We can all make choices with the products that we purchase and some of the most toxic are actually cleaning products that we use in our homes and personal care products such as cosmetics and sun screen. This section of our website lists the most toxic of these chemicals and ones that you must avoided, not only for the health of the environment, but for your own health and wellbeing, especially the health of children. All of the chemicals are toxic, and many are endocrine disrupters, cause allergic reactions, or are carcinogenic.
Personal Care Products
The following chemicals are found in Sun Screen and over 4000 different cosmetics and personal care products such as tooth paste, hand wash and washing powder
- Oxybenzone also called BP3, benzonephenone-3, Milestab 9, Eusolex 4360, Escalol 567, Kahscreen BX-3
- Octylmethoxycinnnamate also called, Octinoxate, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Eusolex 2292, Uvinul MC80
- Retinyl Palmitate also called Vitamin A Palmitate
- Paraben preservative
- Butylated compounds BHT and BHA
- Polyethene glycols; PEG-4, PEG-150
- DMDM hydantoin
- BHUT , butylated hydroxytoluene
- Diazolidinyl urea
- Sodium hydrozymethylglycinate
- Imidazolidinyl urea
- Quarternium-15 quarternium 18, quarternium 26
- Plastic microbeads
Check the products and return any product containing the above chemicals back to the manufacturers of shop from where they were purchased. And do not buy the products a second time.
Many textiles, garments, foam and carpets contain a fire retardant called PBDE, this chemical is horribly toxic to the environment and to people. It is a POP persistent Organic Pollutant, that it almost as dangerous as PCBs.
Single Use Plastic
Plastic often contains a plasticiser called TBT or DBT (tributyl tin and dibutyl tin) they are two of the most toxic chemicals for the marine environment and for your own health.
Plastic exposed to sunlight may contain a UV stabiliser such as Oxybenzone, the same chemical that is used in cosmetics. Plastic is dangerous to the environment, but it is the chemicals contained in the plastic that makes it extremely toxic. Do not use single use plastic and try make sure that old plastic products are recycled or disposed of responsibly.
- Design out toxic chemicals
- Zero water discharge or zero impact to the environment from water and atmospheric emissions
Tourism and Leisure Industry
Tourism, especially beach resorts near coral reefs have to be aware of the damage that can be inflicted on the environment by personal care products used by the guests. Corals are especially sensitive, but it applies to any coastal ecosystem because all marine life and plankton are very sensitive to chemicals.
Government and Regulators
We do not have a sustainable economy unless we have a sustainable environment. Governments and regulators have taken little to no action to mitigate climate change or protect our environment.
This is not their fault because most of the focus has been on carbon reduction and alternative energy, however in reality we are poisoning the environment with chemicals and destroying the biological mechanisms that can help to mitigate climate change.
By way of example, the use of pesticides has killed 80% of all flying insects over the last 30 years. We are now losing insects at a rate of 1% year on year, if we lose the insects, then agriculture and the terrestrial ecosystem will fail. We must stop using toxic persistent herbicides and pesticides and start farming in a responsible sustainable manner.
The coastal and Ocean ecosystem are also suffering, we have lost more than 50% of all phytoplankton, these are the plants that give us more than 70% of our oxygen and remove carbon dioxide, yet we are killing them at a rate of 1% year on year. In 25 years 80% will be dead, ocean pH will drop to 7.9 and there will be a cascade failure of the ocean ecosystem. If we lose the ocean ecosystem, then the terrestrial ecosystem will also fail and life on earth will become impossible.
Call to action stop polluting the land with herbicides and pesticides, stop discharging toxic chemicals into out rivers and install tertiary treatment on all industrial and municipal waste water treatment plants.
There can be no excuses, this has to be done, because if we lose the ocean ecosystem then nothing else will matter because there will be mass extinction of animals, plants as well as people.
Habitat and Biodiversity
Wetland, mangrove swamps and marsh lands are the only terrestrial ecosystem that are net producers of oxygen and CO2 sinks. They are responsible for 5 to 10 gigatons of CO2 sequestering per year and they must be preserved.
We must stop burning trees for clearing land for agriculture and start planting trees to create natural habitats for animals and plants. The burning of trees contributes 5 gigatons of carbon dioxide every year.
Some forest fires are caused by natural occurrences, however farming practices actually promote the risk of fires.
We must change the way forests are managed and planted to mitigate the risk of mass fires.