Think our kids are exempt from toxic cosmetics? Think again. With
10-year-old Malia and eight-year-old Sasha Obama currently our
Washington tweens-in-residence, all eyes are upon this 20 million
strong generation of eight-to-12-year-olds. Especially beauty marketers.
What do you do when you hear someone’s making clothing from milk?
Not just any clothing, mind you, but pieces like the stunning,
body-skimming evening gown accented with vintage pailettes that Anne
Hathaway wore for a sex-sells, Oscar-pushing Los Angeles Times Magazine photo shoot, which obliterated any memories of the actress in a tiara?
Did you know that the nail care industry still produces polishes with known toxins formaldehyde,
toluene and even dibutyl phthalate, which is banned in the EU because
it causes birth defects? Some even manufacture one version for American
distribution and another free of these “big three” toxins that’s
destined for the European market.
Is oil a dirty word? Not when it comes to hair. According to
experts, the more nourishing oil you put on, the less oil your scalp
produces and the healthier your hair becomes. And there’s no one who’s
more of an authority on the subject than Carla Gentile, owner of Steam
Salon in Los Angeles, CA.
You never know what jewelry designer Amber Marie Bently will
think of next. First, she tumbled crab shells with turquoise to
create a faux coral that eclipsed the original in color and
luster—and eschewed the use of coral from environmentally threatened
reefs. Then, she melted down recycled gold to make her own chain—by
You gotta love Spirit Demerson. First of all there’s the name. Then
there’s the fact that every time we slip up—like missing the parabens
that were in a shall-remain-nameless mascara that we featured for a
nanosecond last year—she’s all up in our faces with a super-polite
email that nevertheless lets us know we need to do our homework a
little better. After hearing from Spirit, we took that mascara post
down right quick.
Gone are the days when eco-friendly fashion meant drab Earth tones
and doubled prices: If last year’s L.A.’s Spring 2009 Fashion Week was
any indication, this year sustainable clothing will go up in style and down in price.
Think there’s not enough organic wine to go around? Think again.
With certified organic foods making up 5% of supermarket sales, even
your local supermarket probably carries a bottle or two; specialty retailers have entire sections.
Remember pick-up sticks? That game with the multicolored straws that
your brother always cheated at? Now Beyond Learning, which manufactured
the world’s first eco-friendly games back in 2006, has transformed this
family favorite into a reading readiness game for preschoolers.
It’s all well and good to sport your organic duds on the outside,
but what about the stuff you put closest to your body? With organic
cotton the most pesticide-laden crop in the world and synthetics like polyester and nylon derived directly from oil-based petrochemicals, those dainties you’re dabbling in could be toxic.
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