Recently, environmentalists have begun to question the ecological risks of using certain ingredients in skin care and other personal care products. The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) hosted a conference November 1-5, 2015 to define the risks of using natural ingredients (Cosmetics Design). Amongst the statements:
Natural Ingredients are Not Always Sustainable
Unless natural products clearly state that they are “fair trade” or otherwise sourced responsibly, they may hurt the environment more than synthetic ingredients safely produced in a lab.
According to the former head research scientist at Estee Lauder, Jules Zecchino: “Everyone looks for natural products, but natural products deplete the environment. If we had to capture snails and milk them of their venom, we would completely deplete their species off of the coast of Australia.”
Many companies do not support responsibly sourcing natural ingredients, or replacing the plants or animal extracts after they use them.
Triclosan May Harm the Environment
Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent used in many beauty and personal care products, ranging from antibacterial hand soaps to toothpaste. In 1997, the FDA reviewed the efficacy of triclosan in certain toothpastes, and revealed triclosan in this product was effective in preventing gingivitis.
Numerous studies have shown Triclosan is effective in controlling bacterial growth of many species, including the very-hard-to-control MRSA (Journal of Hospital Infection, 2006). As such, Triclosan is now incorporated up to 2% in kitchen trash bags, carpet padding, and some toys.
However, a 2010 study in Aquatic Toxicology found Triclosan inhibits the growth of algae, which help to regulate the air by undergoing a large part of earth’s photosynthesis. Triclosan has also been found to degrade slowly, as it has been found in this study to be a part of sediment that was 30 years old.
Amino Acids are Safe for the Environment
Although 11 of the amino acids are naturally found in your body, and all 20 can be found in natural food products, amino acid skin care is still safe for the environment. This is because advanced scientists like those at AminoGenesis know that synthetically-produced amino acids are EXACTLY the same in form and function as naturally-sourced amino acids. In fact, they may even be better, because synthetically-produced amino acids are purified and tested for quality and safety purposes. No plants, plant extracts, animals, or animal products are sourced or harmed in the process.
Based on this research, while some skin care ingredients may be harmful for the environment, amino acids are not one of them. We recommend using purified amino acids, such as those in all of our AminoGenesis products in the classic black packaging.