Industries are clever beasts that really know how to play the game--the game of manipulation-- for the sole purpose of staying in business. But of course.Greenwashing is the latest fad of both the food industry and beauty industry. It is when companies leverage on people's desire to become more health conscious by creating products that appear to uphold the health and nutritional values people demand. As there is growing demand for plant based / plant derived and even eco-friendly products, companies do not want to change their brand and profit margin by redoing their formulas. or changing their sourcing. But nor do they want to lose their customers. So, they engage in greenwashing, which allows them to continue using their inexpensive synthetic and often toxic formulas with the minor addition of a plant derived ingredients and lots and lots of strategic marketing tactics. Think green, kraft and that little fruit tree.
I really do believe that ALL of us want to be healthy. But the problem is that not all are aware of where the poisons lurk, and not all can afford (either financially or time-wise) the commitment or the transition. That is why greenwashing is a twisted, manipulative way to cajole people into believing that they are making sound and reliable health choices when really they are not.
Despite the green claims many cosmetics, skincare and food companies make, be aware that many of the following ingredients are still lurking in those "natural" products, therefore, making them NOT GREEN, and NOT NATURAL!
Isopropyl Myristate is a synthetic oil used as an emollient. However, this synthetic ingredient dries the skin and hair and creates cracks and fissures in the skin, which encourage bacterial growth.
Found in: Lotions and cosmetics
Parabens (methyl-, propyl-, butyl-, ethyl-) are a class of preservatives derived from petroleum. Many have deemed these "safe after all" and continue using them despite the massive movement against these. Parabens mimic estrogen, disrupting the endocrine system. The endocrine system are glands that produce hormones that are responsible for regulating our metabolism, growth, and development, including tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, Though the FDA approves a safe amount of parabens, the issue is the cumulative effect of using multiple products containing this ingredient over a vast period of time. According to the Campaign for Safe cosmetics, parabens are linked to the rise of breast cancer. It is also known to cause contact dermatitis, skin irritation. It also reacts with UVB. (Source).
Found in: Lotions, cosmetics, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and 90% of pre-made food,
BHA –These are fat soluble compounds used to preserve oils by delaying oxidation. BHA accumulates in the body, retards cell development and affects the rate of DNA synthesis. It is also known for enlarging the liver. (Source)
Found in: Cosmetics, skincare, breakfast cereals, enriched rice products and even in instant Quaker oats!
Synthetic Fragrances are a cocktail of chemicals that are protected under patenting laws of the FDA. This means that Companies do not need to disclose what ingredients were used in their concoction. According to Mia Davis, organizing director of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, to create one fragrance, there can be hundreds of chemical ingredients.
Found in: Baby products, cosmetics, skincare, deodorants, laundry detergents & softeners, hair products, you name it.
Propolyne Glycol is a carrier for synthetic fragrance and also acts a vehicle for topical lotions. It is also used as an antifreeze in many food & beverages. A byproduct of fossil fuel, and made from a known carcinogen "propylene oxide". While this does not accumulate in the body, since it's processed within 48hrs, too much exposure can cause hives, allergic reactions, eczema. It can also cause damage to the central nervous system, the heart, and liver. When taken orally, it can cause neurological problems such as mental depression. (Source)
Found in: Cosmetics, baby wipes, and other synthetically scented baby products, toothpaste, processed foods, medication and skincare.
Benzophenone-3 – There are several suspected dangers associated with Benzophenone-3 or Oxybenzone. Despite its sun protective abilities, it has been shown to penetrate the skin and cause photo-sensitivity. As a photocarcinogen, it has demonstrated an increase in the production of harmful free radicals and an ability to attack our DNA cells. (Source)
European Commission Scientific Committee on Food and Health Safety.
Environmental Working Group
Campaign for Cosmetic Safety
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