The high environmental cost of popular holiday gifts

December 24, 2020 by  
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As we scramble around gathering up last-minute Christmas gifts, we often worry more about hurting somebody’s feelings if we don’t get them something compared to how much we consider that gift’s impact on the environment. But the societal pressure of all this gift-giving has many bad consequences for the planet. The top 10 types of Christmas gifts given in the U.K., in order, are: clothes and shoes, food and drink, health and beauty products, toys and games, books, jewelry, vouchers, music, movies and computers. Each of these items has its impact on the environment. Related: 10 eco-friendly holiday gift ideas for friends Pajamas are one of the most popular holiday presents. Many gift-givers and recipients would be shocked to find out that those cute cotton pajamas took 20,000 liters of water to produce — enough water to keep a U.K. household of two running for 2.5 months. Then there’s the pesticides . While cotton only represents 2.4% of the world’s croplands, about 24% of the world’s insecticides and 11% of pesticides are used for growing this crop. About half of the usable cotton ends up as waste product. Then, consider health and beauty products. Half a million animals die every year in makeup and toiletry tests . When it comes to packaging, those little plastic containers can take a millennium to break down. So what are we to do if we don’t want to be the Grinch around Christmas? Be a little choosier. Think of a gift the recipient will actually use, preferably for a long time. When possible, buy secondhand. Do a little research — at least read the labels or look at the company website — to ensure that ingredients are vegan and sustainably sourced. If this is too much work, shop where somebody else has already done the research for you, such as Shop Like You Give a Damn . Maybe it’s too late this year, and your presents are already wrapped and under the Christmas tree, or you already exchanged them at Hanukkah or on the solstice. But there’s always next year, and the many holidays, birthdays and other occasions in between. Each gift is a choice; choose wisely. Image via Kari Shea

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50 DIY Natural Handmade Beauty Products That Make Great Gifts

May 4, 2020 by  
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Are you shopping for a Mother’s Day gift? Or Father’s … The post 50 DIY Natural Handmade Beauty Products That Make Great Gifts appeared first on Earth911.com.

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DIY Women’s Personal Care Products

March 5, 2020 by  
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Sephora’s safer ingredient announcement is more than skin deep — here’s why

August 14, 2019 by  
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The biggest specialty beauty retailer’s chemicals commitment is showing that natural beauty is going mainstream.

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Toxic PFAS chemicals in food and food packaging pose risks to grocery stores and big box retailers

July 8, 2019 by  
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With toxins in food packaging and supplychains, companies are exposed to major financial, reputational and legal liabilities.

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Jury awards $72 million in cancer-causing talc powder lawsuit

February 27, 2016 by  
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Johnson & Johnson was just ordered to pay$72 million dollars in damages to the family of a woman who claims she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s powder for decades. But the problem extends far further than that – there are also 1,200 other women suing the company, claiming its talc-containing products may be cancer causing, and people should be made aware. READ MORE >

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Smart Tips For Buying ‘Green’ Makeup

October 14, 2015 by  
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There are many wonderful reasons why you should consider buying organic, sustainable beauty products rather than the first that catch your eye. In fact, using organic beauty products – such as eco-friendly makeup – can actually go a long way in…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Demystifying “Natural” and “Organic” Labels on Personal Care Products

June 23, 2014 by  
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When you go grocery shopping, chances are that you notice that most (if not all) produce items have labels on them to signify whether they’re organic or not. Well, just like food, personal care products have a variety of different labels that get slapped onto them as well. These labels are meant to inform customers about the fabulousness within said products, but certain terms are often used to obfuscate, rather than clarify. A blanket term such as “ botanical ” may just mean that a tiny percentage of the ingredients are plant-based, while “natural” can imply that one of the additives came from nature once upon a time… regardless of how much it was altered before being used in that face scrub you’re holding. This label cheat sheet should help you to navigate your way through the local health food store’s beauty product aisle so you can find just what it is you’re looking for, and feel good about using it. Via You Beauty The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beauty , beauty products , Botanical , bunny free , bunny label , cheat sheet , cruelty free , label , label cheat sheet , labeling , labels , natural , natural label , Organic , organic body care , organic label , personal care , personal care products , shampoo , vegan

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Michael Jantzen Designs Solar-Powered Global Climate Change Pavilion

June 23, 2014 by  
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Prolific designer Michael Jantzen completed a conceptual proposal that uses engaging design to spur greater global climate change debate and education. Titled the Global Climate Change Pavilion, this large public structure houses research and interactive exhibits that explore the relationship between the earth and its rapidly warming climate. Wave-shaped canopies topped by solar panels surround the globular pavilion and provide shade and shelter. The solar-powered exhibition dome is made of self-cleaning photocatalytic concrete and is also designed with rainwater collection and reuse systems. + Michael Jantzen The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , climate change pavilion , global climate change pavilion , michael jantzen , photocatalytic concrete , rainwater collection , rainwater reuse , reader submitted content , solar panel canopy , solar panels , Solar Power

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7 DIY Face Masks for Gorgeous Spring and Summer Skin

May 3, 2013 by  
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