5.23 // Three Things That Need Your Attention This Week

We’re already nearing the middle of the year, and are astonished at the amount of support coming our way, both for our company, where we make beautiful products safer, and also for our mission, which is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. We share that mission with a lot of other great companies and organizations, like the EWG, who included our brand-new sunscreens in their best sunscreens of 2014 guide. We’re also thrilled by the ban of dangerous and harmful triclosan in Minnesota. We are starting to see the ripple effect made by people who care. We hope these three stories will catch your attention, too.

May 23 Important Article Roundup

The report

The upcoming long weekend is our unofficial summer welcome. That means the inevitable influx of outdoor play is just around the bend. We’re ecstatic to announce the addition of two new sunscreen products to the Beautycounter line-up that will keep you protected all year long.

The Action

We’d like to introduce our Protect All Over Sunscreen, a mineral-based, SPF 30 formula that we made with you and your family in mind. Our Protect All Over Sunscreen is water-resistant and works for both everyday use or raucous beach days. It’s been touted by the Environmental Working Group as one of the Best Sunscreens of 2014, and we’re incredibly honored to be amongst such wonderful company. Protect you and your family this summer by reading through the Campaign for Sun Safety (a thorough report that disproves everything from high SPF safety to how children are most effected by a sunburn).

The report

Think that farm-to-table is infallibly sustainable? Think again. Dan Barber’s award-winning new book Third Plate examines what it means to create a pattern of eating that lets soil recover, while harvesting agriculture and sourcing meat in a truly sustainable way.

The Action

Those heirloom tomatoes? They may be delicious, but they require a huge amount of energy to grow. Without rotating in other less popular foods like buckwheat, barley, and mustard greens, those tomatoes are essentially stripping an excessive amount of water and nutrients from the soil. Listen to the six-minute long radio interview with author Dan Barber, and learn how he thinks chefs can have a hand in changing the way our country’s broken agriculture system might begin to function properly again.

The report

Minnesota is officially the first state to ban triclosan from their retail personal care products. Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill that makes Minnesota the first state to prohibit use of the ingredient that has been shown to potentially disrupt hormones critical for reproduction and development in lab animals.

The Action

We are staunch believers in avoiding tricolosan in personal care products at all costs. It’s on our Never List (obviously), and we go through great lengths to make sure that there is no triclosan in any of our products. Steer clear of anti-bacterial soaps and body washes—there is no scientific proof that it’s any more effective than washing with simple soap and hot water.