What people are saying about
the Guide to Less Toxic Products
Who is using the Guide to Less Toxic
Products, EHANS’ popular on line resource? Amazing numbers of people, from many
walks of life. An average of 300 people per day have used the Guide over the
past year. Since the Guide was a featured link on Marketplace’s Chasing the
Cancer Answer, in March 2006, more than 600 people per day have consulted the
Guide at www.lesstoxicguide.ca.
The Toronto Globe and Mail referred to the Guide in their hard hitting series,
Toxic Shock, June 2006. Environmental Defense Canada included the Guide to Less
Toxic Products as a reference in their reportsToxic Nation, which focused on the
body burden of chemicals found in Canadians, (www.toxicnation.ca)
and Polluted Children, Toxic Nation (http://www.environmentaldefence.ca/reports/toxicnationFamily.htm).
Clean Nova Scotia uses material from the Guide in their Tox-Free education
The Guide has also been mentioned in the superb series on health hazards in
beauty products in the Ottawa Citizen, in an item on less toxic bathroom
cleaners in Chatelaine Magazine,and in an article on Less Toxic Spas in esthemag
People across Canada and abroad are using The Guide to Less Toxic Products to
help themselves and others find ways to switch to products which are healthier
for humans and the environment. Below are a sampling of the letters EHANS has
received in recent months.
I'm a director of the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association, a non-profit
group in BC. We're in the process of producing a "Living Toxin Free" brochure
for use in our part of Canada. The brochure will provide information about
common, potentially toxic household products, offer alternatives, list some
brand recommendations and offer information about local disposal sites and best
practices. Your Guide to Less Toxic Products is easily the best and most
comprehensive website we've ever seen on this subject area, and we'd like to
refer readers to it and also mention some of the BC-based products you describe
(with full credit to your Guide). May we have your permission?
Thank you for providing this information! We would like to pass this information
on to our residents via our residents association newsletter. Environmental
illnesses are on the increase and we would like to make more information
Again, thank you for your dedication to this project.
Dianne Eddy, President, Mapleguard Ratepayers' Association, Deep Bay, Vancouver
Hello. I am the Editor-in-Chief for a small feminist ezine entitled Edwards
Magazine. One of our mandates is to highlight issues of health, and of course
cancer ranks right up there when speaking of health concerns of Canadians.
In wake of the Marketplace Report which aired on CBC last weekend, I know many
Canadians are anxious to learn more about chemicals, their harmful side effects,
and what consumers can do to avoid them in the products we use.
I'm wondering if we could obtain permission to link to your site. ...Our readers
are always looking for resources to find the information they need and I think
your site is fantastic for presenting this information in a straight-forward,
Christine Gordon Manley, Editor-in-Chief, Edwards Magazine,
I am the coordinator of the environment education program for Scouts in Western
The National Association recently introduced a new badge, called the Water Wise
Badge. One of the requirements of this badge is to research and compile an
environmentally friendly cleaning kit.
I am currently working at compiling a resource folder for leaders, to assist
them with instructing the youth members about the badge requirements. After much
searching on the internet, I came across your site. I found it very informative
and very easy to understand.
I am writing to ask permission to include the information contained within the
Household Cleaners section in this resource folder. Your site would receive full
recognition, and we would refer any enquiries to your site.
Angela Hein, Branch Activity Leader - Environment, Scouts Western Australia
"For all of us who know that we are exposed to toxic chemicals every minute of
our lives but feel helpless to do much about it, here is an opportunity to take
David Suzuki, scientist and environmentalist
"This [Guide] is wonderful !!! Congratulations to the AEHA on what must have
been a mammoth project. We will certainly be letting our patients know about it,
as it applies the precautionary principle, suggesting the most likely safest
product choices, given the available scientific evidence. Hopefully, the Guide
will stimulate further research in this important, yet neglected consumer health
Dr. Lynn Marshall, Medical Director, Environmental Health Clinic
Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON
"This Guide provides what we all hoped the Internet would deliver years ago --
uncommercial, clear, unbiased information produced by a non-profit group with
nothing to sell. Print off pages and take them with you when you shop. You and
the planet will be healthier for it!"
Heidi Ship, Complementary Health practitioner
"This guide is extremely important and helpful in a timely way. The epidemic of
cancers that we are all facing is intimately tied to chemical use, although
conventional medicine often fails to face this obvious link. Recent mainstream
scientific evidence linking chemicals in tap water to miscarriages is a wake-up
call. Educating the public about less toxic products is absolutely essential for
the health of humans, other species and our planet. Thank you so much for your
work in producing and disseminating this information."
Elisabeth Gold, MD, Halifax, NS
"Many thanks to the Nova Scotia Allergy and Environmental Health Association for
this extremely helpful guide to avoiding unnecessary toxic threats in our
Elizabeth May, Executive Director, Sierra Club of Canada
"Hi Folks, Your web site is very impressive. Very good to see someone taking
some action on this crucial subject."
"I can't tell you how wonderful your new site is. not only to me as a severe
multiple chemical/environmental allergy person, but to educate others to the
effects of scents, chemicals etc. to someone like me... Keep up the good work!!
"Thank you for this amazing resource. It is a challenge being sensitive to so
many artificial and natural scents, flavors, colors, preservatives,
additives...etc. I have been recovering from serious debility and post traumatic
stress, and detoxing my life has made a huge difference. ... it is information
like yours that has made it possible! "
Guide to Less Toxic Products
to Less Toxic Products
has been on-line for over two years. EHANS is seeking funding to bring existing
sections of the Guide up to date and to add three new sections: Pest Control,
Building Materials, and Special Needs.
belong to an organization which might support this widely used resource, we can
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