from exposure to these chemicals. When we rinse off products containing parabens and phthalates, they enter our waterways, posing risks to aquatic life and ecosystems. These substances can persist in the environment, accumulating in sediments and potentially harming wildlife over time.

By opting for products free from parabens and phthalates, not only are we making choices that may be better for our own health, but we're also taking small steps toward reducing our environmental footprint. At Mission Refill we are committed to only carrying products free from parabens and phthalates, so you can rest assured that we've done the research for you! 

So next time you're shopping for personal care, cleaning items, or even candles consider shopping with us or, at a minimum, checking the labels for these ingredients – your body and the planet will thank you for it.