That label on your clothes and on your everyday products, is a statement of what and how you are buying, to protect your body and the environment.
As an ethical designer, producing certified organic bed linen with chemical free cotton, yarns and dyes, I aim to connect with the conscious buyer in various ways. A very supportive directory for Organic Bed Threads has been the Chemical Free Community, founded by Jillian Exton, which has been established to help buyers and sellers transition into a less toxic world.
The Chemical Free Community AKA ChemFreeCom teaches you how to 'fish' for information to become an inspired, educated and aware product user.
I recently spoke with toxic free influencer Jillian Exton, a dynamic woman who has faced massive health experiences head on, based on a need to radically change the chemical use in her daily life and thus continue to support a wider community to sourcing chemical free products. We talked about that often frightening word - CHEMCIALS - and what you can do to alleviate the daily pain factor....
Why Chemical Free Community?
I know that the term 'Chemical Free' is really not achievable - unless we live off the grid. There are many chemicals that are not harmful and that are essential for the body to function effectively. So what we really mean is to reduce our chemical exposure to harmful chemicals. It's a transition and not a path that can be taken in a day. It's about removing a high-chemical content product or service and replacing it with a nochemical product or service. We know, literally, we can never be chemical free.
We are surrounded by chemicals in everything we do, touch and ingest. Your dry cleaning, your pool, your shower, your processed muesli, your lip stick, your bug spray... it's endless.
It's the accumulative effect of 100,000's of chemicals we come in contact with that negatively impacts our health. So we have to ask ourselves - What are my alternatives? How can I reduce my toxic exposure? Simply, it is about living in a Chemical Free 'State of Mind'.
Our community provides access to a free online resource where you can search for organic, chemical free, natural products in your area or even while you are traveling.
What makes ChemFreeCom different from other directories?
ChemFreeCom covers Services as well as Food & Products - we want all those chemical free hairdressers, nail salons, cleaners, pest control, pet care, dentists, pre-schools, dry cleaners and funeral service to let us know they exist - so we can let our community know. There are so many ways that we can decrease our toxic exposure across other aspects of life - we need to think wider then what we eat.
We support all businesses who are trying to be more chemically free or in transition. It is not about being 100%. A Supplier, such as Organic Bed Threads, can nominate the percentage (%) they are chemically free, organic, certified and/or a number of other chemical status categories. As they grow and transition to more toxic or chemical free they can update their percentages (%) on their profile.
ChemFreeCom's goal is to grow the overall Chemical Free Community so we provide the opportunity for Suppliers to highlight any business or employment opportunities they wish to offer or are seeking.
The ChemFreeCom Library offers an rich collection of inspirational videos, great books, and information on chemicals/toxins. We want the directory to be more than just a listing platform. We want it to be a source of information for all who are looking to support their chemical free existence, or aid their transition.
What has been the driver for you starting ChemFreeCom?
There are really 2 reasons or events that have created this opportunity.
I've had a number of experiences, and like a lot of people one of them was cancer. My adventure with cancer provided me with many lessons. In choosing not to devalue my experience these learning's have prompted me to contribute to the education of prevention. Many people post cancer become active in fund raising for a cure, I seem to be more comfortable focusing my energies on prevention rather than cure.
The second is that while on the cancer adventure you tend to re-evaluate life and your purpose. I would like to leave a legacy that contributes to the health and wellness of our community, our global community.
The Chemical Free Community is just one aspect of that legacy.
If we focus on living without or minimising our chemical intake across all aspects of our life we are then, by default, connected to and cleansing the planet.
To reduce your chemical exposure individually, at a community level and support the chemical free industry, visit Chemical Free Community.