Svaha Spirit Series ~ The Story of Cosmetics

I’m just going to say it – I have issues with my hormones right now.  I’m dealing with it.  I’m determined to normalize my hormones naturally; without the use of synthetic drugs.  I’m at the beginning of my treatment so I’ll have to let you know how it goes.  Through all of this, however, I discovered that certain substances in the food we eat and the products we lather ourselves with can have a detrimental effect on our hormone levels.  Interesting.  The video below did not come as a huge surprise to me then.

After seeing Annie Leonard’s latest “The Story of Stuff” series entitled “The Story of Cosmetics”, I began searching through pages and pages of Health Canada’s website to see if we in Canada are any safer than our southern neighbors.  The good news is, I think we are. The bad news is, I don’t think we are.  It sounds like our government is strict about what substances are allowed but then it gets really wishy-washy about what they consider are safe levels of toxins.  And when I really think about it, I just don’t believe that Pantene and Estee Lauder recreate their products and then import Canadians their safer versions.  Tell me if I’m wrong…please tell me I’m wrong.  I do think we should all question these products and as powerful consumers, we should demand safe ingredients for ourselves and our families.  Awareness is the first step.


The Story of Bottled Water

Yes, I know I’ve harped on this one before, but I just bought a plastic bottle of water at the gym recently and I need a way to purge myself of the guilt.  I do normally use a stainless steel bottle filled with water from home but my husband was using it and…blah blah blah.  There really is no excuse anymore.

I love this video for it’s simplicity and yet it’s full of valuable information.  For example, I didn’t realize so much of our “recycled” plastic bottles were being shipped all the way to India to pile up.  Geez, you think you are doing the right thing but…

So here is a little reminder to get us all back on track. For those of us who fall off the good-for-the-environment wagon now and then.  Besides, last Monday (when this video was released) was World Water Day and I missed it.  Better late than never!

Creator, Annie Leonard, also created the 20-minute film The Story of Stuff that takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the real costs of our consumer driven culture—from resource extraction to iPod incineration.  It has just been released as a book as well,  The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-and a Vision for Change Phew! Guess she didn’t want to leave anything out of the title so she threw it all in!

P.S.  Don’t forget to turn off all your lights tonight (March 27) at 8:30pm for one hour in honour of Earth Hour 2010!