You deserve better. So does the planet.
You deserve an elevated cleansing experience. The planet deserves way more TLC than we’ve been giving it. With Take My Face Off® products, you can do give your skincare routine a luxurious boost without furthering your carbon footprint the way you would by using cotton or disposable wipes. Wondering why you should reduce your use of cotton and wipes? We have some sobering facts to explain. It’s not to rain on your parade (your parade should be filled with sunshine and rainbows and magic!) but to help you and the planet attain a more beautiful, fresher, and cleaner tomorrow!
“When marine wildlife eat plastic debris like wet wipes or discarded plastic bags, it just stays in the stomach of the animals and quite often they … die of starvation.”
— The Marine Conservation Society’s Charlotte Coombes, The Guardian
- Most disposable wipes contain plastic fibers which, over time, turn into microplastics that are harmful to marine life and the earth’s food chain.
- Every year, we produce as much plastic as the weight of all humans on the planet! Approximately half of this plastic production is meant for a single/disposable use, such as face wipes.
- 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean annually. Wipes make up a large and growing segment of this number.
- A recent cleanup effort at Kamilo Point, Hawaii, counted 84,000 pieces of microplastic in 11 square feet.
- A UK study showed that wipes are responsible for 93% of sewer blockages.
- Disposable wipes require large amounts of preservatives like parabens and formaldehyde to prevent the growth of bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungus. These ingredients are toxic and carcinogenic to wildlife, and marine life, and humans.
The bottom line: They might seem like convenient all-in-one staples for the makeup lover but disposable wipes leave traces of toxins on the skin and devastate our oceans and food chain.
“Cotton production also accounts for 18% of worldwide pesticide use and 25% of total insecticide use … Pesticides have been shown to not only harm the earth and its natural resources, but to also cause severe health problems like ADHD, weakened immune systems, and birth defects.”
— Amy Boone, This Tailored Life
- Cotton is the world’s dirtiest crop due to its heavy use of pesticides. These pesticides and waste from processing wind up in our water supply, while some residue remains on the cotton itself.
- In fact, the international non-governmental organization World Wide Fund for Nature lists inefficient and “dirty” agriculture as the world’s biggest environmental threat, with cotton as the number-one culprit.
- Child labor is common in the worldwide cotton industry. Often, these child laborers are directly involved in cotton pesticide application, usually with no protection at all.
- It takes 101 gallons of water to produce just one pound of cotton.
- Worldwide, cotton growers use 16% of the world’s pesticides. In the US, eight of the top 10 pesticides most commonly used in cotton production is classified as moderately to highly hazardous by the World Health Organization.
- The Aral Sea in Central Asia, once the fourth largest lake in the world, is now virtually gone, mainly due to cotton cultivation. Now 43 million tons of pesticide-laden dust is blown into the air each year, resulting in the highest rates of throat cancer in the world. It has been called one of the planet’s worst environmental disasters by the UN.
- While organic cotton is less toxic to the environment, it takes over twice as much water to produce than conventional cotton.
The bottom line: Cotton may be a natural fiber, but cotton production wreaks havoc on our environment.