Earth Day

What is Earth Day and why is it important? 

Earth Day is celebrated every 22nd April and has been so since 1970. Which means that Earth Day in 2021 is the 51st anniversary from when it began. The main aim of Earth Day is to raise awareness of the negative impact of our actions as mankind have on the environment and on Planet Earth as a whole.

Why is Earth Day important to the cosmetic industry?

The beauty industry has been criticized for the amount of waste they’ve created from the packaging to the ingredient sourcing. Good news is that brands (new and old) are putting the environment at the core of their mission, either changing their practices to reduce their carbon footprint or starting from scratch and making decisions based on what’s best for the environment. Therefore we follow “Recycle ~ Reuse ~ Repurpose” slogan and use glass instead of plastic. Lots of plastics end up in landfills; the majority are not biodegradable and we don’t any parts of it.

What does it mean for something to be biodegradable? In basic terms, the definition is simple:

If something is biodegradable, then, given the right conditions and presence of microorganisms, fungi, or bacteria, it will eventually break down to its basic components and blend back in with the earth. Ideally, but not always, these substances degrade without leaving any toxins behind.

For example, when a plant-based product might break down into carbon dioxide, water, and other naturally occurring minerals, the substance seamlessly mixes back into the earth, leaving no toxins behind. Unfortunately, many materials—even ones with a biodegradable label—do break down in a more harmful manner, leaving chemicals or other damaging substances in the soil.

In terms of environmental benefits, the best biodegradable material will break down quickly rather than taking years. It leaves nothing harmful behind and saves landfill space. 

Some items are obviously biodegradable. Examples include food scraps and wood that hasn't been treated with chemicals to resist bugs and rot. Many other items, such as paper, also biodegrade relatively easily. Some products will biodegrade eventually, but it may take years. This includes steel products, which eventually will rust through and disintegrate, and some plastics.

For more information about Earth Day click the link below:
https://www.earthday.org/history/ 

References:
https://www.thebalancesmb.com/how-long-does-it-take-garbage-to-decompose-2878033
https://www.thebalancesmb.com/what-does-biodegradable-mean-2538213
www.essenceofnature.eath
Personal Interview: Herbalist Tracie
https://www.scubadivingearth.com/what-is-earth-day-and-why-is-it-important-earth-day-2020-theme/
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

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