Use Me! Creatively Conscious Haircare wants our consumers “to look good, feel good, to do good . . . for yourself and the planet”. While creating a line of professional haircare made of natural ingredients that actually “work”, help you look and feel good, we discovered that what we put in the bottles of Use Me was only as good as the bottles that hold it. Many of us drink from safe plastic or metal water bottles, but do we really need to worry about the bottles or containers that our everyday personal care products like shampoos, conditioners, or lotions are in? The answer is yes. Just like our drinking water, other beverages, and food items need to be in containers free of potentially dangerous chemicals, our personal care products need to be too. We’ve included information on the most widely used chemical in plastics, BPA or bisphenol A, how it migrates from plastic containers into the contents they hold and it’s harmful effects.
“You’ve been out — working, exercising, shopping. You open the car door and slip into the ovenlike interior. Throat dry, you reach for the water bottle that’s been sitting in the cup holder all day. It’s warm. But at least it’s water, right? Water, yes, albeit water potentially spiked with chemicals that migrated out of the plastic — chemicals that aren’t good for your health.” -( http://www.motherearthnews.com/Natural-Health/Safe-Plastics-Endocrine-Disruptors-BPA.aspx#ixzz1YhKvDwC6 ) The over heated water bottle is a great example of how chemicals such a BPA, a known endocrine and hormone disruptor, can leach into the contents of the plastic bottle that holds it. The contents may be water, other beverages, various foods, or personal care items like shampoo and conditioner. Think of your hot, steamy shower like that car sat in the sun. Just as potentially harmful chemicals can leach into the food and beverage in over heated plastic containers, they can also migrate into your favorite shampoo. Studies have proven that BPA can be absorbed into the blood stream and vital organs through skin absorption and can even be inhaled. “The problem is that BPA migrates from the plastic into neighboring substances such as food, water and saliva. Heat, contact with acidic (think vinegar or soda) and alkaline (think baking soda) substances, and repeated washing of polycarbonate plastics accelerate the process. BPA also leaches into groundwater from plastics piled in landfills. Although most of our intake is dietary, BPA can also be inhaled, and can move across the skin into our blood by means of bath water.” – (Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things (Counterpoint Press 2010), by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie)
Scientific studies have linked the chemicals like BPA to hormonal problems and reproductive health issues, among other problems. A recent study done at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco shows that BPA and methylparaben have a triggering effect when it comes to cancer and can interfere with the effectiveness of drugs used to fight breast cancer. Researchers took noncancerous breast cells from high-risk patients, grew them in a laboratory and found that once the cells were exposed to BPA and methylparaben, they started behaving like cancer cells. Clinical research scientists also found that the cells exposed to BPA and methylparaben were resistant to drugs drugs designed to treat or prevent cancer. – (Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, 9/13/2011 – http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/13/MN2U1L2ERJ.DTL&tsp=1 )
Breast cancer rates have been growing by about the same amount in men as in women over the past 30 years and the latest scientific research on endocrine and hormone disruptors has given us a lot of good reasons to think carefully about how we use plastics that contain potentially harmful chemicals. Use Me is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our consumers and planet and therefore is committed to the use of safe packaging for all of our products.
Recommended websites, blogs, & books
A blog declaring that “environmental consciousness doesn’t have to mean granola, that style and sustainability belong in the same sentence, and that an eco-friendly lifestyle can be both ethically satisfying and fashionably fun.”
The famous single mom and thorn-in-industry’s side has her own blog, with information on toxins, raising healthy kids and a healthy dose of shameless self-promotion.
The Body Toxic: How the Hazardous Chemistry of Everyday Things Threatens our Health and Well-Being (North Point Press 2008), by Nena Baker.
Investigative journalist Nena Baker explores the chemicals getting into our bodies, the everyday products that deliver the chemicals and the government policies that allow these potentially harmful products to be sold.
Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power (Chelsea Green Publishing 2007), by Mark Schapiro.
Exposed shows that, short of strong government intervention, America will lose whatever claim it has to commercial supremacy. Increasingly, its products are equated with serious health hazards.
Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (New Society Publishers 2007), by Stacy Malkan.
This inside story of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, written by Campaign co-founder Stacy Malkan, received a 2008 Silver Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Poisoned Profits: The Toxic Assault on our Children (Random House 2008), by Phillip Shabecoff and Alice Shabecoff.
In this shocking and sobering book, journalists Alice Shabecoff and Philip Shabecoff directly and definitively link industrial toxins to the current rise in childhood disease and death. This is an eye-opening account of a country that prizes money over children’s health.
The Secret History of the War on Cancer (Basic Books 2007), by Devra Davis.
Dr. Davis shows how the War on Cancer has targeted the disease and left off the table the things that cause it — tobacco, alcohol, the workplace and other environmental hazards.
Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things (Counterpoint Press 2010), by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie.
For four days, these authors ingested and inhaled a host of chemicals via everyday products like cosmetics. The book — the testimony of their experience — exposes the extent to which we are poisoned every day of our lives, from the simple household dust that is polluting our blood to the toxins in our urine from run-of-the-mill shampoos and toothpaste.