The Five Worst Environmental Pollutants in Your Beauty Products
By now we've already covered a little of how products can affect our health, but it bears reminding that what's good for us is also generally good for the planet—and vice versa. Because Whole Foods is a pioneer in natural personal-care, even issuing new organic labeling guidelines to their suppliers, we asked them to tell us the top five most environmentally noxious ingredients used in personal-care products, and why we should avoid them.
1. Antibacterial Compounds
2. Synthetic Chelators
3. Petroleum-derived Ingredients
4. Chemical Sunscreens
5. Aerosol Sprays
Illustrations by Brianna Harden
This is the seventh installment in a series inspired by No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics, a forthcoming book by GOOD's features editor Siobhan O'Connor and her co-author Alexandra Spunt.It will run every Tuesday and Thursday.