Roundups

Roundup Methodology

How we came up with our roundups of recommended products

At Because Health we have done the research for you about what products are safe. We roundup products with the best health and safety ratings that are widely available for different consumer products.


We use publicly available databases that identify potential risks associated with ingredients in consumer products. The main databases that we rely on are GoodGuide, EWG, Made Safe, and the Thinkdirty App.* We start with a list of all products that are rated safe in each database.

Sources Safe Ratings

EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database Verified and 0-2

EWG Guide to Healthy Cleaning A or B

Made Safe certified

GoodGuide 7- 10

Think Dirty App 0- 3

From that list, we cross check each product in the other available databases. If a product has a non-safe rating in any database, then we remove it from the list. Then, we eliminate products that are no longer available or are not widely available. Among the remaining products, we take into account customer reviews so that our roundups reflect products that are also well liked and actually do what they are supposed to do. If there are a lot of safe products in one category, we may limit the recommendations in our roundups to the best rated products.

For roundups of products that are not rated in these databases, such as reusable water bottles, we look for products that value high quality, non-toxic ingredients and materials, and that are well-reviewed on many online sources. However, since we do not test the materials in these products and are not associated with the manufacturers or distributors of these products, we cannot guarantee their claims.

*Occasionally, we also use Made Safe and other sources that are cited.

Roundups

15 Non-Toxic Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Fun, healthy, safe, and great for those budding imaginations

You can pat yourself on the back for bringing these non-toxic toys into your home or gifting them to friends. These are the highest rated, healthiest toys for your growing little one. Not only did we make sure that the materials are safe, but we made sure parents like you love these toys. All the toys here are great for revving up their imagination and creativity and are made to last. If you're looking for something for a newborn or a baby under 1, here are our top picks for best non-toxic newborn toys.

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Holiday Decorating without the Plastic

Zero waste, better for your health, and timeless

With Halloween solidly in the rearview mirror, the Holiday season is officially upon us. This also means that decorations are popping up everywhere. No matter where you go, stores are full of aisles stuffed with holiday decorations. While all of these cute baubles and tchotchkes might help you set the scene for your big family dinner, after the fact they are probably going to end up in the trash. If you are good about organizing, they might end up in a holiday box for next year, but chances are you will forget you had them and just get new ones again. To help you overcome the cycle and still fill your home with some adorable, fun, easy to reuse holiday decorations, we created a list of some of our favorite plastic-free holiday decorations.

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Food

Say No to Non-Stick Without Saying No to Eggs!

Why the extra effort to cook without non-stick is worth it

Ugh, and there it goes, your non-stick pan just can't survive another round of frying up your favorite eggs for brunch. You've avoided this for as long as you can, but you just can't put it off any longer. Yup, you have to go shopping for pots and pans. If the thought of choosing between the seemingly hundreds of different brands promising different things scares you, we get it! I mean, who wants to try and figure out the difference between non-toxic and toxic cooking pans between running errands and going grocery shopping? We're here to help you cut down on your shopping time and anxiety!

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Family

Non-Toxic Travel Cribs and Playards

No need to worry about flame retardants or other scary chemicals here

Whether it's your first weekend away from home as a family or you just want them to be able to play near you in the kitchen while you are cooking, you can breathe easy knowing your little one is safe in one of these non-toxic travel cribs and playards. We made sure they were all free from unsafe chemicals and that they were well reviewed in the parent community.

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Roundups

15 Non-Toxic Toys for Newborns

healthy, safe toys for 0-1 years old

Even before they can talk, babies know how to play. Sure, they will play with whatever is in front of them, but having their own toys is way more fun, and saves things like your watch from being covered in slobber. Here are some of the highest rated, healthiest toys out there, but be sure to check out our roundup of toy brands, too. If you're looking for something for someone a bit older, here are our picks for best non-toxic toys for toddlers.

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Life

Summer Recap: Here's What's Up with Wildfires

i.e. another way climate change is screwing with our health

Remember how bad the wildfires in the western United States were this year? Maybe you're worried that summer is never going to be the same with the constant air quality warnings? If you're like most people, you're probably a little concerned. And rightfully so! For instance, even if you weren't in California during the wildfires this year, you might have still felt the effects of the wildfires. While it doesn't seem the most direct, wildfires that occur far away still affect the environment you are living in. Climate change is playing a huge role in the number of wildfires and the length of the wildfire season that we're seeing and will be seeing - here's why.

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Life

Gifts! Gifts! Gifts!

Plastic-free, zero waste, and full of heart

As the holidays start to sneak up on us, we have been pulling together some of our favorite homemade gifts. All of which happen to be plastic-free, zero waste, edible (because food!). Bonus, they are all delicious and help cut down on both the plastic you and your loved ones are exposed to, plus how much ends up in the environment. Not to mention they look really awesome and a homemade gift is a unique way to show you really care. One more benefit, you can pull them together super last minute, get pretty much everything you need at the grocery store (most of it in bulk even) and avoid the heinous parking scene at the mall.

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