It’s Earth Day!! And that means it’s a great time to increase our awareness of how what we do and consume every day impacts the environment. This is our one and only home, so we need to take care of it. We’ve all heard the myriad ways we can help protect the environment – conserving water and energy, planting trees, walking or riding a bike instead of commuting by car, etc. These are great steps to take, and yet we can take this mindset further by considering what kind of products we consume. At Mindful Skincare, we take pride in our line of products that are vegan, cruelty-free, and contain organic ingredients. Can using a product like this really make an impact on the environment? Yes! And here are eight ways:
ONE: Many, many skin care products (you wouldn’t believe how many) are tested on animals. The Earth is their home too and animals have as much right as we do to live here without suffering. *Note from the co-founders: This is why we at Mindful Skincare are proud to be Leaping Bunny certified. Leaping Bunny is a cruelty-free certification program administered by the international authority Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) that gives consumers a guarantee that the products they are purchasing are cruelty-free. Find out more about this amazing group here: http://www.leapingbunny.org/
Additionally, there is a huge environmental impact that comes from animal testing.
TWO: Animal testing facilities are dedicated to the breeding of animals for this purpose, and create a massive amount of waste. Collection reports from the NIH Division of Intramural Research Laboratories show that these facilities produced more than 1.5 million pounds of waste from 2011 to 2013 alone. These animals also have to be fed, adding to the environmental issues caused by the agriculture industry (you can read more about that here: http://www.ucsusa.org/our-work/food-agriculture/our-failing-food-system/industrial-agriculture)
THREE: Animals in these facilities are exposed to all kinds of chemicals for sterilization, sanitation, anesthesia and numerous other testing and research processes. These chemicals go into our environment as waste.
FOUR: And then when the labs are done experimenting on these lives, the bodies are disposed of – contaminating our soil and ground water with more hazardous chemicals and diseases.
FIVE: Other times, they are incinerated instead, emitting the chemicals into our air in the form of gasses or fine particulates. Studies show that these particulates are a main component of smog and contribute to the deaths of millions of people.
So what about these products that are being tested on animals?
SIX: Well, they themselves are often less environmentally friendly than their cruelty-free counterparts. A NEAVS (New Englad Anti-Vivisection Society) survey of final cosmetic and household products showed that cruelty-free products are much more likely to be environmentally friendly than non-cruelty-free products.
SEVEN: In this day and age, technologies exist for testing that are great alternatives to animal testing. And since animals are so different from humans in our biology and the way we metabolize things, using animals to test products for humans makes little sense. The human race has the ability to test products in ways that are more accurate, more humane, and far better for the planet.
EIGHT: But it’s not just about the testing of the final product that makes an impact on the environment, it’s also what goes into the product. Mindful Skincare’s products contain natural and organic ingredients for just this reason. Organic agriculture promotes the health of our soil, improving nutrient and water retention levels, increasing soil biodiversity, and helping to control soil erosion. Better soil and the lack of synthetic fertilizers vastly reduces the risk of groundwater pollution. The practices of organic farming also make the soil better at holding carbon, mitigating the greenhouse effect and changes to our air and climate.
Earth Day, and every day, offers opportunity to tread gently and be good stewards for today and the future. We thank all of you today for everything that you do as part of a compassionate, mindful world community. Namaste.