Do Not Use the Chemical Triclosan

Cosmetic Ingredient Tainting Minnesota Lakes, Streams and the Great Lakes

An antibiotic widely used in cosmetic products is converting to toxins in Minnesota’s lakes and streams according to research by the University of Minnesota and the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Triclosin was listed as an active ingredient in a handwash product I had not opened, and I never purchase antibiotic products.  Do NOT put these down the drain, or use them.  I would suggest bringing any of these products to the hazardous waste disposal site.

Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Resolve put Less Harmful Chemicals on Your Body in 2013

005How can You Reduce your use of Chemicals?
I know I am naïve, but I think it is the government’s job to protect us from harmful chemicals. Unfortunately there is little reliable research on most of the chemicals we put on our skin, hair and mouths. After reading the book Ecoholic by Adria Vasil, I wondered why I would put chemicals on my body when I never put chemicals on my yard or plants? I went to my local coop to research organic beauty products. Choices for organic body products are not huge, and they are expensive, but this is the only body you have and this should be a priority. Deodorant has some harmful chemicals, and I would start with a chemical free deodorant.
Next, I would purchase an organic or a scent free body lotion, and then research the ingredients in other products you use.
Part of the mission of this website is to encourage the use of less chemicals, and I hope the list below will help you make smarter cosmetic choices and have a healthier life in 2013. As with everything we purchase, it is always important to read the labels and purchase low carbon impact products( buy local and non-toxic.) Good Luck and remember to recycle all containers when you are finished.
Environmental writer, Adria Vasil has 15 chemicals to avoid in our personal body products:  Her list follows:
1. BHA and BHT
2. DEA/MEA/TEA: (diethanolamine):
3. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives:
4. Oxybenzone (BP-3/ benzophenone) and octinoxate (octyl methoxycinnamate)
5. Palm oil: unless it’s fair trade/organic
6. Parabens:
7. Parfum/fragrance:
8. PEGs:
9. Petrolatum/paraffin/mineral oil/petroleum distillates:
10. PPD In all permanent hair dyes.
11. Phthalates:
12. Retinyl palmitate:
13. Siloxanes:
14. Sodium laureth sulphate:
15. Triclosan/triclocarban:

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New Year on Lake Superior

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.—Rachel Carson

A New year on the Big Lake: December into 2013
A Merlin hunting in our yard, but the chickadees are too smart for him. A bald eagle sits on the morning lake ice eating her breakfast.
Three deer walk through: small, medium and large!! Wildlife tracks everywhere in the fresh snow: bobcat, coyote, fox??
The best: The face of the lake changes hourly as it renews itself. A patchwork of ice in the morning and then open water by the afternoon. Icebergs of all sizes are pushed around. The constant moving and shifting of the ice flows is beautiful and surprising. It is a magical mystery where the ice disappears to and then reappears. It is never predictable nor will it look the same again.
Wow, three ore boats pass at the same moment on the shipping highway. These boats will soon tie up for the winter.
Cloudy days create a black and white picture. White contrasted with dark bark, and the pileated, downies and chickadees add to the black/white birch tree look. 018