Even those of us who are sleep deprived probably spend 2,000 hours a year in our beds. Babies, who are undergoing processes of critical developmental while they sleep, sometimes spend 10 hours a night (if their parents are lucky) on crib mattresses. Mattresses—particularly crib mattresses—can contain some really nasty hidden toxins, including unnecessary flame retardant chemicals, PVC (vinyl) plastic, and allergens. The problem with these toxic chemicals? They can be released from the mattress into the air that you breathe, as well as settle in house dust providing ongoing exposure to you and your family. These hazardous chemicals are linked to many serious health issues, including endocrine disruption, thyroid problems, learning deficits, hyperactivity, hypospadias, reduced ovarian follicles, reduced sperm count, cancer, and more. Click here for a more in-depth study of the impact of mattresses on these issues.
Unwittingly, sometimes the tiniest things can have massive negative impacts, like how endocrine disruptors are more potent in small doses, and how minuscule exfoliating beads are not only making their way into rivers and oceans, but also into the food that we eat. We asked our Head of Health & Safety, Mia Davis, to investigate this pressing issue. Continue reading “Pressing Issue: Exfoliating Beads”
I joined Beautycounter before we had any products, or even a name for the company. I am entirely proud of that fact, as it speaks to our mission to put safety and transparency first, and most of all, to dive headfirst into the challenge of making beautiful products safer.