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Earth Day 2011

April 22, 2011


Today is Earth Day, 2011!

April 22nd 2011, Earth Day, eco living, save the planet, what are you doing to save the earth, how many beauty products do you wash down the drain each day

Yesterday my daughter and I watched the National Geographic special The Human Footprint. We’d watched it when it first aired a couple of years ago but because my daughter is learning how to conserve energy we watched it again.

I was amazed at the amount of things we use daily in our lives that get thrown away. Just the part about washing all our beauty products down the drain was an eye opener.

So I got curious and went into my bathroom to count all the various products I use on a regular basis. Things like soap, shampoo, lotion, nail polish, deodorant, make-up (there are tons of products there) and hair care products (even more in this group). I counted 19 products I use every day! And I am sure there are many more that I don’t use daily but certainly weekly like nail polish, nail polish remover (I use these every Saturday during the Tribal Blogs Slumber Party), foot cream, hand sanitizer, eye drops, face masks, and the list just goes on and on. Worst, most of those products get washed off at the end of the day and end up in our rivers.

So here is my question, how many products do you use each day?

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  • Reply Anonymous April 22, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Yeah, finally a reason for why I don’t wear makeup! I often feel like less of a woman because I don’t own half the products that most women own. I will have to figure out how to hide my hideousness at the conference without hurting the environment.

    • Reply redheadranting April 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      I don’t wear make up most of the time either. I used to. In high school I
      kept Cover Girl in business. I do wear mascara but that’s about it. If I am
      going out I will spackle my face but I don’t go out much. You can just stand
      next to me and we can both look hideous.

  • Reply Tracy O'Connor April 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I’ve got five kids – more than I’d like to count! My boys don’t wear cosmetics, but we do use a lot of soap and the four little ones go through a vat of hair gel each week to style their hair like DragonBall Z characters.

    I don’t use a lot of cosmetics though myself. I think my main weakness is drive-through coffees and iced teas. All those cups, lids and straws have got to add up.

    • Reply redheadranting April 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      I love that boys have taken to hair gel like we did to hair spray. Not in a good for the environment way but that it’s cute.

  • Reply Pricilla April 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I am goat…
    but the publicist uses soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotion and face cream. That’s not too bad, right?

    • Reply redheadranting April 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      I don’t think that is bad at all but then I use a lot more than that each day and sadly it doesn’t look as if I do.

  • Reply Stormsister April 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm


    Great post of all the ingredients that are polluting the earth. Here is a video about what all of those ingredients may be doing to our bodies.

  • Reply JD at I Do Things April 22, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Boy, I am really not doing my part to destroy the earth. I wash my hair only 3 times a week, some days do not use deodorant (I work at home; I wear it if I go out), facial cleanser — only on days I wash my face. I do shower every day, so I use soap or body wash, and I brush my teeth several times a day. I use the same moisturizer for everything. Don’t do nails.

    But I make up for it all with my massive toilet paper use.

    • Reply redheadranting April 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      I had to ask Meleah this question too, how do you abuse toilet paper? Are you using for something other than its intended purpose?

  • Reply babs (beetle) April 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I use a total of soap, deodorant, shampoo and toothpaste. That’s it, unless I’m going out and use a little spray on my hair.

    Beauty product manufacturers would have gone out of business if they relied on people like me, though I did use a tad more products when I was younger, like face masks and eye makeup. No creams or lotions of any sort, except medicinal.

    Oh, and I’m with JD with the toilet paper.

    • Reply redheadranting April 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      I kept them all in business when I was in high school, not so much now though I still use more than I thought.

      What is it with all the toilet paper abuse?

  • Reply Shawn April 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    In honour of Earth Day I did not drive to work. Oh, wait, in honour of a Good Friday day off, I didn’t dive to work.
    I am a daily user of shaving cream and soap. Very little shampoo for the very little hair that I have.

  • Reply Margaret (nannygoats) April 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    This is one of those things where I’m afraid to go in there and count.

  • Reply Nicky April 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    You know, I never even thought about my make-up. I buy “green” cleaners and soaps and stuff, but I never, ever thought about my make-up. And nail polish remover. Is it even possible to get a “green” nail polish remover? And nail polish? Hmmm, I’m off to Google…

    • Reply StormSister April 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      There is “green” nail polish remover (g2 Organics) and greener nail polish companies (SpaRItual). G2 Organics is almost all, grain alcohol. Whoda thunk! I carry both of these brands if you are ever interested.

  • Reply Jayne April 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Good question to pose today. Since I work at home and often only go out to go the barn (where personal hygiene is not an issue) I don’t use nearly what I used to. Still, it’s good to aware of how giant our footprints can be even when you think you don’t use much. Poor mother earth. She the victim of one giant gang-bang every single day.

  • Reply keshyra April 23, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Not only are we using lots of beauty products that are using up our resources to be made, most of those products have toxic chemicals in them. If you look at the ingredients of all of your soaps, shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers etc, you’ll find many toxic ingredients on the dirty dozen, toxic chemicals, list. And the combination of using all the different products daily, means that we are absorbing a lot of toxins into our bodies through our skin. Read this article to learn about all of the different chemicals in beauty products, and then read the labels on your products to see exactly what you are putting on your skin,

    • Reply redheadranting April 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      thanks for the article Keshyra, I never thought about these things before and now I can’t seem to stop. I think about everything I put in my body so why not what I put on my body? Our skin is our biggest organ so it’s like smearing stuff all over our livers or kidneys in a way.

      • Reply Stormsister April 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm

        Thank you, Jen! I have been saying that for years. Our skin is our biggest organ. So, when you look at it that way, you start to ask yourself, “would I rub THAT on my liver”? Sounds gross and funny, but that is basically exactly what we are doing.

        I encourage everyone to watch the short video below. The average consumer uses 11-23 products a day on their body. Most, including readers of this blog, don’t seem to think they do. Most men and women don’t think about mouthwash, lip balms, body/hand lotion, shaving cream/foam, perfume/cologne (this is a biggy and the most toxic), hand sanitizer, hand soap, dish washing soap, wet wipes, just to name a very few.

        It just isn’t about make-up/cosmetics. From the moment you wake up tomorrow, count each product you put on your body, to get ready in the morning. Women, open up your handbags and look at what you put on throughout the day. Look at the stuff in your office desk, gym and travel bag that you may apply on any given day.
        If you shower more than once in a day (bad for your skin/hair, by-the-way), and many do, then you have just doubled up on that list.

        Now look at each ingredient list for each product. Those are ALL the chemicals that have been absorbed by your body each day.

        There are somethings, environmental-wise, that we cannot control. But, we CAN control what we put on our bodies.

  • Reply Ferd April 23, 2011 at 4:30 am

    I was thinking, “Jeesh! You girls and all your girly girl stuff!” But then I started counting: shampoo, soap, hair gel, aftershave balm, toothpaste, deodorant. Wow. Six things in my morning routine. And I might take two if not three showers in a day, depending on what manly man things I’m doing.

    • Reply redheadranting April 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      Three showers a day! you are a manly man. What manly things are you doing that you need to shower that much? As a mother I gave up on personal hygiene a long time ago. I try to get a shower in but it doesn’t always happen. Thankfully I work at home so it isn’t necessary. Of course I don’t do manly man things so I probably don’t smell like a manly man.

    • Reply Stormister April 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      Ding, ding, ding, Ferd wins the prize!
      Thank you for really “thinking” about the question I asked Jennifer to pose to you all.
      Give Jen your mailing address, please. I have a product for you!

      Thanks for playing everyone!

      Oh yeah, and Ferd, please stop with the crazy showering routine. Yikes.

  • Reply cardiogirl April 23, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Alright, I don’t consider myself a granola chick, just lazy so I don’t wear makeup just lipstick on Sundays (to church). But let’s go through the list.

    I have nine things I use to get ready in the morning: soap, shampoo, deodorant, hair gel, hair spray, toothpaste, alcohol wipes to clean my glasses, Clean & Clear acne cream and occasionally lipstick (depends on the day of the week.)

    None of my cleaning products are earth friendly and I drive around town with abandon.

    I am definitely doing my part to jack up the earth.

  • Reply meleahrebeccah April 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I abuse hairspray and toilet paper the most.

    • Reply redheadranting April 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      you are the second one to mention overusing toilet paper… what are you doing with it? My grandmother used to wrap her head in toilet paper when she went to sleep so that she didn’t ruin her ‘do. Are you doing that?

      • Reply meleahrebeccah April 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm

        No! HA!

        I have serious intestinal issues.
        And therefore, I require excessive amounts of TP. And baby wipes.

  • Reply Lauren April 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I don’t put that much crap on my face, just moisturizer, blush, for stress-free days, a cheek pinch is only temporary, lip gloss, occasionally lipstick, and I powder my nose – it gets so shiny it reflects light, which causes sun glare.

    • Reply redheadranting April 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      I couldn’t live without moisturizer, especially in the winter. I have given up on blush because with my complexion it isn’t necessary, I blush at just about anything I am always red in the face.

  • Reply Stormister April 27, 2011 at 6:03 pm

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