Thursday, September 20, 2007

7 Billion in Sales

Natural cosmetic sales topped 7 billion worldwide. It's a good thing. Let's ignore the fact that no one ever agrees what "natural" means. In general, it's a very good thing to see natural cosmetic sales boom.

Much of what is sold as a cosmetic or beauty product is simply not good for you. Makeup is absorbed by the skin and swallowed (if it's lipstick), but there are little to no federal regulations on it. Many cosmetics and beauty products contain parabens, which are linked to breast cancer, and pthalates, which are linked to endocrine disruption.

Last month when I went to the dump to dispose of my hazardous e-waste, I was given a checklist of what sorts of hazardous materials they accepted:

Used motor oil
Electronic waste
Household cleaners

That's right. The dump processes makeup as a hazardous material.