Ingredients We Avoid
At The Tot, we want the best for Mamas, Mamas-to-be and Tots. As a result, each and every product has been carefully researched, selected and thoroughly tested to ensure they meet the highest standards for safety, quality and style.
Rest assured our products are free from the following ingredients:
- BPA: Bisphenol-a is a chemical additive commonly found in many consumer products. Typically, it is used as a lining in canned food and beverages to prevent corroding but can also be found on receipts, some mixed plastics, in polycarbonate plastic, and paper money.
- Phthalates: a chemical used in body care to help bind fragrances to a product, and can also be found in PVC. In PVC, it is what helps the material feel soft and pliable. The concern with phthalates lies with its ability to mimic estrogenic hormones.
- PVC/Chlorine (Vinyl): Commonly contains phthalates and can be a source of lead contamination. PVC is found in pool toys, kids toys and home goods.
- Flame retardants: PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, a class of endocrine-disrupting compounds found in foam furniture, pillows, bedding, electronics, carpets, upholstery, etc.
- Parabens: A preservative used in skin care and body care products to prevent bacteria growth. Parabens have been the focus of many studies and are suspected to be a contributing cause of cancer and hormone disruption.
- 4 dioxane: Found in PEGs (petrochemical ingredients) and is a possible human carcinogenic contaminate. Used as a foaming agent and shows up in body care products as a by-product from processing, therefore is not listed on the ingredients.
- Nitrosamines: Typically found in latex but has been phased out in the last several years.
- Triclosan: An antimicrobial agent used in every day products from school supplies to grocery cart handles. This substance inhibits the growth of bacteria and mold to enhance the lifespan, not necessarily to protect people from illnesses. It can also be found in detergents and even toothpastes, Triclosan is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and may disrupt thyroid function, not to mention is ending up in our water supply and affecting fish and wildlife.
- Oxybenzone: Avoidance of all chemical sunscreen agents is recommended but oxybenzone is the dirtiest of them all. Oxybenzone is an endocrine disruptor which can affect the nervous system, has been linked to cancer in some laboratory studies, and creates free-radicals in our bodies, leading to possible cancer growth.
- DEET & Pesticides: Pesticides are a growing concern in our food system but also can be found right in our bug sprays and lotions. DEET can act as an irritant, and has been reported to be the cause of seizures, insomnia, mood disturbances and impaired cognitive function.
- PFOA (cookware / kitchen): Typically found in cooking pots and pans as part of the non-stick surface. Studies indicate that PFOA can cause developmental and other adverse effects in laboratory animals. PFOA also appears to remain in the human body for a long time.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS (sodium coco laurate): Found in many beauty products. Mainly in shampoos and body washes, but also in toothpaste, mouthwash, and detergents to name just a few. SLS’s are a foaming agent and give shampoos and the like that thick ‘luxurious’ foam that makes it seem like you’re getting cleaner when you’re really not. SLS’s are also a penetration enhancer, and known skin irritant. They also run the risk of being contaminated with the possible human carcinogen 1,4 dioxane.
- Artificial Colors: Many people are discovering sensitivities to artificial colors in food and body care products. Most artificial colors are derived from petrochemicals and contain some contamination concerns. Some studies of food safe coloring suggest that they enhance hyperactivity and allergies in children.
- Lead: This one is obvious but can be found in some sneaky places like children’s toys, play jewelry, art supplies, clothing and pool equipment. Exposure to lead can lead to brain damage and other cognitive disruptions.
- VOCs: (paint, cleaning supplies, bedding) Volatile Organic Compounds are compounds found in paints, building materials and furniture that can “off gas” into your environment, essentially polluting your air in your home. VOCs are toxic and are a suspected human carcinogen.