I think it’s a very good habit these days to really look closely at the small print, and think about what’s in that bottle of shampoo, soap or hair care product you’re buying. And if there is no fine print, ask “Why not?”. In the hustle and bustle of day to day life it’s very easy for us all to grab the first thing we see off the shelf. Sure, we might aim for something that says “contains herbal essences” or “contains natural ingredients”. But how ‘natural’ are these products anyway AND what’s been included with the ‘natural’ ingredients; the ‘gift with purchase’ we don’t really want?

And what are we putting down our sinks? The stuff we put on our skin, in our hair and in our bodies eventually finds itself going back into our drains and sewerage and back into the natural environment. A recent story I read reminded me of this. Proctor and Gamble (yes, the company whose stock was recently involved in the recent share market meltdown) recently put out a statement indicating they were intending to reduce the level of 1,4-Dioxane in their herbal essences products.

Now the problem with 1,4-Dioxane is that not only can it damage your liver and kidneys, it also doesn’t biodegrade and ends up back into our water supplies. Hence what is a health problem is also an environmental problem, and vice-versa. Read the rest of this entry