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World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms:
Linking volunteers with organic farms and growers

Adventure-seekers for a good cause and to support the organic movement – check this organization out!

Peace, love, and nature.


Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

Continuing my observations from my last entry, I was linked to another site through my research initiated by Story of Stuff. The author’s friend, Stacy Malkan, has written a book called “Not Just a Pretty Face” and it is dedicated to exposing the Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry. Apparently, companies are not required by law to list all possible hazardous processes involved in production of cosmetic products. They justify this by saying we don’t actually ingest their products and hence don’t need to worry about slathering potential carcinogens and other nasty byproducts onto our hair, skin and lips. Yeah, I feel much better about that!

Anyway, according to the Not Just a Pretty Face blog written by the book’s author herself, even organic companies are take part in these charges. Man-made carcinogens are introduced to cosmetic products and no one is held accountable! She writes, “The Organic Consumers Association and author David Steinman shook up (and hopefully shook awake) the natural products industry with their report that 46 out of 100 brands of ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ body care products contained 1,4 dioxane, a probable human carcinogen that is the byproduct of a nasty petrochemical process involving the known breast carcinogen ethylene oxide.”

Another threat is the use of mercury and lead in personal care products. Both are well-known toxins, the latter of which has been denounced for its use in number two pencils. So it has been recognized because it is so harmful to kids, who may accidentally ingest it, but it is still being put into lipsticks. According to a comment to this entry, when confronted about this trend, an organic company has claimed that this is due to the fact that some of their organic earth minerals naturally contain trace amounts of lead. L’Oreal, which makes 6 of the top 11 most contaminated lipsticks according to the site, is shirking the responsibility of cleaning up their act. It even defends this production due to the fact that there are no FDA regulations prohibiting the process. So if lead is so harmful by ingestion to kids, how do these companies justify their ingestion by women of child-bearing age, who put the toxins right on their lips?

The blog also discusses the nationwide effort to make breast feeding safe, because breast milk samples were found to contain perchorate, a component of rocket fuel. Making Our Milk Safe, MOMS, is dedicated to preventing breast cancer at Safemilk.org. If you are interested, check out more info on Cosmetic Database and on Not Just a Pretty Face.

What are we really putting in our hair?

All of us are (hopefully) always aware of our hygiene, and would naturally want the best products to achieve these means. If you didn’t notice, I am generally concerned about health issues whether it’s regarding what we eat, what we breathe or what we use or even do on a daily basis.

While browsing around on the last site that interested me, that same Story of Stuff I was writing about last time, I found a bunch of links that the author has composed to help us start to treat ourselves and the environment better. The author has her own blog on the site, and her posts cover a variety of subjects that interested me. One in particular, which can be read here, lists suggestions on how to prevent the adverse effects of the capitalism system we have developed, and how to make the earth and ourselves better.

One of the most interesting links I found on the site though, is the Cosmetic Database. This has been developed by the Environmental Working Group to promote consumer awareness of products we use for hygiene, etc. It is basically a database of companies and their products, which can be searched and cross referenced by concerned potential customers. Whether you use hair products such as shampoo, hair dye, and gel, or cosmetics such as facial cream and lipstick, this site may be beneficial for you. A lot of these products don’t have any warnings on the label about their hazardous potential effects due to the methods of their production, simply because the FDA doesn’t require these warnings. Can you believe that? I was shocked to find out even that a lot of the so-called “organic” products may have additives that can harm us. Anyway, if you are interested, visit the site, type in the products that you use and they will be rated on a scale 1-10 based on how safe they are for use.