Day 10

Body

SPONSORED BY ACURE

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OVERVIEW

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

Your skin is like a sponge, it absorbs about 60% of EVERYTHING you put on it. So while we talk a lot about what goes in your body, it’s just as important to think about what you put on your body. It’s hard to control everything we come in contact with, but there are things we do have control over – .like what we put on our skin.

Ironically, many of the products we use to keep our skin healthy are actually doing more harm than good. We all use shampoo, toothpaste, face cleanser, body soap, and lotion, often multiple times a day, but often these products made conventionally are laden with toxic ingredients.

Let’s dive deeper.

Head into your bathroom and take a look at your conventional body care products. You’ll likely find a list of unpronounceable and untested synthetic ingredients, colors, and fragrances like Diethyl Phthalate, Triclosan, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine and thousands more. Many of these 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 regular product use, it means both men and women are exposed to hundreds of potentially toxic chemical ingredients daily.

So, with all of these products on the market, you might ask, 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 fact, no federal laws governing the cosmetics industry have been passed since 1938! In contrast, in Europe almost 1,400 harmful chemicals have been banned from cosmetic and personal care products through their governing bodies. In contrast, in the U.S., only 11 of these toxic ingredients are banned.

Even when we buy safer alternatives, we still have to be conscious and informed consumers. The claims on product labels don’t always match up with what’s inside the product. Without governing oversight, words like natural, herbal, pure, and organic (unless it has a USDA Certified Organic seal) can be meaningless when they are placed on a product that contains toxic ingredients. This is called, 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 awesome ethical brands are out there, like today’s partner Acure Organics. Companies like Acure are formulating affordable, healthy products that are good for you and the planet. Acure products are 100% vegan, don’t use animal testing, are free of chemicals like parabens and sulfates and are available at at stores like Target, Whole Foods, Kroger, select CVS stores, natural grocers, and online. Today’s non-profit partner, MadeSafe, is working to “ensure that goods are made entirely from safe ingredients;ingredients that are not known or suspected to cause harm to human health as determined by scientifically recognized lists from around the world..

When greening your body care routine, take a minute to read the labels, understand what’s going on your skin, and once you do … research what might be a healthier option.

CHALLENGE

Green

20 POINTS

Think

When you buy 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

Turns out the average American bathroom is a minefield of toxic chemicals. Sunscreens, lipstick, moisturizer, shaving cream — many cosmetics contain chemicals linked to cancer or other health problems like learning disabilities. (Annie Leonard, Story of Cosmetics)

  • Let’s start with filmmaker Annie Leonard’s “Story of Cosmetics” (contrary to the title, this video applies to people who do not use cosmetics also).
    • Share two things that you learned
    • Share two ways that you might rethink or even recraft your daily routine based on this information.
  • List 3 personal care products that you use daily.
    • Look at their ingredients. Do any of the ingredients surprise you?
    • Share one hard to pronounce ingredient that you’ve never heard of. 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, EWG’s Skin Deep Database and 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. Tell us what it will be and why.

Deliverables

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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 represent hundreds of different chemicals with proven health risks. In fact, in the United States, there are no government mandates requiring 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, or use EWG’s Skin Deep Database or app.  

Pick one personal care product that you can’t live without and dig into this challenge:

  • Snap a photo on your phone and scan the product’s barcode into the Think Dirty app, or search for your product on the Skin Deep database. If you can’t find your product, use the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Red List to check ingredients on the label of your product. You can type your ingredient onto the Red List database to obtain its details.
    • According to the app, database, or Red List, what is the overall hazard rating of your product?
    • How many ingredients did you find to be potentially hazardous?
    • Which ingredient was the most hazardous in your product? Why? what is the basis for the rating?
  • Find a sustainable alternative for your conventional product at a local green grocer, body care shop 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 option, and where you found it.
    • What is the cost of your conventional product vs. the eco-friendly 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 an 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 the healthy option. Include two facts on each side.
    • Tag @TurningGreen on Facebook or @TurningGreenOrg on Instagram, @safecosmeticshq, @madesafehq and include the hashtags #PGC2018 and #Body.

Deliverables

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

Submission Guidelines

  • If you do not see an upload button, you need to log in
  • 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_2018.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 points total by logging out and back in again.
  • If you are having trouble uploading, try using a different browser
  • 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 #PGC2018.

Greenest

60 POINTS

Think

Now that you understand the impact of the choices you make daily, spread the word to your friends and DIY (do it yourself) your own products! Making 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/family members and have a DIY party!
  • Ask your friends/family members to bring one of their favorite personal care products. Look at the products together and use your resources from the Green and Greener challenge to investigate the product.
    • What did you find?
    • How did your friends/family members 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, look up a natural DIY recipe that you can make together to replace a conventional product. Think about which products you use the most or are most curious to try.
  • Write up the recipe you used (including ingredients and preparation), and your friend/family member’s reactions, the facts you shared.
  • Snap a story of photos showing the process/final product and write a creative caption including the recipe. Our favorite photos will be re-posted on Instagram!

Deliverables

Upload a PDF Document with your responses and photos. Include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • If you do not see an upload button, you need to log in
  • 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_greenest_2018.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 points total by logging out and back in again.
  • If you are having trouble uploading, try using a different browser
  • 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 #PGC2018.

TODAY’S PRIZES

up to 10 winners from the greener challenge will receive:

Acure Lemongrass & Argan Shampoo
Acure Lemongrass & Argan Conditioner
Acure Brilliantly Brightening Face Mask
Acure Brilliantly Brightening Day Cream

Acure Brilliantly Brightening Micellar Water
Acure Brilliantly Brightening Coconut Towelettes
Acure Organic Rosehip Oil
Acure Organic Cotton Make-up Bag

up to 10 winners from the greenest challenge will receive:

Acure Coconut & Marula Shampoo
Acure Coconut & Marula Conditioner
Acure Seriously Soothing Cloud Cream
Acure Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil
Acure Seriously Soothing Micellar Towelettes
Acure Brilliantly Brightening Face Mask

Acure Incredibly Clear Cleansing Stick
Acure Incredibly Clear Spot Acne
Acure Radically Rejuvenating Under Eye Hydrogels
Acure Organic Cotton Make-up Bag
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