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 sunscreen. If we eliminate the following toxic chemicals we could save the Oceans and reverse climate change, everyone has the power to effect change, just by making the right decisions
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.
What you can do…
- Don’t use toxic cosmetics and sun-block
- Buy organic food,
- Wear clothes from natural fibres
- Plant as many trees as possible
- protect wetlands, marshes, peat bogs, mangrove swamps and seagrass
- Lobby governments to properly treat municipal wastewater
- Stop atmospheric pollution
- Green Chemistry, make your own soap and cleaning products
Toxic cosmetics and household products
These chemicals are not only horribly toxic to most marine life, they cause birth defects in children (Herspring disease), they can cause serious allergic reactions, they are endocrine disruptors which means they mess-up your hormone balance. They also act in a similar way to Prozac depressants and are carcinogenic. You may think that companies selling cosmetics and skin care products actually consider these points and would never knowing sell anything so dangerous or toxic, well this is not the situation.
Found in Sun Screen and over 4000 different cosmetics and personal care products
Personal Care Products
- Oxybenzone – also called BP3, benzonephenone-3, Milestab 9, Eusolex 4360, Escalol 567, Kahscreen BX-3 a hormone-disrupting UV filter.
- Octylmethoxycinnnamate also called, Octinoxate, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Eusolex 2292, Uvinul MC80
- Octinoxate – a hormone-disrupting UV filter, often found in sunscreens, that goes by the name 2-ethylhexyl 4-methoxycinnamate
- Plastic microbeads
- Butylated hydroxytoluene – an endocrine disruptor (EDC),
- Butylparaben – an endocrine-disrupting preservative
- Triclosan – a much-debated antibacterial substance
Organic food herbicides and pesticides
Organic food should be free of herbicides and pesticides, for example most of the wheat used to make bread comes from Canada and America, they use glyphosate at the time of harvest to desiccate or dry the wheat so that it can be harvested quicker. Glyphosate is a weed killer, and is highly carcinogenic, yet it is probably in most of our bread.
Pesticides are also highly carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic meaning that they will serious damage unborn children or make it impossible to have children. Chemicals such as neonicotinoides have wiped out 80% of all insects, especially flying insects and pollinators. This means that agriculture is going to crash in about 20 years. Governments know about this but seem to be incapable to doing anything.
Mammals such as humans dump toxic waste into the unborn foetus, or in mothers milk. The first born child is most at risk, because they get the full load of chemicals from the mother. For the last 50 years children have been born with increasing loads of toxic chemicals. By way of example, 50 years ago maybe 1% of children had respirator damage and asthma, now it is 25%. 50 years ago 1 in 5 of us would get cancer, now it's 50% or more. For the first time in perhaps 100 years, life expectancy is now dropping in Europe and N.America
So for your own benefit, for your families health and for the future of the planet, try and go vegetarian and as organic as possible to avoid food containing herbicides, pesticides and fungicides.
Clothes from cotton and natural fibres
The textile industry is responsible for 10% of the worlds toxic waste water, it has destroyed the environment in countries such as Bangladesh, and parts of India and China. The waste enters rivers and eventually the Oceans, so we are all impacted. The textile industry also use around 10% of all the energy on the planet. We must stop "Fast Fashion" and try and buy clothes that last, or can be repaired. Textiles often contain colour fast light filters such as Oxybenzone, the same chemical that is in Sunscreen. When the clothes are dumped into landfill sites, the toxic chemical leach out back into our rivers.
Dr.Howard Dryden at Goes Foundation developed a wastewater treatment system which was installed in Dhaka Bangladesh. The technology to treat the water properly with zero impact on the environment is available as Open Source free of charge from www.DrydenAqua.com . The technology to treat landfill leachate is also available as free Open Source.
We must reduce fast fashion. in addition we simply should not buy clothes made from plastic fibres, especially fleeces. When these garments are washed, they release billions of micro fibres in the laundry wastewater. The fibres are not removed by wastewater treatment systems and they enter the sea. Every fibre will kill a plankton and this is one of the main reasons, why the Oceans are dying at a rate of 1% year on year. We the public are responsible, if we stop using the products then industry will stop making them.
Habitat and Biodiversity
Mature forests such as the Amazon rainforest do not produce oxygen or remove carbon dioxide because they are in balance, they produce oxygen and remove carbon when trees are growing, some carbon is also locked out in the black soil. However when trees die or are burnt to clear the land, they release the same amount of carbon sequestered when they were alive. They are ecologically critical, for the climate by producing clouds, but the the peat bogs and marsh lands of Scotland and Ireland sequester much more carbon dioxide and produce more oxygen than the Amazon.
Any location where plant material falls into water and does not decompose are essential for carbon fixation, this includes; wetland, mangrove swamps and marsh lands, they are the only part of the terrestrial ecosystem that are net producers of oxygen and carbon dioxide banks. They are also responsible for 3Giga tonnes of CO2 sequestering per year and they must be preserved. Currently nature remove about 24 Giga tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually. It is usually report that the oceans remove 50%, but we think it is closer to 90%.
Protect you local marshlands, peat bogs, wetlands and mangrove swamps, they are all endangered and are absolutely critical for wildlife biodiversity and our very survival on this planet.
Burning of forests
Trees and mature forests are in balance, they are not net producers of oxygen or sequester carbon dioxide. However trees produce a chemical called DMS dimethyl sulphide, this is completely natural and normal, and is instrumental in seeding clouds, the clouds reflect heat from the sun and give the planet shade. Also if we plant billions of trees and dont cut them down, at least for the next 100 years or more, they will remove a massive amount of carbon dioxide and will help to clean our air. Why do we need to invent machines to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere when we can simply plant trees?
It is absolutely critical that we stop burning trees to clear land for agriculture and start planting trees to create natural habitats for animals and plants. The burning of trees contributes 5 Giga tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, this is more than the textile industry. The burning of trees is therefore the second largest polluter of our planet, after the petrochemical industries Some forest fires are caused by natural occurrences, however farming practices actually promotes the risk of fires, we must change the way forests are managed and planted to mitigate the risk of fire storms.
Forest managed properly, can also change the soil, and this can also become a carbon bank.
Save our trees, plant as many as possible and don't burn them down
Most of the municipal wastewater in Europe, North America and developed countries is treated to a secondary stage, this means that the water is biological treated and decanted. The systems allow toxic chemicals and microplastics to pass into the rivers and oceans. In addition whenever there is heavy rain, most of the water treatment is by-passed and raw sewage is discharged. You may think that wastewater is treated to a high standard, but in reality this is not the situation. Since the chemical and plastic revolution starting in the early 1950's the technology to treat wastewater hasn't changed and most of the systems are incapable of removing toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals or plastic. Only about 10% of the wastewater treatment systems are fitted with tertiary treatment and less than 1% with AOP system to remove toxic chemicals.
If we were to treat all wastewater to a very high standard using tertiary treatment and AOP, we would eliminate most of the toxic chemicals and micro-plastics entering our oceans and this would be more than 50% of the battle against climate change. The added bonus is that we have a much cleaner and safer rivers, oceans and drinking water, and the one-off cost would be less than 100 Euro per person.
Around 80% of the world has no municipal wastewater treatment of raw sewage, we advocate the Eden Cycle system, or similar technology. The system eliminates pollution, recycles all the wastewater and produces fish and organic food. Total cost to eliminate pollution and provide most of the world with clean drinking water, approx 4 trillion Euro. This is a huge sum of money, but it is still 50% less than the cost of Covid.
Industry around the world is responsible for making toxic chemicals, plastics and pharmaceuticals however we are all complicit in this act. Given the right information we can make informed buying decisions, government also have a responsibility and should not allow industry to make toxic for ever chemicals. We all need chemical products, but in most cases there are environmentally safe alternatives that are in many cases better and a lower cost. Industry just makes products that sell well and make money.
We are not against the manufacture of chemical but there is huge scope for Green Chemistry to make products that have zero impact on the environment. For example natural products can be used instead of micro-plastic beads in cosmetics. And natural vegetable products and minerals using zinc oxide can be used in sun-screen.
We must stop buying toxic chemical products and industry must stop their manufacture, governments take too long to make decisions, you need to make your own decisions. Once very simple thing you can do is to make your own soap, shampoo and cleaning products, it is really easy and very low cost. click here to find out how to make soap and liquid cleaner