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October 2016

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TO PINK OR NOT TO PINK?

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Photo courtesy of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

 

October is Breast Cancer awareness month.  I think it is wonderful to raise awareness/prevention education and to donate to a cause like breast cancer.  However, when brands/products contain the harmful ingredients that are actually linked to breast cancer then there is a problem.  This is why Breast Cancer Action invented the term pink washing as part of their Think Before You Pink Campaign.

Pinkwasher (noun)

A company or organization that claims to care about breast cancer by promoting a pink ribbon product, but at the same time produces with, manufactures and/or sells products that are linked to the disease.

This seems crazy, that companies trying to raise money for breast cancer actually contain chemicals/ingredients that may cause cancer or been linked to cancer.  What?!?!?  If you do by the products please be aware of what harmful, possibly cancer causing ingredients might be in those products.  Breast Cancer Fund wants consumers to ask questions like:

Does this purchase put you or someone you love at risk for exposure to toxins linked to breast cancer?  What is the company doing to ensure that its products are not contributing to the breast cancer epidemic?

In considering a pink ribbon purchase, does the product contain toxins or otherwise increase our risk of breast cancer?

These are great questions to ask prior to buying the product with the pink ribbon.  Just another reason why it is so important to know what ingredients are harmful and how to avoid them or make the decision that they are acceptable for you and your family.   So what can we do?  Demand safer products.  Plus, continue to check ingredients and also see resources like the October Shopping Guide by The Breast Cancer Fund that included brands/products that are safe and transparent about what is in their products (Beauty Counter, Dr. Brite, Tata Harper and more).

The Breast Cancer Fund campaign is also working to shift the focus from awareness to prevention and to stop the disease before it starts.

According to The Breast Cancer Fund, in just a generation we’ve witnessed a 40-percent increase in breast cancer, and we know that environmental factors like toxic chemical exposures have played a major role. The Breast Cancer Fund is working to eliminate our exposure to toxic chemicals linked to the disease so that fewer of us, our daughters and increasingly our sons will ever have to hear the words, “You have breast cancer.”

It would be a wonderful world if we could trust that every product on the market was safe with no toxic, cancer causing ingredients.  Especially, products with pink ribbons on them should be clean.  Until then, we need to continue to look into the ingredients and decide if the product is one that we are comfortable using for ourselves and our families.

XO

Green Passion Beauty

Resources and for more information on Breast Cancer awareness and prevention please see The Breast Cancer Fund, Campaign for Safe CosmeticsBreast Cancer Action

 

Legislation/Take Action

What can you do and how to Take Action

What can you do to ensure your products are safe to use for you and your family?

  • Education-first, educate yourself on what ingredients you should stay away from in beauty and personal care products.  Even if the product or someone says it is natural, organic, green please check the ingredient list.  I have purchased products that I thought were natural or didn’t contain toxic materials because of the claims they made and later found out their products had harmful ingredients in them.
  • Share information with your family and friends.  Just realize some people may not want to hear what you have to say.  I’ve talked to a few people that I was shocked by their responses (I won’t name any names).  I’ve heard things like “well everything can hurt you/causes cancer” or “it’s such a small amount of the ingredient it really doesn’t matter” or “I’m too old it doesn’t matter any more.”  My response?  I try to explain as much as I can but let them know it is their decision, but this is what I’m doing for me and my family.
  • Don’t buy toxic products.  There are so many safer, affordable options out there now.
    • How you spend your money is how you vote on what exists in the world~ Vicki Robin
  • Discuss your concerns about certain products with the company/manufacturer.  Email them, ask them questions on Instagram or social media.  Hopefully, the company/manufacturer will answer your question and be transparent about what ingredients are in their products.
  • Write to your senator, legislator about your concerns.

RESOURCES & HOW TO ACT FOR CHANGE

Here are some amazing resources and companies that are spearheading the way to make our products safer.  Please click on links to find out more information:

Breast Cancer Fund:  The Breast Cancer Fund works to connect the dots between breast cancer and exposures to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environments.  The Breast Cancer Fund works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics– The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics coalition, a project of the Breast Cancer Fund, works to protect the health of consumers, workers and the environment through public education and engagement, corporate accountability and sustainability campaigns and legislative advocacy designed to eliminate dangerous chemicals linked to adverse health impacts from cosmetics and personal care products.

Clean Beauty Revolution Au Naturale Cosmetics started the movement for the #cleanbeautyrevolution asking for stricter legislation.  Specifically, they are asking law makers to make cosmetics safe by creating the Clean Beauty Standard that will protect consumers against harsh chemicals, beginning with required ingredient transparency. This means clear and accountable labelling of all cosmetic products.  You can also read my post about it here.

EWG The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit organization.   The EWG’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education to drive consumer choice and civic action.

Made Safe is a non-profit organization that provides America’s first comprehensive human health-focused certification for nontoxic products across store aisles, from baby to personal care to household and beyond. Their goal is to change the way products are made in this country to ultimately eliminate the use of toxic chemicals altogether.

Think Dirty is a mobile application “Think Dirty® app is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. Just scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product, its ingredients, and shop cleaner options!”

These are just some of the references I use when researching ingredients/products and I will add more as the green beauty community movement continues.

XO

Green Passion Beauty

References:  Information from resources/companies from their websites, please see links above for details.

 

 

 

 

Product Reviews

KISS ME I’M NONTOXIC MAIYET & TATA HARPER

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KISS ME I’M NONTOXIC T SHIRT- MAIYET & TATA HARPER COLLOBARATION

What’s not to love about this 100% organic, T-shirt colloboration to support the Breast Cancer Fund and their project, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.  This is an exclusive, limited edition Tee made in the US.

With every purchase of the limited edition T-shirt Tata Harper will donate $30 to the Breast Cancer Fund’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, raising awareness about harmful ingredients in personal care products and advocating for legislation that protects our health.

This T-shirt is ultra soft and so adorable on.   It has a scoop neck and back making it a chic T-shirt.  I love wearing my Kiss Me I’m Non-toxic shirt with jeans, shorts or a skirt.  Who knew a T-shirt could be so sexy and with a mission to spread the word about safe products.

Below is the card that came with the T-shirt.  The front is the beautiful founder Tata Harper wearing the T-shirt and the back has information about how to get involved.

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When the limited edition shirt first came out, Tata Harper also donated an additional $1 for every post on social media featuring the shirt or Tata Harper products using #kissmeimnontoxic, up to $10,ooo.  Love it and believe me I used that hashtag as much as I could without being too annoying!

Bottom Line

I love this shirt, the mission behind it and Tata Harper.  This luxury limited edition T-shirt is still available at Tata Harper for $85.   Hopefully, one day all of our products will be safe and not cause/contribute to cancer.  Until then I can’t wait to see more amazing collaborations to continue to spread the word about harmful ingredients and where proceeds go to advocates that are trying to protect our health, like the Breast Cancer Fund and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Xo

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  Green Passion Beauty purchased this product, all opinions are my own]

Disclaimer/Disclosure, Product Reviews

JORD WOOD WATCH

JORD FRANKIE 35 DARK SANDALWOOD AND MINT WATCH

Hello gorgeous JORD wood watch.  Seriously, I can’t believe how beautiful this watch is.  JORD sent this watch to me to try and I’m loving it.   I forgot how much I adore wearing a watch.  JORD watches are made out of wood from around the world and from recycled furniture remnants.  My green beauty path has made me more aware of everything, from what I wear, eat, clean with, and ultimately buy.   Like this watch, it was important to me that the wood JORD used was eco-conscious and they aren’t cutting down trees to make these beauties.  Plus this is more than a watch, it is a statement piece, jewelry and a timepiece all in one.

JORD FRANKIE 35 DARK SANDALWOOD AND MINT WATCH

JORD

JORD is run by artists, designers, marketers, and minders.   They are focused on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle. They value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living.   The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.

JORD FRANKIE 35 DARK SANDALWOOD AND MINT WATCH

I have the Dark Sandalwood & Mint- Frankie 35 Series, which is so pretty, lightweight, easy to take on/off, and goes with everything.   The pop of mint color on the face with gold hardware gives it a feminine look against the dark wood.  Not only is the watch beautiful, it arrived in the etched wooden box and the watch was wrapped around a burlap pillow.  I really like all the details.  Everything about the watch to the packaging is luxurious.

I haven’t worn a watch for years and forgot how much I missed the feel against my wrist and seeing the movement of the hands.  I really love the quality, design, and that JORD watches are eco-friendly.

JORD FRANKIE 35 DARK SANDALWOOD AND MINT WATCH

 I like to wear my JORD wood watch loose-worn alone or with some bracelets.

JORD FRANKIE 35 DARK SANDALWOOD AND MINT WATCH

JORD FRANKIE 35 DARK SANDALWOOD AND MINT WATCH

JORD FRANKIE 35 DARK SANDALWOOD AND MINT WATCH

CONTEST

I’m so excited that I’ve teamed up with JORD for a fabulous CONTEST- The Contest winner gets a $75 e-gift code to their shop where you can pick out your own stunning watch style.  The winner will be automatically selected and emailed.  Plus everyone wins, just for entering you will receive a $20 e-gift code automatically.   This is so great because they have fabulous men’s and women’s watches that would be great gifts for that special someone or a gift for you.  Just click here to enter the contest.  The contest ends November 13, 2016.  Good luck and check out their beautiful unique eco-conscious wood watches.

XO

Green Passion Beauty

**THIS POST WAS SPONSORED BY JORD WOOD WATCHES, I received this watch from JORD WOOD WATCHES, all opinions are my own