Why ‘clean’ beauty?
While tons of us have caught onto clean eating and cutting harmful, toxic ingredients out of our diets, not many people realize most of our readily available beauty products + even clothing contain equally damaging ingredients for our health. Mainstream brands often contain ingredients like Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, a known endocrine disruptor which can lead to allergies and even breast cancer; synthetic dyes which are class 3 carcinogens that absorb into the skin; plastics like Polyethylene and Propylene Glycol (PG); parabens + phthalates, which are often not listed on product labels… the list goes on. We absorb approximately 60% of what we put onto our skin, so it is important to cut the crap out of our routines + treat our bodies right!
Do the labels even mean anything?
To be clear, labels like organic, natural, green, eco and non-toxic do not have any legal standards and can often be misused for ‘greenwashing’. What you can do is pay attention to ingredients – the fewer and simpler the better! The Skin Deep database is a great resource that can tell you where products sit on the toxic range (try and stay between 0-2). There are great curated shops out there who have done all the hard work for us, providing only the cleanest + high quality products on the market – I have provided a list here!
Where does fashion fit in?
The world consumes approx. 80 billion new pieces of clothing a year… the average american generates 82 pounds of textile waste a year… this all adds up to over 11 million tons of waste from the US alone. The textile industry is one of the biggest contributors to pollution today, not to mention the blatant human rights abuses against workers in the textile industry. These 40 million garment workers do not share the same rights or protections that we do and they are some of the lowest paid working people in the world. Lastly, the chemicals used to grow cotton and other materials for our fast fashion can also impact our health directly (absorbing into our skin) and indirectly (cotton growing regions exposed to massive amounts of chemicals). Tackling the fast fashion trend means tackling our most pressing issues like climate change and human rights.