Harmful Ingredients

תוצאת תמונה עבור ‪harmful ingredients in cosmetics‬‏In today’s fast-paced world where it’s hard to stop for a moment to even catch your breath, let alone take time to rest and gather your thoughts, it’s easy for us to be fooled into believing something that isn’t true or is simply a false equivalency. What do I mean by this? Well the nature of the food, cosmetics and hair care products we use on a daily basis for instance is far more harmful and dangerous than many of us know or would like to admit. It’s a serious issue that is gradually affecting not only the lives of people like us as consumers, but also the greater environment around us. So to stay on the path we’re currently on is to basically ignore your own body’s needs and the needs of the greater environment around us. A loophole in federal law doesn’t require companies to declare any of the dozens of toxic chemicals that a single product’s fragrance mixture could contain. Artificial fragrances, which frequently contain phthalates, can also trigger allergic reactions and other health problems. Be mindful of the hidden dangers that “fragrance” or “parfum” listed on ingredients labels can pose, and always choose fragrance-free products.

This is only one of the harmful ingredients that is so often contained in our products – the list goes on the amount of ingredients involved here are quite astounding. We’ve certainly gone quite far off the beaten track when it comes to experimenting and utilising synthetic chemical ingredients as a part of our daily lives. You can never go wrong with glass because it’s recyclable and has no danger of leaching toxins into the product contained within. As far as plastics go, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), also known by the recycling code #1, and high-density polyethylene (HDPE), (#2), are most frequently accepted by municipal curbside recycling programs and are considered safe; polycarbonate (#7), may leach the endocrine disruptor bisphenol-A, or BPA. Polypropylene (#5), another food-safe plastic, is also a good alternative, though less easily recycled. (To find a polypropylene recycler in your neighborhood, visit Earth911.org.) Maple Holistics is the best place to go for the best reviews on all of your favorite products.

Avoid containers that bear recycling code #3 and the letter “V”, which refers to polyvinyl chloride, or PVC. Dubbed “the poison plastic,” PVC poses great environmental and health hazards from manufacture to disposal. In addition to reתוצאת תמונה עבור ‪harmful ingredients in cosmetics‬‏leasing hydrochloric acid, cancer-causing dioxins, and other persistent pollutants into the air, water, and land during its production, PVC also contains additives and chemical stabilizers–such as lead, cadmium, and di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (a suspected carcinogen that is known to cause a host of reproductive and developmental defects)–that can leach, flake, or off-gas from the plastic throughout its life. It’s important to remember that a skincare company is more than the sum of its products. What about its philosophy and values? Visiting a website is always enlightening. Does the company test on animals, for example? Has it signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a pledge to remove harmful chemicals from ingredients lists and replace them with safer alternatives? How committed is it to reducing its impact on the environment?

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AK-47 And M16

Give peace a chance is an age old adage we constantly scream at rallies and other such events but why do we never achieve it? I tend to think the reason we don’t is because we humans don’t realize that good ideas change policy, weapons do and in particular guns and shotguns. Look at any army and they will be armed not with flowers but with AK47’s and M16’s. These two rifles are staples of militaries around the world. The purpose of these militaries is to keep the piece. The more leaders realize the futility of our existence the more they want to try to control the inevitable. What I mean to say is that they hoard ammunition and shotguns for the expressed goal of having power, power which is really inconsequential in the grand scheme of things but makes these leaders of the free world feel better about their existence.

I myself got into all this mess when I enlisted into the US Army. I was a fresh faced 18 year old high school graduate that wanted to see the world and help where I could. It was just my luck that 9/11 occurred and we decided to invade Iraq and Afghanistan. So after boot camp and learning how to shoot a rifle I was sent on a plane to the Middle East, a place so foreign to me that I would joke about things I didn’t understand. I knew my training and was ready for anything that may have happened. The truth is more boring that fiction. You get stationed on guard duty holding your M16 which you can learn about on Gunivore.com and you sit there waiting for something to happen. As a young gun I was hoping something would happen and really it never did. Now that I am older I can solemnly say I am happy nothing did. I have friends who got injured and even killed in action and frankly it makes me sad to think about and makes me wonder what could have been.

When I got home from service I decided to go to college for political science. I wanted to understand the nature of politics and how it spells out the world we live in. It is a complicated mess of relationships and shit eating grins that allow the world to work in the way that it does. It is a power play and the ultimate game of chess. It involves savvy and know-how and more importantly it involves fire power in the form of cannons and tanks and handguns and rifles. It is fear that allows things to take control and there is not much one can do about it. So I have tried my best to help where I can and try to improve the world I live in. It is small steps towards a larger goal. Every day I wake up and wonder what the day will bring. Sometimes I know because I schedule other times it is up in the air.

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