The environmental impact of vinyl on the planet is one of the music industry’s (many) dirty little secrets. Last year alone over 4 million new vinyl records were purchased, and considering the average LP weighs about 135g, that means that over 550 tonnes of our favourite black plastic – with all its associated energy and environmental costs entered into the market at a time when we should all be thinking about reducing our carbon (and plastic) footprints.
According to the Environmental Working Group, the average fragrance has 14 chemicals that are not featured on the label. Rather than listing out the specific chemicals, companies can simply include “fragrance” as an ingredient, thanks to an FDA loophole that makes it legal.
It’s tough to know exactly which chemicals are hidden in each formula, but any scented product likely includes phthalates. The petroleum-based chemical keeps all the elements in a perfume evenly distributed, but the troubling concern is that one in particular, diethyl phthalate, has been shown to disrupt certain hormones.
Other studies have linked phthalates to liver and breast cancer. It’s unclear how much is too much, but rubbing perfume onto skin daily allows these chemicals to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Other troubling chemicals include octoxynols and nonoxynols. These can also result in hormonal problems. In addition to perfumes, these chemicals can be found in facial cleansers, aftershave, astringents, hair color, and acne treatment.
The European Union plus several countries, including Canada and Japan, have banned phthalates, yet the chemical remains legal in the U.S.
No matter how substantial the swap, each change you make to reduce single-use plastic can have a positive impact on the environment.
*Remember always to use up what you already have at home, don’t run buying something you don’t really need. Part of the zero-waste movement is to avoid consumerism, not to support it 😉
Read on to learn how to start your journey to a zero-waste home!
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Our time, energy, and focus are all finite resources that we choose to spend according to our priorities on any given day. But if we take a long-term approach to that spending, we can maximize our benefits and invest those resources in ourselves and our futures.
Here are 22 research-backed ways that you can invest now in your future wellbeing.
Living an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t stop at certain tasks, it can be applied to every situation. If you’ve moved before, you know that moving requires a lot of materials. But there are ways to protect be conscious of the environment throughout the moving process without adding additional stress. The average American moves 11 times in their lifetime, which makes it all the more important to adapt a greener moving process. That’s why we created a guide to help you along the way. Let’s get started.
Not only can face masks alleviate skin problems, but they can also double as a stress reliever during a long, hard week. While a trip to the spa is a nice treat, too many facial appointments can leave your wallet empty and your skin longing for more. For a quick, healthy, and cost-effective mask, go the DIY route by turning to ingredients you already have in your pantry and refrigerator.
The benefit of making your own mask is that you can control what goes in the mixing bowl and learn what works best for your skin. Masks are most beneficial when you use active ingredients that target specific skin needs.