The Drain Game

Re­duce your house­hold’s harm to the ocean, en­vi­ron­ment and ul­ti­mately hu­mans by avoid­ing prod­ucts that in­clude the fol­low­ing in­gre­di­ents:

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Mi­crobeads

Tiny bits of poly­eth­yl­ene (PE), poly­methyl methacry­late (PMMA), ny­lon, poly­eth­yl­ene tereph­tha­late (PET) and polypropy­lene (PP) – added to creams, soaps, tooth­paste as ex­fo­liants. Look for nat­u­ral al­ter­na­tives like apri­cot ker­nel, jo­joba beads or su­gar.

Ph­tha­lates

Used to scent prod­ucts and per­fumes – have been known to be found in fish sam­ples. The Food and Drug As­so­ci­a­tion does not re­quire com­pa­nies to list ph­tha­lates on prod­uct la­bel, so opt for fra­grance­free where pos­si­ble.

Sodium Lau­rel Sul­fate

Is used to give the ‘lather’ af­fect in many sham­poos and soaps. It’s been iden­ti­fied as an en­vi­ron­men­tal toxin by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Work­ing Group and is also a po­tent pes­ti­cide which can cause or­gan dam­age.

Parabens

Preser­va­tives found in many per­sonal care prod­ucts to stop bac­te­ria grow­ing. Parabens are known en­docrine dis­rup­tors, which can dis­rupt and al­ter re­pro­duc­tion and body func­tions.

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