It was in 1972, 50 years ago, which was established on June 5 as World Environment Day by the United Nations Conference. And the question is, have we learned anything since then?
Why is Environment Day celebrated?
This day is celebrated as a means to sensitize the population about phenomena such as climate change, deforestation or pollution. Being aware of the importance of changing to a more sustainable life and environmental protection.
This day was chosen by the United Nations conference in 1972 during the Stockholm Conference on the human environment and since then, it has become a moment of reflection and awareness about the negative impact that human action can cause in the ecosystem.
In All Yours We think that information is power and a brief review of the practices and actions that we can carry out to make the world in which we live a better place is the best cure.
The triple planetary crisis
We are on the way to what is known as a “triple crisis planetaria”. Don't worry, for the moment it is not as alarming as it sounds, although it could be a peak moment for awareness about the environmental impact that some of our actions generate in the health of the environment in which we live.
It is time to unite to avoid a climate catastrophe. We are still in time to return the favor to nature.
Could you live without clean water, without clean air, in extreme temperatures?
Let's start at the beginning, for those who are not yet familiar with these terms. Climate change refers to long-term temperature changes. And what do we humans do to aggravate these weather patterns? Mainly burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas.
How does this change occur? The burning of fossil fuels generates emissions of what are known as 'greenhouse gases' that act like a film that surrounds the earth and keeps heat inside, raising temperatures.
Some consequences of climate change are the water scarcity, fires, sea level rise, floods, melting ice, among other.
loss of biodiversity
There biodiversity is the term used to designate the wide variety of living beings that inhabit the planet Earth.
Why is it important to protect it? Each of the species that are part of this biodiversity play a major role in the development and natural balance. More clear, it is through her that we can live.
In mid-2019, the United Nations (UN) presented a report on biodiversity in which he warned that one million species, out of a total of eight million, are in danger of extinction.
pollution and waste
Pollution and consumption of resources are one of the main causes of environmental problems. They generate huge amounts of garbage, and the main problem is the inefficient management of it.
What environmental impact does poor waste management generate?
- Air pollution: Due to its slow decomposition, it generates bad odors and emits polluting gases.
- Water contamination: accumulation of garbage in rivers, lakes and oceans.
- soil disturbance: the accumulation of residues reduces fertility, aeration capacity, water retention and porosity.
- ecosystem degradation: Habitats and species are affected by the accumulation of waste.
These are decisions we make in our day to day to generate less impact. Starting with small actions.
Why should we contribute to the preservation of the environment? For us it's simple we live on this planet, Earth, if there were not one, we would not have a home, its resources are limited and it is our responsibility to safeguard them.
In cosmetics, many ingredients are used that have been classified as polluting or toxic to the environment.
In All Yours, before choosing a brand, it goes through a process of selection of ingredients, collected in our The Safe List. Thus, we guarantee that everything we offer our customers is safe for our bodies and the planet.
For us, the "clean beauty" concept goes beyond being transparent when it comes to talking about formulations or ingredients. We care about brands that put all their efforts into leaving a mark on the planet, either by reducing your waste, using more sustainable production practices or using eco-friendly packaging.
Polluting cosmetic ingredients
Whenever possible, do a brief review of the ingredients that the cosmetic products that you are going to buy contain, and avoid those that put your health and the environment at risk. Some of the most recognizable are:
Antioxidants BHT/BHA (H4)
These substances are responsible for preventing the degradation of the formula, they are present in perfumes, moisturizers, lipsticks.
There are several studies that relate them to irritations, allergies and as endocrine disruptors at high doses, being also possible causes of cancer. In addition, the BHT and BHA care about your high bioaccumulation in marine environments and consequent toxicity.
Petrolatum and mineral oils (H4)
cosmetics use many Petroleum derivatives to economize formulas and for their sensory profiles such as paraffin, crystalline wax, petrolatum, and mineral oils. All of these serve to create a layer on the skin or hair but they do not provide hydration or emollience and over time they accumulate and generate oil in the hair.
Used as preservatives in formulations. One of the reasons for their controversy is the possible affectation of the compound on marine animals, in addition to its relationship with cancer and as potential endocrine disruptors.
PEG and its derivatives
PEG stands for polyethylene glycol, synthetic derivatives of petroleum. The manufacturing process can produce PEGs with contaminants such as ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane (harmful to health). In addition, the process is not very ecological, as well as the ingredient itself, being toxic for the environment, since it hardly breaks down.
Organic filters like oxybenzona, avobenzona, cinamato, among others, are absorbed by the skin to be able to do their job and many of them have had debates over the years, both for health and for the environment. They are present in chemical sunscreens.
They are small plastic particles that are included in some cosmetics such as scrubs, bath gels or toothpastes. This is due to their low price, because they are inert and because they can easily choose the shape, size and other properties. But the main problem is when you rinse the product off and all those plastics go down the drain. Little by little they accumulate and Since they are not biodegradable, they pollute the environment..
If you want to know all the ingredients, take a look at our Safe List.
5 simple practices to help the environment
1. A bit of walking for the body
Get around on foot or by bike. Yes, we know that it is not always easy, but if you live in a city and your work is close, it is an action to take into account. Starting with small changes is a great help.
2. Consume responsibly
Think before buying a product, do I really need it? Am I going to use it for a long period of time? Can I reuse it?
3. Choose the packaging judiciously
Before buying a product, look with what type of packaging it has been manufactured. Choose biodegradable containers or glass containers, can result in a big change for the environment and the generation of waste. and all thanks to your decision, you are amazing!
4. Reduce electricity costs
Remember to turn off the lights when you leave a room, unplug the chargers that you are not using. Also think that with the rise in the price of electricity, these actions will allow you to save.
5. Sustainable cosmetic products
Taking care of our skin and our grooming is part of everyday life. A good deed can be to look for brands that strive to contribute and help the planet. In All Yours We only work with brands that seek to leave a mark on the planet such as Dr. Bronner's with its regenerative organic agriculture projects: soil enrichment and tree planting programs, 100% post-consumer recycled packaging, aggressive reduction of waste and water use. Incredible for a brand, right?
O Oquist, 360 brand that has adopted a sustainable approach from ingredient sourcing, CO2 emissions, multi-functionality, water preservation, non-toxicity to health and pollution, to packaging material, its design and life after responsible death. They reduce their carbon emissions by 97%.
Take care of yourself, take care of your environment, take care of your planet.