Argh...can't breathe...air leaving lungs...(sound of me falling dead onto the floor and flailing about looking for attention)...
Guess that was a bad idea, eh? Because every single thing I touch, breathe, eat, hug, kiss, smell, taste, play, craft, and cuddle is made up of chemicals. The air I breathe (oxygen, nitrogen, and I'm sure a ton of farm soil as they till the fields around my house), the water I drink (hydrogen, oxygen, and a ton of fish pee!), the food I eat (too long a list to mention...but tons of various hydrocarbons, proteins, carbohydrates, and so on), and even my husband and adorable puppy are composed of various chemical compounds!
"Chemical" is not a bad word - it simply means something made up from elements, which means everything in the universe. You cannot have a "chemical-free" or "no chemicals" product because you cannot find anything on earth that is not composed of chemicals (I'm sure some people would argue light isn't composed of chemicals - I'm talking about substances you can hold in your hands!).
Why the rant today? Because twice this week I have encountered products claiming to be "chemical free" (in a pharmacy, no less!) or containing "no chemicals". And they get away without fear of contradiction because for some reason the word "chemical" means "bad".
If you're interested in learning more about chemistry from a great (Canadian) writer, then check out Joe Schwarcz's books on chemistry (available in fine bookstores and libraries everwhere). He makes them really understandable for everyone - I was reading them before I started studying chemistry seriously, and they are really enjoyable! Now we just have to get his radio show out here in B.C.!