Campaign for safer cosmetics, shampoos and products

Campaign for safer cosmetics, shampoos and products

This story is also somewhat personal and it is not just about cosmetics, it’s also about shampoos, soaps and everyday products. Yes eco friend, products used by all members of our families. Many of these – off the shelf – body products contain industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, plasticizers, and degreasers.

When you live in a dry climate like I do, face and body creams become a necessity. Unfortunately I have developed a sensitivity to creams and cosmetics. Every time I try a new face cream or put a bit of makeup on, my eyes either feel really dry or they sting. Use nothing and the dryness becomes unbearable.

A few years ago I asked my eye doctor about the stinging. His answer was “because your eyes lose moisture as you get older”. I went along with this and tried the drops he prescribed for me. It was only after my normal face cream was unavailable and I tried another, that I realized that it might be the cream… Age is not the problem, it is the chemicals in the products I have been using.

As I continue my research, I have discovered that our supermarkets, department and drug stores are selling products that on their own might only have a tiny bit of toxins, but these can accumulate when you use more than one product or use the same ones day after day.

David Suzuki writes in www.straight.com titled “Harmful chemicals can hide in cosmetics”

We don’t usually think of our cosmetics as a source of pollution. But U.S. researchers found that one eighth of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal-care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, plasticizers, and degreasers.

Take a look at the ingredient list on your bottle of shampoo or hand lotion. Most of us would have a hard time identifying which chemicals in the typically long list of ingredients may be harmful to human health or the environment.

Chances are your personal-care products contain “fragrance” or “perfume”—often the last item on the ingredient list. Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets so manufacturers don’t have to disclose the chemicals they include. More than 3,000 chemicals are used to create “fragrances”, usually in complex mixtures. Up to 80 percent of these have never been tested to see whether they are toxic to humans.

In the Story of Cosmetics below, tells us that nearly 500 products sold in the US contain ingredients banned in cosmetics in Japan, Canada or the European Union. The Campaign for Safer Cosmetics tell us that the cosmetic companies are using an old model and there are better ingredients companies should be offering. Here is a great video with this important story:

Become more aware of what’s in the products you use and switching to products that don’t contain harmful ingredients. Further, If a product contains ingredients you don’t understand write the manufacturer to ask. If they won’t answer then they have given you another reason to switch.

For additional information visit:
www.davidsuzuki.org
www.ewg.org
www.safecosmetics.org

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