Sunday, September 21, 2008

Last weekend I saw WALL-E. (Cute.) Later that night I was at a bookstore without periodicals so I was forced to browse books instead of fashion magazines. The horror! And the movie had me in an apocalyptic mood, so I thumbed through The World Without Us for a bit. I learned two things in my short reading:

1. I have no desire to actually read that whole book.
2. My exfoliating bath products contain tiny tiny bits of plastic that are killing precious sea animals. (See here for more info.)

God, just imagine what I could have learned had I decided to read the whole thing? Probably all sorts of truly horribly stuff.

Anyway, it got me to thinking about this entry I had seen on Nylon about how to make your beauty type items more enviro-friendly. So I started looking at ingredient labels of cleansers and stuff...and yeah, it's bad. It's all really bad and full of oil and plastic and junk.

This should be bad news, right? Well, sort of. But the good news is I now have all the more reason to shop at LUSH! Right now I'm most interested in the shampoo bars, since I've gotten into the glorious habit of seeing how long I can go with washing my hair. (Right now I'm averaging 3-4 days). I don't believe in throwing out items upon the realization that they're not super earth friendly (hello, wasteful), but once these products run out I totally intend to spend tons of money on yummy smelling lush stuff. Mmmm.

Ah hell, here's one more link: Treehugger's Guide to Greening Your Health Care Items


tim j said...

I did not read that entire World Without Us book -- I listened to it on audiobook. It's really really great because it starts with minutia of what happens to your house, what domesticated animals will survive (cats: hell yeah. cows: hell no) and up to things about what happens to nuclear plants. A lot of the book is spent talking about prehistoric times and what the Earth was like pre-man. Let me know if you want to do that instead, because it was much easier to get though that way. Overall, it was well worth it, even if whenever I refer to it as "that book I read", my wife corrects me and says, "you mean that book you listened to." I think if I ever saw the actual book in a store, I'd shy away from it completely.

Sarah said...

I, too, listened to part of it. I started out with the CDBook, but then it was due back at the Pgh library and I had to return it. Then I finished the actual book. It's well worth it and so informative. I remember exactly where I was when they started reading about the exfoliant stuff--totally horrifying. I was never big on that kind of stuff, but it really kept me from buying any afterward. Anyway, I loved the book. You should give it a chance.

e said...

I think the reason why I couldn't get super into was that it became super science-y and technical which is just not what I want to read for fun. Maybe I'll give it a chance. Maybe.

tim j said...

I am really really not a sciencey person, but somehow I managed to make it through those sections. I listened to it 100% in the car, so I was able to ignore any parts that were too technical. The exfoliant stuff was astounding -- I went home and checked all of my products.

Also, the chapter about how fertilizers came to be is equally as fascinating, but I really liked hearing about what would still be around to represent our civilization when we're long gone: Mount Rushmore, those small stone walls that are everywhere in New England, and just about any bronze sculpture.

e said...

Yeah...I've never listened to a book. I don't know when I would do it...I don't like being in the car that long, and I can't find any other time where I can have so much focused attention on just listening. Yes. I am a bad listener.

willikat said...

i used to be a beauty editor. there are a lot of scary things in the majority of beauty products, not just environmentally scary, either. i know it's not good to be ignorant, but i kinda wish i didn't know some of the stuff i know.