While the spotlight rightfully shines on the ban on single-use plastics in Canada, the environmental impact of silicones remains largely unspoken. From lotions and hair conditioners to makeup, nail polish, and even baby lotions, silicones have become ubiquitous in the cosmetics industry. It's time to unravel the intricacies of silicone's eco-toxicity, exploring its biodegradability concerns and shedding light on sustainable alternatives.
Although silicones may be naturally derived from sand, their process to synthesize them is incredibly eco-toxic. For this reason, none of our OBLOOM hair products contain them.
One of the paramount concerns surrounding silicones is their biodegradability – or lack thereof. While recent efforts have been made to filter out microplastics generated by the manufacturing and degradation of plastics, tackling the environmental footprint of silicones presents a unique challenge: Unlike plastics, silicones resist filtration and persist in our soil, water, and eventually, within our bodies.
The insidious nature of silicones raises questions about their long-term impact on
ecosystems and human health.
A quick scan of your product's ingredient list might reveal the presence of silicones, often concealed behind names ending in "cone," "siloxane," or "conol." Dimethicone, cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, cyclopentasiloxane – these are the silent culprits contributing to the eco-toxicity conundrum. As consumers, being informed about these sneaky additives empowers us to make conscious choices that align with both personal well-being and environmental sustainability.
Silicones used IN BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Here's a list of some of the most commonly used silicone ingredients in your cosmetics. Although cosmetic companies often reformulate their products to align with the latest trends, scientific advancements, and consumer demands, many have continued to use these silicones due to their cost-effectiveness. You can find some or many of these listed in your product's ingredient list:
C24-28 Alkyl Dimethicone
C30-45 Alkyl Dimethicone
C30-45 Alkyl Methicone
Nylon-12 and nylon-66
Bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane