5 Toxic Skincare Ingredients to Avoid

5 Toxic Skincare Ingredients to Avoid

Green Living, Misc, Skin Care
We all want younger-looking, healthy skin. But at what cost? According to the Environmental Working Group, the average adult uses 9 personal care products each day, with 126 unique chemical ingredients, many of which are toxic. We’ll show you 5 toxic skincare ingredients to avoid and why. Butylated Compounds (BHA & BHT) BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are used as preservatives in a wide variety of cosmetics and personal care products, including  moisturizers, lipsticks, eyeliners, eyeshadows, blushes, face powders and foundations.   Both BHA and BHT act as a synthetic antioxidant, slowing down deterioration caused by chemical reactions with oxygen. Note that BHA - butylated hydroxyanisole - should not be confused with beta hydroxy acids, which can also be abbreviated on labels as BHA. How’s that for confusing?…
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Sustainability Issues in the Fashion Industry

Sustainability Issues in the Fashion Industry

Green Living
There are many sustainability issues in the fashion industry with the rise of fast fashion. Now the second largest polluter in the world - just after the oil industry - it’s time for the fashion industry to take a serious look at its impact on the environment. The Use and Abuse of Water Fashion has a large water footprint, due mainly to its dependence on cotton. Cotton plants are amazingly thirsty. On average it takes about 2,720 liters of water to produce one T-shirt. In India, the water consumed to grow cotton exports in 2013 would be enough to supply 85% of the country’s 1.24 billion people with 26 gallons of water every day for a year. Meanwhile, more than 100 million people in India do not have access to…
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What’s In My Hair Care Products? 5 Common Ingredients We Can Probably Do Without

What’s In My Hair Care Products? 5 Common Ingredients We Can Probably Do Without

Hair Care
When was the last time you read through the ingredient label on your hair care products? When it comes to hair care labels, much like food labels, the simpler the ingredient list, the better. If you’re looking for hair care products with safe and healthy ingredients for yourself and your family, it’s time to understand what’s really inside those bottles. Let’s take a look at five common additives that you can probably do without.   1. Parabens Since the 1950s, parabens have been commonly used as a preservative in hair care and cosmetics. Their benefit is that they prevent the growth of bacteria and some promote hair growth. The problem is that they can also act as an “endocrine disruptor” in the body. Research has linked parabens to breast tumors…
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