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Nurturing For Better Tomorrow: Part 2

Nurturing For Better Tomorrow Part II

This post is the second part of the earlier post-Nurturing For Better Tomorrow. The cosmetic industry is expanding exponentially, perhaps quicker than the expansion of our universe. Rising demand for cosmetic products and expectations for a quick transformation or a promise for a cure has led to the rapid development of chemical-based products. These products have a longer shelf life and much cheaper to produce in bulk.

Molecules of similar chemical structures can be synthesized in a lab calling it artificially produced chemicals.

Chemical-based products end up in the natural environment once we wash them off our skin. From this point, these chemicals begin a disgraceful journey onto our planet.

This blog post will discuss the basics of chemicals, natural and artificial chemicals. In case you missed, part I of this blog series focuses on nature conservation and basic ways to save our planet. You can read part I here.

What is a Chemical?

A simple explanation of chemical would be any substance with an enduring bond or characteristic properties. One example would be pure water. No substance is 100% pure, but its purity is defined according to its purpose or use. [1,2]

When different chemical molecules are mixed, they form a separate substance, called a polymer. Chemicals typically react to light, temperature, and a combination of both.

When a chemical cannot be further broken down, it is called an element. Some examples include iron, copper, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen.

Natural and Synthetic Chemicals.

A natural chemical is one made by a natural process. Examples include water, plants, fruits, etc. The same chemical structure can be synthesized in a lab by studying and replicating a natural chemical. This “synthesized” chemical is known as “synthetic,” or “artificial,” or “engineered.”

If pure water from a river is an example of a natural chemical, then water molecules of similar chemical structures can be synthesized in a lab calling it artificially produced water.

The war between natural and synthetic chemicals, synthetic chemicals, and its harm to nature is well known. There is no meaningful difference between a natural and engineered chemical if molecular or elemental structures are identical. [3]

The Issue with Modified Substances.

Modern technology can modify the elements and create “new” chemical structures that suit our needs. These structures can have the same appearance, smell, and effect but are more tolerant of environmental or natural changes.

That is where the problem lies. A matter created or modified to withstand the natural decomposition process has to have elements that resist decomposition. Most natural substances are part of the food chain utilized by humans, animals, birds, sea creatures, and bacteria. Plants, trees, and other vegetation may use natural substances in the form of nourishment and fertilizer.

Now imagine a substance is modified or created to withstand decomposition but has the same appearance, smell, texture of an otherwise natural and edible substance. The food chain consumers (plants, animals, fish, and humans!) are not aware of the structural changes and may consume such substances as food.

Such modified substances will then have lasting and, more importantly, unpredictable effects on other living matters by altering their body/genetic composition. We then end up consuming some of those “unpredictably modified” structures in our food consumption.

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Disclaimer-This website and content, comment, writing, or authors/contributors/writers do not provide or suggest medical, legal, or professional advice, opinion, or service. The information shared on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Reference:

[1]  Hale, Bob (2013-09-19). Necessary Beings: An Essay on Ontology, Modality, and the Relations Between Them. OUP Oxford. ISBN 9780191648342Archived from the original on 2018-01-13.

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_substance

[3] Natural versus Synthetic Chemicals is Grey Matter. Dorea Reeser. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/natural-vs-synthetic-chemicals-is-a-gray-matter/#:~:text=Natural%20vs.,not%20be%20found%20in%20nature.

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Nurturing For Better Tomorrow : Part 1

Nurturing For Better Tomorrow

Introduction: Nurturing For Better Tomorrow.

Conservation efforts for our planet and its natural habitat are dating back to the late 1800s [1]. Simply put, this is a push towards utilizing natural resources in a manner that does not alter, spoil, or deplete.

Human endeavors to create a habitable world have impacted our planet with detrimental effects. Increased transportation and materials use led to the rapid destruction of forests, climate change, seawater, and marine environmental change.

Increased use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), chemicals to change color, taste, and consistency of cosmetics, makeup products, shower products, and food has increased the risk of various diseases in humans, including cancer. The use of potent chemicals to preserve food, cosmetics, and shower products causes multiple skin issues.

This series of blog posts focus on core values of natural conservation, ethical sourcing of supplies, sustainable manufacturing, responsible consumption, and post-consumption recycling.

We will also discuss simple ways to identify products sustainably made with natural resources. We will share tips on manufacturers’ efforts on reducing waste while providing quality products.

Consumer Conservation Ethic

All living creatures of this planet are a consumer of some sort. Those living in the developed and developing parts of the earth consume the most resources available to us. A well-informed consumer should utilize available resources with conservation in mind.

Former US president Theodor Roosevelt initiated a conservation ethic in the United States.

“The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem, it will avail us little to solve all others.”

– Theodor Roosevelt [2]

Use nature-derived products, conserve for a better tomorrow!

The “R” for Restoration.

Four “R” s express consumer conservation ethics: “Rethink, Reduce, Recycle, Repair.” [1] Several measures such as moral purchasing, ethical purchasing, sustainable and renewable resources, and preventing harm to air, soil, and water quality forms the basis of consumer conservation ethics.

Rethink

A recent biodiversity study with data from 2011 to 2020 published in Science magazine [3] demonstrated some increase in protected land and marine areas globally. Still, the resources to these areas remain low and increased social pressure. The scientists and conservationists propose various models to improve conservations using goal-based methods for 2021 to 2030 [4].

It is clear that assigning a piece of land or water as a protected area does not reduce human activity’s impact on natural resources. It is our responsibility to think of multi-faceted ideas to aid the sensible consumption of available resources. How do we do that?

A visual attraction forms the basis of modern marketing, whether online or in stores. Do you recollect stores offering virtual experience, in-room experience from appliances to shoes? This method is referred to as “visual merchandising” and has a significant impact on various products’ sales. [5]

Time to apply this science and “Rethink.” We buy numerous products packaged in shiny, attractive boxes and wraps. But, the box and the “protective wrap” go straight to the trashcan. No need to juggle, all of us have done it frequently! Even worse, how much of that thin plastic is recyclable?

Choose products that help reduce waste. It isn’t hard!

If a product were available without unnecessary boxes and wraps, you would prevent so much waste! Modern transportation can deliver products without excessive use of resources.

At Kusum Cosmetics, we promote conservation by reducing unnecessary packaging and creating efficient transportation methods to reduce waste. Instead of using attractive boxes and wraps, we choose to connect our clients by staying transparent on our bottling! More on labels and packaging here.

Reduce

Reducing the use of material that is not recyclable or biodegradable effectively practices natural conservation. Many cosmetic products use synthetic materials, chemically formulated pesticides, preservatives, acids, artificial colors, and fragrances.

Synthetic material is hard to change by natural methods and much cheaper when produced in bulk. Using such materials translates into increased shelf life and thus more profit for someone. However, these benefits come at the cost of ill effects on you and your loved ones’ skin and health.

Let everyone enjoy nature in its purest form!

Pillars of nature created Kusum Cosmetics. We promote naturally derived ingredients in their purest form and minimize the use of non-biodegradable materials. Our bottling material is recyclable, and we use naturally derived organic ingredients and preservatives. You can participate in nature conservation by replacing products made with natural ingredients. When used sensibly, natural ingredients are healthy, bio-friendly, and harmless to other components of nature.

Recycle

Recycling produces new material from processing waste material. This concept is not new; it has been a common practice for most human history [6] Industrial revolution has opened the avenue to effectively recycling various materials. Consumer participation on an individual level is vital for any recycling program to remain effective.

In other words, we, the consumers, must thoughtfully separate recyclable material and deposit according to local standards to support recycling programs. Many countries, states, and cities have adopted legislation that minimizes non-recyclable materials and promotes ways to increase recyclable material deposition. Trash collection agencies in various parts of the world provide labeled containers for organic waste (going to farmland as fertilizer), recyclable waste (going to recycling plant), and remaining waste (going for landfill/other disposition).

Recycling. Simple, easy, and effective.

Kusum Cosmetics participates in recycling by choosing suppliers that intend to use recyclable packaging and employing nearly 100% post-consumer recyclable materials for product packaging.

Repair

Think of gluing a torn paper! Plan to use our bottles in creative ways for as long as you can! This concept helps reduce strain on the ecosystem by reusing the same material in various ways to maximize efficiency. Consider reusing an empty bottle of shower gel by filling it with natural hand soap!

Best from Waste. Torn glove, used tape, discarded ribbon. Repaired with love!

How do you feel after reading through this brief discussion? Let us know. We hope that you found this post informative and useful. You can read Part 2 of this blog post here.

Disclaimer-This website and content, comment, writing, or authors/contributors/writers do not provide or suggest medical, legal, or professional advice, opinion, or service. The information shared on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Reference:

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature_conservation

[2] Leopold, A. (1966) A Sand County Almanac New York: Oxford University Press.

[3] Visconti P, Butchart SM, Brooks TM et al. Protected area targets post-2020. Science. Vol 364, Issue 6437, pp.239-241.

[4] Rethinking Conservation efforts for improved biodiversity. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190411145110.htm

[5] https://www.orderhive.com/visual-merchandising-affect-store-sales

[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recycling

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Organic Cosmetics

organic cosmetics

Key Insights

  • “Organic” Explained.
  • Organic Lifestyle.
  • The Case for Organic Cosmetics.
  • Features of Organic Cosmetics.
  • How to Spot Organic Cosmetics.
  • Your Contribution to nature.
  • Summary.

What is Organic Meaning?

A simple definition of Organic would be any substance derived from a living matter. A broader definition of Organic would be any substance derived from a living thing without synthetic chemicals, engineered processes, and unnatural habitat.

The Organic Lifestyle.

Organic means food material for most people. However, eating organically derived foods, living a least burdensome lifestyle, and conserving energy is part of a natural lifestyle.

How can we help the environment by using organic cosmetics? How do I spot natural products?

Are you excited? Keep reading.

The Case for Organic Cosmetics

Chic Hair Bath

The market for Cosmetics and Beauty industry grows by five percent every year. There is ever increasing demand for skin care and beauty products due to increasing population, awareness, and desire. The industry cannot meet this demand by using only natural elements. Therefore, synthetic chemicals that simulate the effects of naturally occurring substances are extensively used in making cosmetics, beauty, and skincare products. These are produced in mass, cost less, and have a longer shelf life, a win-win for the manufacturer! The extensive use of synthetic chemicals in food, skincare, and the environment surrounding us is known to increase the risk of ill health.

Features of Organic Cosmetics.

Green Scrub

Organic cosmetic products use naturally occurring substances and gentle preservatives. These provide natural effects and help you take good care of your skin and hair in the most natural form.

How to Spot Organic Cosmetics.

Serene Face Cleanser

It is a common belief to accept a product as “natural” or “organic” because the front label reads “all-natural,” or the company has the word “organic” in its name.

We suggest reading the entire product label carefully. More information on product labels are here, and here. You will be surprised how quickly you can spot ingredients, preservatives, and sourcing of the ingredients, just by reading the entire label. Reading the product label takes less than a minute and worth it. Make an effort.

Organic cosmetics generally use natural oils, butter, fragrances, and food-grade preservatives. Organic ingredients are marked with asterisks (*) symbol and explained as “Organic” or “USDA Certified Organic” at the end of the ingredients section. The products that have a single ingredient may carry a “Certified Organic,” “USDA Certified Organic,” or similar certification. Finally, the website of the manufacturer has additional information on their products, ingredients, sourcing methods.

Organic Cosmetic companies may use Cruelty-Free, or No Animal Testing policy, Vegan contents, ethical sourcing of their materials, and avoid harsh chemicals in their products.

Your Contribution to Nature.

When you purchase organic cosmetic products, you contribute to preserving natural cultivation, ethical farming, and responsible sourcing. As the demand for organic products grows, such contributions have a significant impact on conserving nature. There is nothing better than leaving beautiful earth for our generations!

Summary

Organic living is more than eating something that is labeled “organic” in some way. Adapting to a natural lifestyle and its principles helps you live better and conserve nature. Organic cosmetics reduce harmful impact on you and the environment by using naturally occurring substances and preservatives.

How do you feel after reading through this brief discussion? Let us know. We hope that you found this post informative and useful.

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Leaving Your Happy Nest: Evolve from Engineered to Natural.

Leaving Your Happy Nest

Key Insights:

  • Fundamental Distinction.
  • Why Change?
  • Essential Evaluation of Contents.
  • Setting Reasonable Expectations.
  • Summary.

Wow! It smells amazing. The product is smooth and sank into my skin right away. The fragrance lasted all day. Of course, it displayed at the forefront. This impression is reasonable. But, let us dig deeper to see how and why.

Fundamental Distinction.

Every substance, natural or engineered, is a chemical, after all. Nature creates elements in a slow and controlled fashion. Engineered items are produced with the intention of mass production and quicker supply. One example is a high concentration of a chemically generated fragrance that lasts all day.

Why Change?

The effects produced by natural substances on our skin are generally well tolerated. Cosmetic products created using natural elements produce subtle but effective results and provide long-term benefits.

Essential Evaluation of Contents.

A quick review of product contents is sufficient to identify the amount of natural and engineered substances. Look for common and familiar names. The elements produced organically are marked with an asterisk (*). We cover this in detail here.

Setting Reasonable Expectations.

Naturally cultivated substances tend to have subtle fragrance in standard concentration. One may expect a natural product to smell far less than the one with synthetic fragrance. This adaptation takes time, but in return, you will have satisfying results.

Summary.

Staying close to nature is a fundamental principle in good quality skincare. Understand the distinction between engineered and natural substances and prefer natural elements where possible. Setting reasonable expectations when making a switch is crucial.

How do you feel after reading through this brief discussion? Let us know. We hope that you found this post informative and useful.

Disclaimer-This website and content, comment, writing, or authors/contributors/writers do not provide or suggest medical, legal, or professional advice, opinion, or service. The information shared on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.