The following links are organized by relevant Research Question. They are also labelled as either Canadian (CAN), International (INT), American (US), or British Columbian (BC). The links are labelled into Level 1 or Level 2, where Level 2 links are slightly more complex and give more insight into the topic.
The Library of Links contains:
- Research Links
- Local Activity Links
- Helpful Optional Links
- Stakeholder Links
- Current Events
- Report or Suggest a Link
- Works Cited
These links will inform your Research Questions and Critical Thinking Questions.
Q3.1 INT-US – Did you know that there’s a toxic story behind every product in your home. This video will introduce you to the basic topics: Link 1 (2:29) L1
CAN – Many of our cleaners have “coded” ingredients that we should know about for our health, this article breaks down what we should be looking for. Link 2 L1
Q3.2 CAN – The following survey report from the David Suzuki Foundation is a shocking summary of concepts relating to household toxicity. Page 5-6 in the pdf breaks it all down, from labeling to suggestions on avoiding toxins: Link 3 L1
CAN – Are our products “greenwashed” when they are actually hiding harmful toxins? Link 4 L2
Q3.3 INT – So there are toxins in the products I use daily? It’s true and cosmetics are often the biggest offenders: Link 5 (8:00) L1
Q3.4 INT – Learn about negative impacts of toxicants in household cleaning products: Link 6 L1
Local Activity Links
These links will be needed to complete your Local Activity.
INT-US – Use this excellent tool to research the products that you are using and find out if it’s hurting you and how: Link 9 L1
INT-US – Going shopping for cosmetics soon? Bring this cosmetic guide to review before you buy: Link 10 L1
INT-US – Detoxing your home can be easy, even if you are spectacularly lazy: Link 11 (3:12) L1
CAN – Checklist for a healthy home: Link 12 L1
Below are ways we can make our own products, to know exactly what is in the products we are using! Cheap, health and easy personal product recipes and ideas:
- Easy Shampoo: Mix a little bit of water with a few spoonfuls of baking soda in a little container to make a paste, scrub the paste into your roots and throughout your wet hair and then rinse out.
- Easy Conditioner: Put a few spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar into a small dish (you can dilute it to give you more liquid to work with), add 1-3 drops of an essential oil to make it smell great (optional), pour the mix through your hair making sure to get the ends as well and rinse.
- Moisturizing Face Mask: Mush a little bit of avocado up and spread it all over your face, let it sit for 1-10 minutes and then rinse off.
- Glass Cleaner or General Cleaner: 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water, add a few drops of lemon juice or essential oil for a pleasant smell and additional cleaning properties (optional). Using newspaper is also an ecological replacement for paper towel when cleaning glass.
- Anti-Microbial Moisturizing Shaving Gel: Rub a little bit of coconut oil on where you are shaving (not too much, just thin coat), shave and rinse! Leaves skin soft and moisturized.
Helpful Optional Links
CAN – Did you know…? Source: Link 16 L2
INT – Why should I be concerned about toxins? What are you referring to, and wouldn’t I know if I was being exposed to them? Link 17 (2:30) L1
CAN – Be sure to familiarize yourself with the “Dirty Dozen” ingredients here: Link 18 L1
CAN – We know that toxic chemicals are all around us and many of them are from our everyday products. Take action to ask our government to protect us from them by changing labeling laws. Here is a petition to support labeling health products in Canada: Link 19 L1
INT-US – Low-Income communities bear a disproportionate burden of toxic chemical exposure. This PDF discusses this topic with a summary on pages 18-19: Stakeholders 1 L2
CAN - Also take a look at this Canadian example: Stakeholders 2 L2
CAN -2016 June 30th -The Globe and Mail– Microbeads are on the way out of cleansers after being listed as a toxic substance by the Canadian government. L2: Event 1
CAN – 2015 May 29th – SaultStar: “Are our roads full of junk and toxins?” Toxins mixed into asphalt, including recycled motor oil, can leak into the environment polluting water and soils: Event 2
CAN – 2014 April 29th - The Georgia Straight “Global Scientists Plan Vancouver Fukushima Session” An international toxicology conference was held in Vancouver in 2014 that focused on the effects of Fukushima related radiation in the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Ocean: Event 3
INT – 2014 March 18th - The Atlantic “The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains” A doctor writes about the everyday toxins in our environment than can cause harm to our brains: Event 4
CAN – 2014 February 13th - Salon “Yet another reason to reject Keystone: Canada vastly underestimated the tar sands’ cancer-causing toxicants” Recent studies show that not enough is known about the cancer causing risks of tar sands chemicals: Event 5
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Abramsy, Linsa. (February 4, 2014). “Yet another reason to reject Keystone: Canada vastly underestimated the tar sand's cancer causing toxicants” Salon. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20140223085614/https://www.salon.com/2014/02/03/yet_another_reason_to_reject_keystone_canada_vastly_underestimated_the_tar_sands_cancer_causing_toxins/.
“Alarming Facts” Alarming Facts. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20161225082302/http://greenwoodcleaning.yolasite.com/resources/alarming-facts.pdf.
(April 24, 2009). “Toxic Chemicals are everywhere in our homes!” Youtube. January 30, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Youtube.comwatchvtrhL__KC0gQlistPLM1XamgepDQ-uUFPa37okvmFwnOhxOqkS.
(April 30, 2008). “Squeaky Green” Youtube. January 30, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Youtube.comwatchvX_nsRyDKAUkfeatureyoutu.be.
Dunphy, Martin. (April 29, 2014). “Global scientists plan Vancouver Fukushima session”. Georgia Straight. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170224052925/https://www.straight.com/news/635301/global-scientists-plan-vancouver-fukushima-session.
EWG Skin Deep. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190118230514/https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.
Goodyear, Sheena. (May 29, 2015). “Are our roads full of junk and toxins?” The Sault Star. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190121203825/https://www.saultstar.com/2015/05/29/are-our-roads-full-of-junk-and-toxins/wcm/3f6b0a54-1a42-48b7-afbd-9d4e06c5390c.
“GUIDE: MAKE YOUR HOME A HEALTHY HOME” Environmental Defense. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190219180523/http://environmentaldefence.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/HealthyHome_Checklist_0.pdf.
Hamblin, James. (March 18, 2014). “The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains”. The Atlantic. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190115042841/https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/03/the-toxins-that-threaten-our-brains/284466/.
“How Toxic Are Your Household Cleaning Supplies?” Organic Consumers Associations. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20121105104522/http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_279.cfm.
(July 1, 2010). “The Story Behind Cosmetics” Youtube. January 30, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Youtube.comwatchvDjgkN6IpYr8featureyoutu.be.
(July 20, 2010). “The Story of Cosmetics” Youtube. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Youtube.comwatchvpfq000AF1i8.
Massey, Rachel. “Environmental Justice: Income, Race and Health” GDAE. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181223182228/http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/education_materials/modules/Environmental_Justice.pdf.
(May 16, 2018). “Government of Canada labels microbeads 'toxic substances'” The Globe and Mail. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170312010144/https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/feds-label-microbeads-as-toxic-substance/article30698903/.
(May 8, 2013). “How Much Lead is in Your Lipstick? FDA Study Uncovers Worst Offenders” Ecouterre. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190121185308/https://inhabitat.com/ecouterre/how-much-lead-is-in-your-lipstick-fda-study-uncovers-worst-offenders/.
(May 25, 2011). “Homemade Green Cleaning Products That Work” Huffpost. https://web.archive.org/web/20170409202808/https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/09/homemade-green-cleaning-p_n_343878.html.
(May 27, 2013). “Diy Honey Shampoo” Empowered Sustenance. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180923210530/https://empoweredsustenance.com/diy-honey-shampoo/.
(November 24, 2013). “First Nations Exposed to pollutants in 'chemical valley” CBC News. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20161129115338/http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/first-nations-exposed-to-pollutants-in-chemical-valley-1.2438724.
(October 2010). “WHAT'S INSIDE? THAT COUNTS” David Suzuki Foundation. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190214180806/https://davidsuzuki.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/REPORT-whats-inside-counts-survey-toxic-ingredients-cosmetics.pdf.
“Shopper’s guide to safe cosmetics” Environmental Working Group. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170403112846/http://static.ewg.org/skindeep/pdf/EWG_cosmeticsguide.pdf.
“Tell Canada's Health Minister to come clean about the toxic ingredients in our household cleaners” David Suzuki Foundation. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170820071629/http://action2.davidsuzuki.org/comeclean.
“"The Dirty Dozen" cosmetic chemicals to avoid” David Suzuki Foundation. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181210173025/https://davidsuzuki.org/queen-of-green/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals-avoid/.
“The Dirty Dozen: Parfum (a.k.a fragrance)” David Suzuki Foundation. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170820071629/http://action2.davidsuzuki.org/comeclean.
(2014). “The dirt on toxic chemicals on household cleaning products” David Suzuki Foundation. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190121175005/https://www.purahome.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/The-David-Suzuki-Foundation-The-dirt-on-toxic-chemicals-in-household-cleaning-products.pdf.
Wells, Katie. (January 8, 2019). “Homemade Natural Makeup Recipes” Wellness Mama. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180831101018/https://wellnessmama.com/4948/natural-makeup-recipes/.
Wells, Katie. (January 9, 2019). “How to Make Natural Deodorant” Wellness Mama. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190111044044/https://wellnessmama.com/1523/natural-deodorant/.
Wells, Katie. (January 9, 2019). “Natural Homemade Sunscreen Recipe” Wellness Mama. January 21, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190110125142/https://wellnessmama.com/2558/homemade-sunscreen/.