Seventh Gen, Unilever & SLS

Seventh Gen, Unilever & SLS

By Stephanie Seferian

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are found in loads of personal care, beauty, and cleaning products. But there are both environmental and human health concerns associated with SLS and SLES: why, then, do eco-conscious brands continue to include such surfactants in their product offerings? On today's show I'm answering a listener's question about the well-known "green" brand, Seventh Generation. Why does their laundry detergent list Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) as its first ingredient? Is Seventh Generation *actually* eco-conscious, and how does Unilever play into the equation?    Here's a preview: [1:30] Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is in nearly everything. Here's why [3:30] The connection between SLS and palm oil [4:20] Seventh Generation and Unilever: The problems with mega-corporations [8:30] Human health concerns associated with SLS and SLES [12:00] 3 considerations when purchasing health, beauty, and cleaning products   Resources mentioned: Molly's Suds Tandi's Naturals Episode #187: A Palm-Oil Primer Episode #194: Safer Nail Polish Ideas The Dirty Dozen: Sodium Laureth Sulfate * Join our (free!) community here. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. * Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com   Our Sponsors:* Thank you to LifeStraw! https://lifestraw.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-content
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