Advances in technology have allowed scientists to identify chemical contaminants in bodies of water throughout the United States. In 2002, the first nationwide study of man-made chemicals including cosmetics, cleaning supplies and plastics, found hormones in 139 streams, with 80 percent testing positive for contamination. Several of the chemicals found are known or suspected of disrupting the hormone systems of both animals and people. Of these chemicals, only a small fraction have set regulations, or tests for toxicity.

To identify some of the sources of these hormone-disrupting chemicals, Environmental Working Group (EWG) and East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) researchers analyzed samples of wastewater from residential, commercial, and industrial sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. 18 of 19 wastewater samples examined contained at least 1 of 3 unregulated, widely-used hormone disruptors including phthalates, bisphenol A, and triclosan. Of the 3 samples, 2 samples contained all 3 substances.

Next time you purchase a cosmetic or beauty product, make sure to check its ingredients list for these harmful chemicals and substances, among others. Here are Restorsea, we’re proud to say that our products contain no parabens, PEGS, phthalates, silicone or mineral oil.

For more information on chemical contaminants in bodies of water, read Modern Cleaning’s article entitled, “Water pollution caused by cosmetic chemicals, cleaning supplies and plastics” here.

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