Blue Beauty Part 2
I wrote first part of this blog post a while back, please see here
"Blue Beauty" refers to a growing trend in the cosmetic industry of developing and promoting beauty products that are formulated to minimize their impact on marine life and the ocean environment. This often involves using sustainable, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free ingredients that don't harm aquatic animals and their habitats. The goal of "Blue Beauty" is to reduce the harm caused by traditional beauty products and help preserve the health of our oceans and their inhabitants.
Synthetic surfactants are a type of ingredient commonly used in personal care and cosmetic products, such as shampoos, body washes, and facial cleansers. They work by reducing the surface tension of water and allowing it to spread more easily over the skin or hair, helping to clean and moisturize.
However, when these products are washed down the drain and into the ocean, synthetic surfactants can have a negative impact on marine life and the environment. Some surfactants can be toxic to aquatic organisms, affecting their growth, reproduction, and overall health. In addition, surfactants can break down the protective slime layers on the skin of some aquatic animals, making them more susceptible to disease and predation.
Another concern is that synthetic surfactants can contribute to the formation of ocean "dead zones" by promoting the growth of harmful algal blooms. Algal blooms can deplete the oxygen in the water, killing fish and other marine life, and creating conditions that are unfavorable for the growth of other aquatic organisms.
To reduce the harm caused by synthetic surfactants, some companies are developing alternative, eco-friendly surfactants made from natural, biodegradable ingredients. These surfactants are formulated to be gentle on the skin and hair, while also being safe for the environment.
What other ingredients can harm marine lives?