Day 9

Body

SPONSORED BY ACURE

The Story of Stuff Project
Guayaki
EcoWatch

OVERVIEW

“Anybody can put anything in a bottle and call it natural. And they do.”
~ Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace

Your skin is a porous organ that acts like a sponge. Skin absorbs 60% of EVERYTHING we put on it. It’s hard to control everything we come into contact with, but there are things we do have control over…like what we put on our skin.

Ironically, some of the products we use to keep our bodies healthy are actually doing more harm than good. We all use some kind of body care products like shampoo, toothpaste, face cleanser, body soap, and lotion multiple times a day to keep clean. But often these products are laden with toxic chemical ingredients.

Head into your bathroom and take a look at your conventional body care products. You will likely find a list of unpronounceable, untested toxic chemicals, colors, and fragrances like Diethyl Phthalate, Triclosan, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine that are not good for you, your body, or the planet. Many of these synthetic ingredients came from the WWII chemical revolution. Sodium lauryl sulfate, for example, is an industrial cleanser and “foaming agent” that’s also common in engine degreasers. It has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation, and is a known hormone disruptor. That’s all for a little extra foam in the shower!

According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of the Breast Cancer Fund, women use an average of 12 personal care products a day, while men use an average of 6. With this kind of regular product use, it means we potentially expose ourselves to hundreds of individual and potentially toxic chemical ingredients daily.

So, with all of the products on the market it makes sense to wonder who is at the front lines, ensuring products like shampoo, soap, and deodorant, are actually safe for our bodies?

In the United States, the answer may be surprising: no governing body conducts pre-market safety testing or reviews the ingredients companies are using. Nope, not even the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). In contrast, in Europe almost 1,400 harmful chemicals have been banned from cosmetic and personal care products through their governing bodies. In the U.S., only 11 of these toxic ingredients are banned.

And even when we try to buy safer alternatives, we still have to be diligent consumers. The claims on package products don’t always match up with what’s inside the product. Without governing oversight, words like natural, herbal, and pure can be meaningless when they are placed on a product that contains toxic ingredients. This is greenwashing. Greenwashing is when a company markets their products as natural and ethical, but a quick glance at their ingredients and business practices tell an entirely different story.

The good news is that ethical brands are out there, like today’s partner Acure Organics. Companies like Acure are formulating affordable, healthy products that are great for you and the planet and available at at stores like Whole Foods and Target. Non-profits such as MadeSafe are also doing their part by raising awareness and stepping in as third party reviewers, working to verify company claims and ensure that products that claim to be non-toxic, truly are.

When greening your body care routine take a minute to read the labels, understand what’s going on your skin, and opt for a healthier alternative.

CHALLENGE

Green

20 POINTS

Think

When you are buying personal care products, what are you looking for? Probably a way to look and feel your best, but how often have you flipped the package around and looked at the ingredient list? And even then, do you know what the ingredients mean? Let’s take a look…

Challenge

  • Watch filmmaker Annie Leonard’s “Story of Cosmetics”.
  • Share two new facts that you learned and two ways that you will rethink your daily routine based on this new information.
  • List 5 personal care products you use daily and look at their ingredients lists.
  • Pick out one hard to pronounce ingredient that you’ve never heard of. Name it. What’s its function in the product? Does it have any health and environmental impacts?
  • Use resources like Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Chemicals of Concern or Made Safe’s Blog or Education pages to do your research.
  • Based on what you learned, commit to making one change in your daily routine starting today. Tell us what it will be and why (max 100 words).
  • Deliverables

    Upload your responses in a PDF document. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

    Submission Guidelines

    • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
    • Please save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_challengelevel_year.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_green_2017.pdf)
    • Do not include # or spaces in filenames
    • Please be sure to include all content for your submission in one doc
    • Do not upload a file bigger than 5 MB
    • You will get a confirmation on screen that your submission uploaded correctly (green) or that it failed (red) and to try again.
    • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again. You can see your point total by opening the Edit Profile tab on the bottom nav bar. Your point total will be at the top of the page.
    • Send any questions you have to info@turninggreen.org
    • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2017.

    Greener

    40 POINTS

    Think

    Even if you read the ingredient labels before purchasing products, you may not be getting the whole story. A single ingredient, like “synthetic fragrance”, can actually contain hundreds of different ingredients with proven health risks. In fact, in the United States, no government mandates require that the ingredients found in “fragrance” or “parfum” be listed on the package or anywhere else for that matter – which translates into a serious lack of transparency to the consumer, YOU!

    Challenge

    If you have a smartphone, download the Think Dirty App, and if not, use the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Red List to check ingredients.

  • Pick one personal care product that you can’t live without and dig into the challenge:
  • Snap a photo on your phone and scan the product’s barcode into the app, or use the Red List to scan ingredients.
  • According to the app, what is the overall hazard rating?
  • Which ingredients did you find to be potentially hazardous?
  • Which ingredient has the highest hazard rating in your product? Why, what is the basis for the rating?
  • Find a sustainable alternative for your conventional product at a local green grocer or online retailer. Look for brands like Acure Organics, Dr. Bronner’s, and Everyone. You can also check out Made Safe’s Certified Products list for some more ideas.

  • Share the name, brand, and ingredient list of your clean alternative, and where you found it.
  • What is the cost of each product?
  • Share two things that make the eco-friendly item a safer and healthier choice.
  • Will you make the switch? Why or why not?
  • Create a infographic post comparing your conventional product and its alternative. Share it on social media to inform your followers about the health and environmental impacts of the conventional product and the benefits of its alternative. Include two facts on each side.
  • Tag @TurningGreen on Facebook or @TurningGreenOrg on Instagram, @safecosmeticshq, @madesafehq and include the hashtags #PGC2017 and #Body.
  • Deliverables

    Upload a PDF Document with your responses, your infographic and a screenshot of your social media post. Include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

    Submission Guidelines

    • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
    • Please save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_challengelevel_year.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_greener_2017.pdf)
    • Do not include # or spaces in filenames
    • Please be sure to include all content for your submission in one doc
    • Do not upload a file bigger than 5 MB
    • You will get a confirmation on screen that your submission uploaded correctly (green) or that it failed (red) and to try again.
    • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again. You can see your point total by opening the Edit Profile tab on the bottom nav bar. Your point total will be at the top of the page.
    • Send any questions you have to info@turninggreen.org
    • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2017.

    Greenest

    60 POINTS

    Think

    Now that you understand the impact of the choices you make daily, spread the word to your friends and DIY your own products! Making your own bath and body products ensures total transparency – you get to know exactly what is in your product because you made it! Plus you’ll be creating less waste by reducing packaging. The cherry on top? You’ll probably end up saving some money.

    Challenge

    • Gather a group of two or more friends and have a DIY party!
    • Ask your friends to bring one of their favorite personal care product. Look at the product together and use your resources from the Green and Greener challenge to investigate the product.
    • What did you find?
    • How did your friends react?
    • Share three facts with your friends that you learned from the PGC Body Challenge and what changes you will make in your daily routine.
    • Now that you are all informed, find a natural DIY recipe that you can all make together to replace one of your personal care products. Think about which products you use the most or are most curious to try.
    • Write up your friend’s reactions, the facts you shared, the recipe you used (including ingredients and preparation), and snap a photo of the final product.

    Deliverables

    Upload a PDF document with the responses and photos. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

    Submission Guidelines

    • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
    • Please save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_challengelevel_year.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_greener_2017.pdf)
    • Do not include # or spaces in filenames
    • Please be sure to include all content for your submission in one doc
    • Do not upload a file bigger than 5 MB
    • You will get a confirmation on screen that your submission uploaded correctly (green) or that it failed (red) and to try again.
    • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again. You can see your point total by opening the Edit Profile tab on the bottom nav bar. Your point total will be at the top of the page.
    • Send any questions you have to info@turninggreen.org
    • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2017.

    TODAY’S PRIZES

    up to 10 winners from the greener challenge will receive:

    Acure Clarifying Shampoo
    Acure Clarifying Conditioner
    Acure Clarifying Body Wash
    Acure Facial Cleansing Gel
    Acure Oil Matifying Facial Moisturizer

    Acure Brightening Facial Scrub
    Acure Brightening Facial Mask
    Acure Facial Toner
    Acure Nourishing Body Lotion
    Turning Green Lips Against Lead Tote Bag

    up to 10 winners from the greenest challenge will receive:

    Acure Volume Shampoo
    Acure Volume Conditioner
    Acure Energizing Body Wash
    Acure Energizing Body Lotion
    Acure Day Cream
    Acure Citrus Ginger Argan Oil

    Acure Pore Clarifying Facial Scrub
    Acure Pore Clarifying Facial Mask
    Acure Acne Spot Treatment
    Acure Acne Clarifying Towelettes
    Acure Day Cream
    Dr. Bronner’s Not Just a Pretty Face