4.10 // Three Things That Need Your Attention

Swimming through all the causes out there can be a challenge—it’s difficult to decide where to put our attention, and even where to put our dollars. And then, there’s the nagging question of priority: Should we concentrate on ocean pollution, spend time thinking about GMOs, or throw advocacy behind developmental disorders? In this new series, we’ll be corralling three news articles that are making waves at Beautycounter Headquarters with the hopes that they’ll catch your attention, too. Little by little, we can work towards leaving this world a little bit better for our kids.

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The Report

A recent USA Today story cited a staggering statistic about the number of women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in a story titled “More Breast Cancer Survivors Opting for Reconstruction“. The excerpt reads: “According to the American Cancer Society, 235,030 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and 40,430 will die from the disease. For survivors who undergo a mastectomy, life after cancer can be especially hard, mentally and physically, as they deal with a new body image.”

The Action

Educate and protect yourself and your family from parabens, a preservative that has been found in biopsy samples from breast tumors.

The Report

EWG President Ken Cook announced during his recent TED talk that the environmental health research and advocacy organization is working towards launching a food database to be released this fall, in line with their well-regarded Skin Deep database and mobile app.

The Action

Watch and share this video to spread excitement around this tool that will help the consumer identify the problems with our current food system.

The Report

Journalist Craig Melvin wrote a story directly contradicting the pervasive overworked and overwrought mentality in the corporate workplace called “Take it from a new dad: why we need paternity leave.” Melvin’s reason for the rebellion: He is a new father who wishes he took a little more time off to spend with his newborn son (MSNBC paid for two weeks of paternity leave). The takeaway: Work-life balance is becoming increasingly difficult to master and prioritizing work before relationships is not necessarily the best path for success or our society.

The Action

Some additional reading making its rounds in the office is Brigid Schulte’s book Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, which reminds us to take a breath and rediscover leisure time (and in the process, our humanity).