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What are Parabens?
Fact: parabens are in 85% of personal care products, including deodorant, toothpaste, hair care–and other products you likely use every single day. But what are parabens, why are they bad, and how can you avoid them? In this blog, written by the folks at EarthHero , they’ll break down the history of parabens–starting with their historic usage as an anti-bacterial agent to extend the life of everyday products, to the potential impact of these chemicals on your health (and our planet!)
To put it simply, a paraben is any group of synthetic compounds that are used as a preservative in a product containing water (which happens to include most processed foods, and personal care products!) That also means that parabens can hide in your products under a whole slew of hard-to-read names–from methylparaben to isobutylparaben, and many more. But by learning about what these chemicals are, the impact they can have on your body, and how to avoid them, you can protect yourself from the dangers of parabens. Read more about this chemical on EarthHero’s Simply Sustainable Blog: What are Parabens?
Silicone: The Plastic Alternative
When plastic was invented back in 1907, it quickly became used anywhere and everywhere–becoming a consumer favorite due to its flexible, durable nature–and low price. But in recent years, studies on the impact of traditional plastics have revealed a much darker truth, linking plastics to major pollution issues, human health impacts, and other long-term effects. All of these issues have led to the promotion of silicone, a non-plastic alternative that’s both non-toxic and extremely durable.
On EarthHero’s blog, you can read about how it’s made (hint: it involves sand!), how it can be used, and why it’s giving traditional plastics a run for their money. Plus, learn about tons of awesome products that are using silicone to make truly sustainable products. Check it out on EarthHero’s Simply Sustainable Blog: Silicone: The Plastic Alternative
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Hazel Henderson is the founder of Ethical Markets Media, LLC and the creator and co-executive Producer of its TV series. She is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author of The Axiom and Nautilus award-winning book Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy (2006) and eight other books. She co-edited, with Harlan Cleveland and Inge Kaul, The UN: Policy and Financing Alternatives, Elsevier Scientific, UK 1995 (US edition, 1996), and co-authored with Japanese Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda, Planetary Citizenship (2004)… Link to MOOC (Educational & Training site) www.ethicalmarketsexploratorium.com
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