Many people feel that being green has a lot to do with their actions, such as using less water, turning off the lights, and recycling. However, it has a lot to do with the products you buy as well. Many items in your home may be harmful to the environment and you may not even known it!
Facial Cleansers With Microbeads
Microbeads are in many hygiene products such as facial cleansers, toothpaste and other cosmetics products. However, they are very harmful to the environment, and if you are not careful, also to your skin. The microbeads are mainly made of plastic, which adds pollution to waterways. In 2014, the state of Illinois was the first state to ban products that contained microbeads. Many other U.S. states are thinking about following suit.
Sadly, this one is a double edged sword as sunscreen is very necessary for your skin. However, it also has negative effects for the planet. A study done in 2008 by the Environmental Health Perspective showed that 4 ingredients in sunscreen contribute to coral bleaching. The study also estimates that 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen washes off in the ocean. However, there are eco-friendly sunscreens on the market.
Moisturizers With Palm Oil
Palm oil is a hugely popular product to use in moisturizers. It has been reported that palm oil helps heal sunburn, reduce stretch marks, and deeply moisturize skin. However, due to high demand of the product, manufacturers have adopted unsustainable practices. For example, oil palm plantations are guilty of deforestation, landscape fires and draining peatlands. Next time you’re shopping for a moisturizer, look for the labels that say sustainable palm oil.
Lip Balms Made From Petroleum
Many of the most popular lip balms, on the market today, are made from petroleum jelly. These lip balms may contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which cause high levels of toxicity in the environment. The European Union has banned all products that use petroleum jelly, until the manufacturer can show that it contains no carcinogens. Instead, look for lip balms with organic or natural ingredients.