5 Personal Care Ingredients That Seriously Mess with the Environment

5 Personal Care Ingredients That Seriously Mess with the Environment

While awareness around the impacts of personal care ingredients on human health has increased over the years, the effects of what happens to your skincare and haircare when they wash down the drain are less known. Many of the ingredients that we think are great for our skin and hair can actually wreak havoc on the environment, and in turn, on you. Below are 5 ingredients that you won't find in Alder New York Products that seriously mess with the environment. 


While silicones are great at making skin feel smooth and keeping frizz at bay in haircare products, their impact on aquatic life is pervasive. Siloxanes, a type of silicone often found in personal care products, have been found in bodies of water in North America's Lake Pepin and Lake Erie. They were also present in aquatic life meaning that your next filet of fish might be served with a side of cyclotetrasiloxane.


BHA and BHT are popular preservatives used in the food and personal care industry to prevent oils from oxidizing and going bad. You'll find them often in lipsticks and moisturizers and have already been linked to hormone disruption. They also bioaccumulate in aquatic life causing morphological deformities.


Phthalates are used in a variety of industries including the personal care industry to reduce the brittleness of certain substances. Dibutyl phthalate or DBP is most commonly used in nails polish. It's already known as a hormone disruptor but it's also effecting aquatic populations by altering the behavior and development of many fish species. 


Oxybenzone is a chemical suncreen that's effective at protecting our skin from UV ray damage. It's also extremely effective at destroying coral reefs. A study concluded that concentrations as low as the equivalent of 1 drop of water in 6 1/2 Olympic sized swimming pools is harmful to coral populations. 

Triclocan & Triclocarban

Triclosan and triclocarban are antibacterial ingredients that can be found in toothpastes, deodorants, soaps, and other household goods. They have been deemed hormone disrupters and responsible for promoting the creation of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Yikes!

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