What is global warming?
Global warming is when the earth heats up (the temperature rises). It happens when greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, water vapor, nitrous oxide, and methane) trap heat and light from the sun in the earth’s atmosphere, which increases the temperature. This hurts many people, animals, and plants.
What causes global warming?
Many things cause global warming. One thing that causes global warming is electrical pollution. This occurs in many ways, some worse than others. In most cases, fossil fuels are burned to create electricity. Fossil fuels are made of dead plants and animals. Some examples of fossil fuels are oil and petroleum. Many pollutants (chemicals that pollute the air, water, and land) are sent into the air when fossil fuels are burned. Some of these chemicals are called greenhouse gasses. Many of these are also found on your beauty products!
Garbage that is burned in landfills yields an enormous amount of greenhouse gasses into the air and makes global warming worse. Another thing that makes global warming worse is when people cut down trees. Trees and other plants collect carbon dioxide (CO2), which is a greenhouse gas. They absorb the CO2 and yield oxygen which makes it easier for us to breathe.
Common use Plastics (Resins) in beauty products!
A. Energy Consumption
Recycled HDPE and PET resin production consumes significantly less energy than does the production of non-recycled (virgin) HDPE and PET resins. Depending upon the resin, the recycled resins consume between 38-88% less energy during production than do comparable virgin resins.
B. Greenhouse Gas Emissions (CO2 Equivalents)
Recycled HDPE and PET resin production generates significantly fewer greenhouse gases than does the production of virgin HDPE and PET resins. Depending upon the resin, the recycled resins generate between 35-78% less greenhouse gases during production than do comparable virgin resins.
What can we do to help stop global warming?
- If you recycle, less trash goes to the dump, and less trash gets burned. As a result, there are fewer greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere.
- Buy Greener Products
- Many things, such as hairspray, shampoos, creams, soaps, and deodorant, now are made to have less of an impact on the atmosphere. Less greenhouse gasses will rise into the air, and global warming will slow down.
- Look for Post Consumer recycled (PCR) or recyclable plastics
- Postconsumer recycling of PET and HDPE resins has a positive impact on the overall environmental footprint associated with the production, use and disposal of these materials. Recycled HDPE and PET resin production consumes significantly less energy, generates significantly fewer greenhouse gases, and produces less solid waste than does the production of virgin HDPE and PET resins.
- Use organic ingredients and products or plant based “Natural” surfactants (foam making cleaning agents)
- Organic ingredients are free of toxic pesticides that when washed down into the water waste will biodegrade and not accumulate into a toxic byproduct.
- Surfactants are produced from petroleum or plant materials. Petroleum-based surfactants have the disadvantage of contributing to the depletion of a non-renewable resource. Plant-based surfactants have the advantage of coming from renewable resources.
- Cleansers (surfactants) can be plant based, which are non-toxic and biodegradable, or they can be petroleum based, which can be toxic to humans, animals and the planet. Petroleum based cleansers are typically not biodegradable. Petroleum based soaps are extracted from the earth, which is terrible for the environment. After they are used, they are washed down the drain and may never decompose. In addition to this, petroleum based soaps are very harsh on our skin, usually leading to dryness, dermatitis, or flaking. Read labels!!! Avoid those that do not list ingredients or those that contain petroleum-based surfactant such as Sulfates! Look for soaps, shampoos and detergents which contain surfactants originating from soy, coconut or palm.
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