Myths About Natural Products that are False.

It is important, when we want to live more sustainable, eco-friendly, and healthy lives, to educate ourselves about what goes into each of the products we buy. There is a lot of information out there to help you. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there too. Alarmist rhetoric, hyperbole, and greenwashing can all lead to lies and inaccuracies within this arena. Here are three myths about natural product that are false:

Chemicals Are Bad – Full Stop

Some over-zealous eco-warriors and natural health gurus go too far in their condemnation of certain products. They can give the impression that if something is not directly plucked from a plant, it is bad. 'Chemicals' is a term often used as a catch-all, to describe certain harmful synthetic (man-made) substances. But it is important to remember that 'chemicals' are everywhere. Some are natural, some synthetic. Branding all 'chemicals' as bad – full stop – can be confusing. It is important to understand that 'chemicals' are not all bad. It is important to follow the science. 

Natural Always Equals Healthy and Harmless

Just as it is important to understand that not all 'chemicals' are bad, it is equally important to remember that not all-natural substances are healthy and harmless. A little of something can often do good – but a lot of that thing could cause harm. Therefore, when making or buying natural products, it is so important to be informed and check out for more information.


Labelling Tells Us All We Need to Know

As consumers, many of us are naïve in believing that labels on our products tell us everything we need to know. But labelling can often be misleading, and even on so-called 'natural' products, can hide a multitude of sins. One example of this is the terms “fragrance” or “parfume” often found on labels. Companies can use that term and it can be a composition of many ingredients, including preservatives which may be harmful to the environment or human health. It is important to look at labels, and to understand what the words on them mean. 



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