KNOW YOUR WORLD

Hawaii is set to become the 1st state in the US to actually ban the sale of sunscreens containing two types of chemicals toxic to the ocean( thank you Hawaii, but this is just now happening in 2018?! how long until all 50?) – oxybenzone & octinoxate.

they’re killing oceans around the world – the chemicals strip coral reefs of their nutrients & disrupt the development of fish & marine life.

about 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotion ends up in coral reefs around the world each year, with tourist-filled beaches, like in Hawaii & the US Virgin Islands, having the highest concentrations.

& for those of you thinking ‘well I don’t go into the ocean after applying sunscreen, so…” you’re not helping at all – when you go home & wash it off in the shower, the chemicals are sent into wastewater streams & sent to the ocean.

these chemicals are found in Hawaiian Topic, Banana Boat & Coopertone…just to name a few brands (also found in nail polish, fragrances, hair spray..yikes!)

fyi,  oxybenzone is associated w/ endometriosis & has the potential to damage cells that may lead to skin cancer. both oxybenzone & octinoxate disrupt your hormones which affects reproduction in men & women & puberty…hormones control everything in your body folks!

oh! & if that’s not enough, oxybenzone is more strongly estrogenic than BPA & it was named “Allergen of the Year”! & despite the huge health risks, octinoxate remains an approved ingredient worldwide & is found in many “natural” sunscreens (are you kidding?! like it isn’t already hard enough for consumers to navigate the beauty biz.)

sunscreen chemicals are extremely bad for your skin & health & we do not recommend using sunscreen at all…but if you must, use 100% natural bases w/ only the oxides used as sunscreen agents – Goddess Garden Organics’ sunscreen is made with plant-based ingredients, certified organic, reef safe & biodegradable (making it good for us & the world around us!)

&…know your beauty!

xo – Suki

PLASTICS – THEY’RE EVERYWHERE

anyone who knows me knows I have zero tolerance for the toxic synthetics in conventional skincare, & thank goodness, there is growing awareness on this issue. however, sadly, it’s all we can do to keep up with our lives, much less the marketing cr*p that is done to make us buy stuff that is, essentially, not pure at all, but “pseudo” natural & still contains garbage in it, & in the end, does nothing for us but makes us think we are doing something good for ourselves & the planet. that, I don’t think I have to tell you, pisses me off.

garbage_decompbut even with the efforts of those of us who really care to put TRULY pure products into the marketplace & those of us who go the extra mile to put them into our bodies, our efforts will be futile for the earth in the end if we continue to pollute our oceans beyond repair.

in the shocking video posted above, reporters from Mother Jones investigate a huge swirling vortex of trash, twice the size of Texas, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. members of Project Karsei, the ocean liner sent to investigate the giant floating dump, reported plastic in EVERY sample they collected—with items ranging from old toothbrushes to abandoned baseballs. in another article, Charles Moore, the ocean advocate who discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 1999, said: “trying to clean up the Pacific gyre would bankrupt any country & kill wildlife in the nets as it went.”

shouldn’t this news, that it is now almost too late to correct the environmental damage we have done to our planet, be sweeping the headlines & usurping the latest celebrity antics or even global politics? what will it matter, in a generation, who is at war with whom when we have poisoned our environment so that life itself is unsustainable? It seems like the stuff of dystopian fiction, but it’s something that our next generation will have to deal with firsthand.

stories like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch are so overwhelming that it’s easy to bury our heads in the sand & try to forget about it. after all, this huge pile of trash is out in the middle of the Pacific ocean. it doesn’t affect ME—yet.

but it will. it’s just one symptom of the “plastic culture” we have created. in a recent study, 92% of subjects had the plastic BPA in their urine. & as for the ocean? Project Karsei’s lead scientist, Dr. Andrea Neal, speculates that the high concentrations of plastic could create huge dead zones in the Pacific Ocean that wipe out every species of fish WITHIN OUR LIFETIME.

what will it take to turn this…

tires 

back into this?

biodiversity

small steps can’t undo all the damage, but they make a difference. in my company, well, I’ve made it plain how I abhor plastic & still bottle in glass or aluminum, & ONLY resort to eco-plastic when absolutely necessary. actions as simple as remembering to the obvious recycling, composting, bringing reusable shopping bags to the grocery store & not supporting brands that contribute to huge carbon footprints can truly add up on a large scale to make a cleaner, safer world for ourselves & all the marine life in this world that now totally relies on our environmental policies & practices!

what do you think? can this generation can leave our planet cleaner & greener than we found it, & where do we start? or are we on the path to doom already? will the earth just throw us out so it can heal?

xo

—Suki