What Environmental Risks Do Your Health And Beauty Practices Have?

By   December 26, 2016

Did you know that the manufacturing of health and beauty products can have an effect on our environment? Even with the products marked “all natural” on the label, there are risks that we should be concerned about.

By adding some natural substances to any product with the chemicals, a company can legally label their product as “all natural”.

It increases their sales as they sell mass quantities of these health and beauty products.

What also increases is the demand on farming and mining the land which increases the use of chemicals and pesticides. These unsustainable methods usually use our natural resources that are not renewable and then the ecosystem is disrupted.

If you are concerned about being a “green” person, read the labeling on your health and beauty products. If it says it is 100% all natural, you want to make sure what they have is in fact, 100% all natural. The practices by these companies utilize may or may not damage the environment. Do your research.

The Packaging

The amount of plastic filling up landfills is growing more and more each day. Choose the health and beauty products come in packaging that is environmentally safe. Make sure the plastic is recyclable or made from recycled material. It can take hundreds of years for some plastics to break down once they get in the landfill. When possible, buy health and beauty products that come in glass or recycled bottles and jars with minimal packaging.

Don’t Pollute

Health and beauty products often contain chemical substances that do not break down. As such, they simply accumulate in the ecosystem and poison the planet as they are washed down the drains. From the drain, they get into our lakes, rivers, and public water system. Some of the worst chemicals are:

  • P-phenylenediamine, found in hair dye and lipstick is derived from coal tar. It kills aquatic species and animal plankton.
  • Preservatives made from BHA and BHT, synthetic antioxidants, found in lipstick and moisturizers. These kill fish and causes mutations in amphibians.
  • Dioxane, an endocrine disruptive chemical which contaminates other ingredients. It is found in cream health and beauty products like bubble bath and shampoo. It can be removed but it is a costly process that companies choose to avoid.
  • Dibutyl phthalate , a plasticizer that is used in nail polish as well as PVC pipes. It has harmful effects on aquatic species and causes mutations in amphibians as well as alters the behavior in fish. It can decimate and complete ecosystem in large amounts.

When these items and other chemicals are allowed in the water cycle, it affects everyone and everything. Chemicals from health and beauty products are found in our lakes, oceans, rivers, and public water supply as well as agricultural soil. Even our household dust has been found to show these chemicals.