Thursday, April 21, 2011

Earth Day Giveaway - There's Lead in Your Lipstick - Gillian Deacon

April 22 is Earth Day. To celebrate, A Bookworm's World is thrilled to be hosting a giveaway with author Gillian Deacon. Her book There's Lead in Your Lipstick is a real eye opener. (Watch for my review on Monday)

A special Earth Day message from Gillian Deacon:

"Earth day shouldn't just be an annual tip of the hat to greener living. This year, make it the day you recalibrate your everyday patterns to be more earth-friendly all year long.
You don't have to be a treehugger to care about avoiding toxins in your everyday bodycare. Synthetic chemicals in personal care products contaminating groundwater and wildlife is alarming enough—but they’re also contaminating us. Those hard-to-read ingredients you squint at on the back of a product label? They’re building up inside your body and in your children’s bodies—on Earth Day and everyday.

Make today the day you start paying attention to that fine print. Turn a product over and read the ingredients label before you are seduced by the “green” imaging on the package. The good news is, there are lots of safer products on the market.

Good luck and I hope you’ll check out There’s Lead in Your Lipstick for more ideas on how to clean up your act!" 
Deacon's book is full of startling information. Here's one quick excerpt to give you an idea...

"The Real Cost of Cosmetics

There’s a reason why these more healthful options are usually more expensive. Most conventional cosmetic manufacturers use parabens to preserve the ingredients, claiming it is a necessary evil. Parabens are estrogenic, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, which means they mimic natural estrogen and can wreak havoc on your hormones. When your hormones are out of whack you can experience mood swings, irregular menstruation, skin irritations, and other troubling symptoms. Parabens are also potentially carcinogenic."

(From There’s Lead in Your Lipstick by Gillian Deacon (Penguin Canada). Copyright © Backbone Inc. FSO Gillian Deacon, 2011)

One lucky reader is going to win a fantastic prize! A copy of There's Lead in Your Lipstick AND an Eco Kiss kit from Saffron Rouge!

Open to Canada only. To be entered, leave me a green tip of any kind. Ends Saturday May 7th at 6 pm EST. Good luck!


momtodc said...

My green tip is to walk or bike more places. it's good for the environment and your health!


PoCoKat said...

My green tip is to recycle everything you can. My community now allows table scraps including meat in with the green waste pick up.

pocokat AT gmail DOT com

Zoƫ said...

tuck a small reusable bag in your purse incase you do any unexpected shopping!


traveler said...

Composting is invaluable and helpful. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Charleydog said...

If you are just printing for your own use and do own a laser printer, reverse the sheet of paper and print on both sides.


speck135les said...

my green tip is use double paned windows to help keep your heating and cooling costs financially and ecologically down speck135les at yahoo

petite said...

Bring your own canvas bags with you to the library, and grocery store. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Glogirl said...

My green tip is to use reusable water bottles, snack containers, "real" cutlery and a reusable lunch bag for a completely litterless lunch. This small step will really help to cut down on unnecessary plastic waste.


ikkinlala said...

My green tip is to share things like tools when you can - sometimes not everyone needs their own, and sharing, if you have people who are willing to participate, saves both space and resources (renting is also a possibility for some things).

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

Geo said...

I know it's simple; but, read labels and ask questions.

Sadie Says said...
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Sadie Says said...

I used to use tinfoil to line my bakeware when baking fish or meat in the oven (easier to clean!). But now I use parchment paper. It works great and isn't quite so hard on the environment.

sister_know at yahoo dot com

TriciaD said...

My green tip is to recycle

pdiffy at liberty dot edu

Unknown said...

My green tip is to always remember to bring a big bag and extra canvas bags with you when shopping so that you don't need to take any plastic bags from stores.


rubynreba said...

Get energy efficient appliances.