When we say 'non-toxic' sanitisers, what do we mean exactly and why should you care?
Hand sanitisers are great. They are quick, convenient and provide peace of mind. But did you know that sanitisers can contain ingredients that suppress the immune system, disrupt hormones and contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant super bugs?
There is growing evidence about the negative health and environmental effects of some of the chemicals in our body and cleaning products, so Happy Bee is proudly free of the following ingredients:
Triclosan is an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent that can be found in products such as toothpaste, soaps, and hand sanitisers. It has been banned in US, has been linked to osteoporosis in women, and studies show that it may alter hormones, contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant germs, and lower immunity.
Synthetic fragrances are strong scents that are composed of synthetic materials, most of which are derived by petrochemicals. They have been linked to asthma, migraines, neurological problems, contact dermatitis and infertility.
Phthalates work as softeners in personal care products. One phthalate, DEHP, is an endocrine disruptor and can cause cancer. Some may affect human reproduction or development.
Sulphates are found in cleaning agents. Many products with sulphates are tested on animals to measure the level of irritation to skin, lungs and eyes.
Parabens are a common synthetic preservative with weak estrogenic effects that could possibly play a role on breast cancer. Parabens have also been found for the first time marine mammals so researchers believe parabens we use are washed into the sewage system and released into the environment.
ETDA is used to increase shelf life of products. Linked to abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, low blood pressure, skin problems and fever.
Choose safe and natural
Happy Bee products are all plant-derived and free of harsh toxins, yet are still powerful and kill germs effectively. Browse our range of sanitiser sprays, bundles and refills.
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