what a train derailment in Ohio has to do with you

Early last month (February 2023), there was an environmental catastrophe in East Palestine Ohio resulting from a 50-car train derailment. The train was carrying a large amount of highly toxic chemicals that spilled into the soil and were released into the air, causing an emergency evacuation of residents in the area. Although they’ve since been allowed to return to their homes, concerns about the short- and long-term health effects and contamination caused by the train derailment continue.

So what does all this have to do with you?

As the news evolves, we’ve learned that all of the chemicals spilled during the derailment were identified as dangerous, toxic, hazardous … and yet, these are all ingredients used in the manufacturing of everyday personal care and cleaning products. They include:

  • Vinyl chloride: Known to be a long-term carcinogen, this phthalate is associated with an increased risk of a rare form of liver cancer, as well as primary liver cancer, brain and lung cancers, lymphoma, and leukemia. Inhalation of fumes could cause dizziness, nausea, headache, visual disturbances, respiratory problems, and other health-related issues. Symptoms of exposure include drowsiness, disorientation, numbness, and tingling of the extremities, and nausea, and can also irritate eyes and skin. Ingredient found in nail polish.
  • Ethylene glycol monobutyl ethers: Cause irritation in the eyes, skin, nose, and throat, as well as hematuria (blood in the urine), nervous system depression, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Ingredient found in shampoos, liquid soaps, bubble bath products, and hair relaxers.
  • Ethylhexyl acrylate: A known carcinogen that can cause burning and irritation of the skin and eyes upon contact. Inhalation can irritate the nose and throat, causing shortness of breath, coughing, and nausea. Ingredient found in artificial nails and foundation/concealer.
  • Isobutylene: Inhalation can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and headache. Ingredient found in hair styling products.
  • Phosgene: Fumes may lead to chest constriction and choking. Used as a chemical weapon in World War I. Ingredient found in dyes and pesticides.
  • Hydrogen chloride: Fumes could irritate throat and cause skin problems. Ingredient found in shampoos.
  • Butyl acrylate: Exposure can cause irritation, redness, and tearing of the eyes, a runny nose, scratchy throat, difficulty breathing, and redness and cracking of the skin. Ingredient found in nail polish, eye shadow, lipstick.

Hard to believe? You bet it is!

While we’re told that those ingredients are safe at the levels used in consumer products, exposure over time can lead to increased body burden and devastating health effects. Why are manufacturers okay with that? They’re okay with exposing their employees (who likely wear hazmat suits at work!) and customers to these hazardous materials. Why? When Pure Haven has shown that use of those materials is not necessary for creating effective products. Those materials are not even necessary for preservation of their products, as Pure Haven has proven with Pure Protect, our broad-spectrum proprietary preservation technology.

We believe those greedy manufacturers are only concerned with cutting corners and increasing profits. All at your expense.

You — and our planet! — deserve a safer option.

Pure Haven products never have and never will contain harmful ingredients. You can shop our complete collection of non toxic products for yourself, your family, and your home without worry. No compromises. That’s our promise.

Contact your Pure Haven Consultant today to shop worry free for all your non toxic personal care and household needs. And be sure to follow @purehavenllc and @nontoxceo on Instagram for helpful information about our non toxic products and our mission to protect families.


Chow, D. and Abou-Sabe, K. Ohio derailment: What chemicals spilled, and how could they affect residents? (nbcnews.com) (22 February 2023.)

Jacobo, J. Why the toxins from the Ohio train derailment could have posed deadly threats for residents nearby – ABC News (go.com) (9 February 2023.)

Jacobo, J. There were more toxic chemicals on train that derailed in Ohio than originally reported, data shows – ABC News (go.com) (13 February 2023.)

Muntean, P.; Yan, H.; Maxouris, C. Operator of train that derailed in Ohio, is ordered to meet with residents as chemical smell and health fears linger nearly 1 month after toxic wreck | CNN (2 March 2023.)

National Cancer Institute. Vinyl Chloride – Cancer-Causing Substances – NCI (3 November 2022.)