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English Research Links

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


Q3.5 INT – Check out non-toxic household and cosmetic products you can make yourself at home! Link 7 L1 and Link 8 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.

DIY sunscreen: Link 13 L1, deodorant: Link 14 L1, and fancy shampoo: Link 15 L1


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

CAN – Let’s take a look at a few specific personal and house products - lipstick: Link 20 L1 and fragrance: Link 21 L1


Stakeholder Links

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


Current Events

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 governmentL2 : 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

CAN – 2014 November 20th - SFU  “Video drives home impact of cumulative environmental toxic exposures on children’s brain development” Event 4

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 5 

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 6

Liens de Recherche en Français

Ces liens informeront vos Questions de Recherche et vos Réflexions Critiques 

Plusieurs produits ménagers et produits de beauté contiennent des substances toxiques qui peuvent avoir des conséquences sur la santé des humains mais aussi sur l'environnement. Le premier lien te fourni de l’information sur les substances toxiques des produits ménagers et le second lien te renseignera sur les ingrédients toxiques contenus dans les cosmétiques)

  • Dans les produits ménagers: Lien 1
  • Dans les produits de beauté/ In cosmetics: Lien 2


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