04 May Choosing products to benefit you & the environment simultaneously
This week, we’re joined by #EthicalHour sponsor Georganics to discuss how to choose products that benefit you and the environment, and some of the misconceptions around natural and sustainable products. This guest post is part of the #EthicalHour sponsorship programme.
There are a lot of common misconceptions about natural and sustainable products, especially when it comes to ones centred around our health and hygiene.
Leading brands in oral care and skin care promote products full of synthetic ingredients so much, you then believe you need them to maintain a certain level of good health, and dismiss any product that actively denounce them.
In fact a lot of these components create short term results that can lead to future problems.
For example SLS, which is most notably found in shampoos, face washes and conventional toothpastes is linked with significant problems after continued use.
Yes, whilst using an SLS based shampoo may provide you with a good looking result of clean hair initially, long term exposure will strip your hair of it’s natural oils, drying it out and potentially leading to hair loss issues.
The same with SLS based face wash, whilst initially it may clear your face of spots and imperfections, it will cause an imbalance of your natural oils leading to more spots, leading you to use the product more in a never ending cycle that only worsens with time. In regards to oral care it is used as a foaming agent.
Our toothpastes are non-foaming as this is a non-essential part of oral care, and SLS has been shown to worsen mouth ulcers and increase irritation of the mouth.
So why do people still continue to use products with it in?
A lot of people can’t get used to our toothpastes because they don’t foam and we have been conditioned to be used to a foamy texture when brushing our teeth.
Ultimately, much like sweeteners and added sugar in foodstuffs, big beauty manufacturers create products that your body effectively becomes addicted and accustomed to, forcing you to keep using them in order to sell more with no consideration for your health or the environment; more plastic shampoo bottles, more plastic tubes, more plastic toothbrushes etc.
Another example is that leading oral care companies promote the fact that all bacteria in the mouth is bad bacteria. To promote a naturally balanced oral microbiome we should look at what we are putting into our mouths on a daily basis.
Many oral care products contain detergents that kill all bacteria they come into contact with. Many types of mouthwash, for example, strip the mouth of bacteria which can actually cause an imbalance to our oral microbiome.
Using a natural and gentle mouthwash can avoid disrupting the bacterial environment, allowing the probiotic bacteria to thrive. It is best to avoid oral care products with ingredients such as:
- Artificial sweeteners
- Sodium laurel sulfate (SLS)
- Sodium fluoride
- Propylene glycol
These ingredients can destroy the microbiome and lead to a whole host of health issues as a result. At Georganics we avoid using these ingredients in all of our products so that we can ensure a healthy mouth, naturally.
We as humans have always had to adapt and evolve our mindset to survive. The environmental crisis is now one of our biggest threats and small changes can have big impacts. Looking after your health and looking after the environment are not mutually exclusive things.
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your plastic free ethos because your mouth needs a particular chemical only found in products packed in plastic tubes. There is never a more important time to be researching the truth about the chemicals we regularly put into and on our body and make informed decisions.
We often get asked why we don’t use x and y and we will always provide our stance on it whilst also advising they do their own research as every set of teeth and every body is different.
Ultimately sustainability is an ever-changing ongoing journey, one that never has an end. Every change we make along the way makes a difference, both for our long term health and the environment.
For further reading on chemicals we actively choose not to use and why please visit georganics.com