Thursday, November 27, 2008

Skin Deep

I have written numerous posts about toxins that are in our bubble and around us in everyday household products. Yes, the classic BPA bottles, formaldehyde in our Orbit gum, and even how Teflon is associated with PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls).
But ever stop and wonder what you put on your skin?

Think about your manly Gillette shaving cream for sensitive skin or your Revoln Colorstay lipstick? You actually think these personal care products are safe? I did, until I reviewed their toxicity levels now available at Skin Deep, a free, online database provided by the Environmental Working Group which document toxins in our hair, skin, makeup, and personal care products.
Yes, they have men and women's products available for review (by brand, by type, etc.) These toxics, while deadly and crazy scary are fairly easy to determine through a red, yellow and green color coding system. The brand reports commonly explain how the basic ingredients used in your product of choice impact Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Persistence and bioaccumulation. Scary shit!

Skin Deep also helps fuel the nationwide Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of public health, educational, labor, womens, environmental and consumer groups working to protect the health of consumers and workers by requiring the health and beauty industry to phase out the use of dangerous chemicals and replace them with safer alternatives. Let's just say that Loreal, Revlon, Avon and few others weren't every happy about this campaign. Through the Campaign, as of May 2007 over 500 companies have joined the effort by signing the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. Environmental Working Group is a founding partner of the Campaign.

You can read more about these public cases in a book, "The Body Toxic" by Nena Baker.


Aviva said...

Great post. I hadn't heard of The Body Toxic, but I definitely want to read it now.

By the way, The Birds and the PCBs is back. Check out my 2009 eco-resolutions:

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