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the story of stuff project


Wednesday, June 08, 2011 by

I've been following the Story of Stuff Project, which has been really eye opening about various products and the means of their production.  I like to think that I am fairly aware of what is going on in our world, and my family and myself are passionate recyclers and believers in protecting the Earth the best we can.  

The Story of Stuff Project is a series of videos that explain all the damaging effects that our "stuff" has on our planet.  In particular, the Story of Stuff video on cosmetics has intrigued me.

It scares me to think of all of the unnatural, and hazardous materials that are going into products that are not only sitting on, but seeping in our skin.  It can be overwhelming in the cosmetic and hair product isle's in stores, especially when we're faced with ingredients that we don't even understand.  My husband is a biologist and luckily he understands a lot of the scientific terms of the ingredients, but it worries me when he cannot even tell what they are!  We all have products that we turn to, whether it's because they work well for us, or because the price tag is right!  Even the natural ingredients on labels can be in their scientific terms, so how can we tell which to trust!?

There is a great website, EWG's Skin Deep, which lists more that 65,000 products for you to search, and will tell you the health concerns for the ingredients like the overall hazard, cancer, developmental & reproductive toxicity, allergies & immunotoxity, and use restrictions, as well as telling you the overall score of risk.  Products range from Makeup, Nails, Fragrance, etc. including baby and kid's products.

Get involved in The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, get informed, and even get crafty with some easy DIY recipes for makeup, shampoo, deodarant, etc.

Help save our planet and your health!


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