Pretty In Green
From refreshingly eco-friendly armpits to natural hair conditioners
By replacing your mass produced hygiene products and investing in eco-friendly ones, you can make a positive impact on the environment, your family, and your wallet. Make sure to read more than the price tag of your hygiene products, as most are not biodegradable or handmade. Purchase products that are marked cruelty-free (not tested on animals), organic, eco-certified, and made out of recycled content. Also, look for products marked paraben-free. Parabens, similar to phthalates, have been reported by the Food and Drug Administration to cause tumors, hormone malfunction, and other health issues.
Follow the guidelines below to green your shopping list.
1. Make-up Galore
Most cosmetics can clog your pores and cause various skin irritations because they are petroleum based. Such make-up also negatively impacts the environment because it promotes the extraction of a non-renewable resource, petroleum or crude oil. Purchase items that are labeled organic, cruelty-free and petroleum-free. Organic products are made from plant materials and do not include pesticides, harsh chemicals, or preservatives. Let your eye-shadow reflect your respect for nature and wildlife.
2. Your pearly-whites
Popular toothpastes include fluoride, sweeteners, and artificial preservatives that give you that ‘ahh, fresh’ feeling. Artificial cleaning solutions are not only an empty investment, but they’re also bad for the environment. Chemicals can concentrate in your septic tank or local water source. Many environmentalists confirm that a little baking soda on the end of your toothbrush gets the job done just as in commercial toothpaste. If you prefer to use a store bought toothpaste look for one that is fluoride-free or lower in fluoride, especially for children, according to the American Dental Association). It is reported that a high dose of fluoride can discoloration, decay and can damage tooth enamel. In addition, shop for a paste with no artificial preservatives, sweeteners, coloring, or harsh abrasives. Most green toothpastes are organic and may contain interesting ingredients like seaweed extract, ginger, cinnamon, or even tea tree oil.
3. Feminine Products
There are numerous feminine product options available but the best ones are marked as 100% USDA Organic and contain the Leaping Bunny Logo which is used to identify various items as free of animal testing. Organic products do not include the bleaching agent dioxin, a known carcinogen and pollutant. If you are looking to eliminate packaging waste, reusable options are also available. You can get more knowledge on such products online and in local stores.
4. Care for your locks
Shampoos, hair conditioners, hair gels, and styling mousses haves been modified numerous ways to accommodate consumers’ desires. Currently, there are many natural and herbal products available. Avoid artificial waxes and protein-stripping enzymes when purchasing hair products. The best way to ensure that you are applying an all-natural product to your hair is by using homemade herbal recipes like henna or honey mixtures. When shopping, look for paraben-free, organic hair products that are made with fruits or vegetables.
Conventional deodorants are usually made in bulk and include aluminum, which prevents our sweat glands from producing perspiration by inducing cell inflammation. Studies show that such artificial inflammation can be bad for your health, so shop for aluminum-free products. In addition, handmade and vegan deodorant options are available in stores nationwide. Buying a biodegradable, natural deodorant will decrease your ecological footprint when the time comes to dispose of your antiperspirant.
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