A special Earth Day message from Gillian Deacon
Earth day shouldn't just be an annual tip of the hat to greener living. This year, make it the day you recalibrate your everyday patterns to be more earth-friendly all year long.
You don't have to be a treehugger to care about avoiding toxins in your everyday bodycare. Synthetic chemicals in personal care products contaminating groundwater and wildlife is alarming enough—but they’re also contaminating us. Those hard-to-read ingredients you squint at on the back of a product label? They’re building up inside your body and in your children’s bodies—on Earth Day and everyday.
Make today the day you start paying attention to that fine print. Turn a product over and read the ingredients label before you are seduced by the “green” imaging on the package. The good news is, there are lots of safer products on the market.
Good luck and I hope you’ll check out There’s Lead in Your Lipstick for more ideas on how to clean up your act!
Researchers in Finland tested eighty-eight colours from twenty-five brands and found forty-nine eyeshadows contained lead, cobalt, nickel, chromium, and arsenic. Eyeshadows also often contain petrochemicals, such as mineral oil, dimethicone to make the powder stick to the eyelid, and a binding agent like methacrylate, which in addition to being a strong skin irritant is also a contributor to 1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen. Glitter eyeshadows use pure aluminum to create the shimmery effect; the aluminum can migrate into the eye and cause injury to the cornea.
From There’s Lead in Your Lipstick by Gillian Deacon (Penguin Canada). Copyright © Backbone Inc. FSO Gillian Deacon, 2011
Thank you for this informative post, Gillian!
Bronwyn, from Penguin Canada, is graciously providing a giveaway prize pack to one lucky Canadian reader in honour of Earth Day.
Thank you, Bronwyn!
The prize details?
One prize pack of There’s Lead In Your Lipstick and an Eco Kiss kit from Saffron Rouge (http://www.saffronrouge.com/babybearshop/eco-kiss-kit). The retail value total is approx CDN $48.95.
Giveaway is available to Canadian residents only.
Giveaway will end April 26, 2011.
Please fill out THIS FORM to enter.
Comments, while appreciated, will not be counted as entries.