Personal Care Not Looking Good For Environment

by Nellie J

As we go about our daily lives, washing, moisturising, shaving and shampooing ourselves, spare a thought to what happens to all of those personal care products as they gurgle their way down the drain.


In an ongoing study, researchers from several nations have raised concerns that our need to look good and stay clean is having a not so good impact on the environment.

All of the chemicals and plastics used in the personal care products and fragrances that we liberally splash about our bodies, eventually make their way into the water ways… The research has shown.

Personal care, not such a good look for the environment.

During the past 20 years, researchers and regulators have been particularly concerned about the potential effects of chemicals used in personal care products and pharmaceuticals, and the possible risks posed by these products to people and the environment.

A major international review, headed by scientists from the University of York, attempted to understand the effects of personal care products like perfumes, soaps, cosmetics, deodorants and toothpastes (PPCPs) and also the impact of pharmaceuticals on the natural ecology.

After using these products, these substances are usually introduced into the sewer system, from where they reach the soils, aquifers and rivers. In fact, numerous PPCPs have been found to be present in the environment throughout the globe. Although the concentration of these substances is low, several people have been concerned that such substances can impact the environment and could also reach into drinking water supplies and this scenario may result from the biological activity of these substances.

Scientists from the Environment Department of the University of York are working with industry, government and academic colleagues in Canada, USA, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Argentina and South Korea and they have found out the major problems related to the impact on environment and human so that future resources will be targeted on primary areas. The study has appeared in Environmental Health Perspectives.

Source: Azocleantech

Shaving the Planet?

Growing a beard could be the next fashion?

As we shave away our unwanted body and facial hair we never really give much thought to the amount of resources that are used to achieve our look.

It is estimated that a mere 6 billion tons of materials are consumed each year in the process of manufacturing, packaging and transporting our shavers.

Most of the disposable shavers end up as land fill.

Here is a list of some of the chemicals that appear in an average shaving product:

Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Butane, Isobutane, Laureth-23, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propane, Parfum, Sodium benzoate, Hydroxythylcellulose, Lauryl alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, Irish moss, Dimethicone PEG/PPG-20/23 benzoate, DMDM Hydantoin, Coceth-7, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol ether, PEG-40 Hydrogenated castor oil, BHT, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate.

Personal care products that we use every day in our modern world are just another item to add to the litany of things that we as humans don’t even think about, that could be having an impact on our planet.

Looking good and smelling great, without that unsightly body hair, could become our next sacrifice in the ongoing war against our own demise.

Would you grow a beard or have hairy under arms to save your planet if push comes to shove? See the clip in the top right corner of this post!

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