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Cleaning with chemicals - The greatest lie ever told

I hate to break it to you friend, but you’ve been lied to - we all have. For decades we all have been told time and time again that a clean and safe home is one that is regularly doused with strange chemicals. But now we know better.

 

Take a second to visualize your cleaning routine. Does it first start with prying open the baby locks on the cabinet underneath your sink? If so, you may want to reconsider the products you’re using around your family and pets. Think about it: if these products are so bad that they must be locked away 98% of the time, why do we feel so comfortable freely spraying them around our homes? Some of these very common products are so potentially harmful they need to be disposed of as hazardous waste - and yet so many of us use them to clean our children’s high-chairs without a second thought.

 

The Safest way to get toxins away from our homes : The Truce Clean way

The Safest way to get toxins away from homes : The Truce Clean way

Here at Truce, we’ve often been complimented that our bottles are too good looking to stow away in the sink cabinet, which is why we’re proud to make products that are safe enough to not have to. A home cleaner doesn't require heavy chemicals to be effective, and it certainly doesn’t require the artificial dyes, fragrances, preservatives and other known allergens that even some “natural” cleaning companies seem hell-bent on using. At Truce, we’re different. Our specially formulated line of products only use simple yet effective ingredients such as alcohol, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to kill germs with ease while still being safe to get on your skin.


As we discussed in last week’s article, we may not be able to go back in time to stop us bringing all these chemicals into our homes, but we all can take the right steps to make our homes safer moving forward.


Do you have old chemical products sitting around your house that you need to get rid of? First make sure you’re disposing of them properly! Our friends at Earth911 have an amazing and free resource to find out where and how to safely recycle or dispose of household products in your area.


Truce envisions a world where every home is free of these harmful and untested chemicals. Using only 14 common, natural ingredients and refusing to use any harsh chemicals, dyes, fragrances and preservatives, we have created the same safe and simple cleaning products you would make if you had the time. Having a hard time believing that? Check out the full list of our ingredients for yourself.

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Our homes are saturated with harmful chemicals

The chemical industry produces well over 80,000 different chemicals, many of which end up in our homes - and less than 10% of them have been tested for potential harm. Naturally, as with any unwanted intruder, I’m sure we all wish we could say we had nothing to do with this, but alas we welcomed these chemicals into our homes with open arms. Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, they came in household cleaning products, air fresheners, pesticides and cosmetics. They came in detergents, solvents, and hair sprays - their virtues and values extolled by advertising agencies that told us we needed to have 100% germ-free surfaces and a special cleaner for each room. At the time we didn’t know any better - how could we? But now that we do, it is our collective duty to do something about it.

But first - let’s back things up. How did we even get here?

As with many industries, the chemical industry gained significant footing in the American lifestyle during the years after the World Wars. Prior to World War I, use of synthesized chemicals in everyday practice was in its infancy. Soaps and cleaning products in particular were very basic, utilizing ingredients such as fats and vinegar to create their simple yet effective cleaning concoctions. In that simpler time, the lives of most people were all-natural by default - and certain illnesses such as asthma were far less prevalent than today.

As the years of war ravaged through countries and many lives were lost, it quickly became apparent that the enemies of battle were not the only threat to the lives of our troops. Disease-carrying insects such as mosquitos and lice brought diseases including malaria and typhus to many fighting men, rapidly becoming a silent killer amongst the already perilous combat conditions. In fact, approximately sixty thousand American soldiers perished due to malaria in the Pacific and African theatres of WWII. Finding a cure, or at least a preventative measure against these infections quickly became a top concern for the United States to ensure a victory on all fronts - and Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, also known as DDT, was the cure. Or so they thought.

After the war, DDT quickly became a household staple for anyone wishing to get rid of any unwanted pests around the home. After the military use of the product vanished, the production companies set their sights on the American consumer, and recruited the famed advertising agencies of the 1950’s to take this untested “wonder chemical” and get it into the homes of every single citizen. They broadcasted the diverse uses and benefits of this seemingly safe product as “harmless to you, your garden, and your house.”

After years of prevalent use, the United States government began to reassess the safety of this so-called wonder chemical. Realizing the product never went through any sufficient testing, it was unclear whether the product could really be classified as “safe.” Lo and behold, they were all wrong. Lab testing eventually showed DDT to be a significant endocrine disruptor and possible carcinogen, ultimately resulting in the chemical’s ban in the USA in 1972. In the decades following, many other countries caught on to the harmful properties of DDT and followed suit. As of 2004, the World Health Organization has established a worldwide ban of the substance.

The story of DDT is only one example of the many synthesized chemicals that became prevalent in the American home in the years after the the world wars. Unfortunately, the innocent-until-proven-guilty model that allowed DDT into every home has also invited many equally harmful substances into our homes that still dwell there today.

Truce envisions a world where every home is free of these harmful and untested chemicals. Using only 14 common, natural ingredients and refusing to use any harsh chemicals, dyes, fragrances and preservatives, we have created the same safe and simple cleaning products you would make if you had the time. Having a hard time believing that? Check out the full list of our ingredients for yourself.

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8 EASY and QUICK steps to Live Toxin-free in 2017

We spend so much time taking care of ourselves - exercising regularly, eating organic, saying no to that cupcake...but we overlook the excess and unavoidable toxins that are found in our everyday products.


2017... It's a brand new year, and a brand new opportunity to live the healthy lifestyle you've always been thinking and hearing about.


Here are a few EASY and QUICK steps you can take to remove toxins from your life:



  • No more shoes in the house
    • Instead, put on a pair of slippers (they're more comfortable anyway!). Most household dirt, pesticides, and lead come into your home on your shoes.

  • Stop using bleached products
    • Paper towels, toilet paper, and coffee filters aren't naturally white, they're bleached with toxic chlorine. Look for chlorine-free or oxygen-bleached products.

  • Be careful with the lawn pesticides
    • As you would have guessed, these pesticides are loaded with toxins that you track into your homes. These days there are plenty of options for environmentally-friendly alternatives to chemical pesticides.

  • Eliminate synthetic fragrances:
    • Room sprays like Febreze are loaded with toxins and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and studies show they can even cause cancer. Time to find a natural replacement.

  • Trash the familiar, brand name home cleaners you’ve been using all along
    • Their names are familiar, but their ingredients are unfamiliar...time to start using cleaning products with simple, safe, and effective ingredients. Truce to the rescue!

  • Review your personal care products
    • Deodorants, toothpaste, soaps and lotions can all be laden with toxins. We'll do several posts on this topic alone, but you can start today by checking out the ingredient lists on your current products.

  • Don't buy antibacterial soaps
    • The problem with antibacterial soap is that they kill ALL bacteria, bad and good. We need bacteria to survive. Make the switch to hand, dish, and laundry soaps that contain natural ingredients.

  • Use glass instead of plastic
    • Most plastics leach potential carcinogens and other toxins. Store your food in glass or ceramic containers, use stainless steel water bottles. By the way, never use plastic in the microwave.

You can implement these 8 tips and start living toxin-free TODAY! Simple enough to start, right?

As we say here at Truce, “the future belongs to the healthy”...


Cheers to a Toxin-Free 2017!


Team Truce



P.S. -- what are you using to clean your home, office, and car? Read the labels. Any weird ingredients that make you feel uneasy? We thought so. Do yourself a quick favor and look at Truce’s ingredient list. Essential oils + aromatherapy + ingredients you know and trust...it’s time to make the right switch. Take 20% off your first order by filling out the form at the end of this page ▼  We’ve got a lot to show you...see you on the inside.

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Heading to the Natural Products Expo March 6-9!

Ahhhh, the fresh smell of peppermint is in the air, cases of Truce are squished into our trunks, and we're Anaheim-bound, baby! *happy dance* (The event is held in Anaheim, California on March 6-9, www.expowest.com) Diann, Denis and Adam are slipping on the Birks (wait, wait, no... we're barefoot) and holding tiny Truce's hand as it toddles into the crazy natural-products sandbox. Yep, our baby is growing up SO fast (*tear*)!

Last year was our first Expo, and the team was bursting to spread the word about the simple pleasures of our non-toxic baby. We watched our artistic magician Adam Mann blossom and build enthusiasm with everyone he talked to about his passion for art and green living. The vibe was exciting... and we can't wait to get back!

This year we are spreading the word about our new products and philanthropic goals. For example, our peppermint-oil dog shampoo, made with less ingredients than a can of dog food, also generates funds for the Lost Our Home Pet Foundation in Tempe, which saves abandoned animals.

We hope you can join us at the Expo... we'd love to see some of our Valley neighbors at Booth 6800!

Don't worry about packing heavy for the trip. Actually, leave out the soap, deodorant and perfume... a few spritzes of Truce and you'll smell delicious. Um, we're kidding. But wait, if you try that, definitely tell us if it works!

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11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Recycle

As time goes by you’ve probably wanted to recycle certain things but haven’t known where to go or how to do it. Let the following list inspire you to find additional ways to recycle other products, and by all means, let us know what you learn so we can pass it along.

 

1. Appliances

Goodwill accepts working appliances, so simply visit goodwill.org for the nearest location. The Steel Recycling Institute can help as well. The latter is a great resource for anything steel you need to recycle.

2. Athletic Shoes

Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program turns old shoes into playgrounds and athletic flooring, and One World Running will send still wearable shoes to athletes in need.

3. Batteries

All types and kinds can be recycled with batteryrecycling.com. Check with your local municipality to see if there’s a battery recycling site nearby.

4. Cardboard Boxes

Contact local nonprofits and women’s shelters and ask if they can use them. If your workplace collects at least 100 or more boxes each month, contact Used Cardboard Boxes - they can resell them.

5. CDs & DVDs

If you just want to recycle them, check the web for “technotrash”. We like to use Green Disk.

6. CFLs

You can take your compact Fluorescent Light bulbs to IKEA for recycling. Your municipal toxic waste site will also take them, but be sure you take proof of residence with you.  

7. Computers & Electronics

Many high schools now have programs in computer repair where materials are refurbished and given to people who can use them. Check with your local schools. Otherwise, check out responsible recyclers at ban.org who don’t send them to other countries where unprotected workers are exposed to dangerous substances.

8. Eyeglasses

Bet you didn’t know that local Lion’s Clubs collects them for redistribution to people in need. Visit their website for locations. If your local Walmart has a Vision Center in store, they will recycle them as well.

9. Foam Packing Peanuts

Check with your local pack-and-ship store-they will likely take them.

10. Sports Equipment

You can resell or trade your old stuff at Play It Again Sports. There are multiple stores in the Valley.

11. Toothbrushes & Razors

Buy toothbrushes and razors from Preserve and they will take them back to be recycled again into plastic lumber. Check out their recycling partners at preserveproducts.com. Also available at some Whole Foods Markets. Very cool!

If you have stuff that you just can’t recycle, when possible and practical, send it back to the company that made it and tell them to close the waste loop.

Let us know what you have discovered can be recycled and how to do it. Inquiring minds want to know!



In the meantime, post this on your fridge door and share it with friends! We thank you, and your community thanks you for recycling!

 

Did you know that Truce uses the most recyclable plastic for all bottles? It’s called PET.

Understand the impact we’re making (link to impact page)

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