Nail polish? No, thank you!

I participated in a PowerShift 09 session entitled, “Women In The Toxic Industry.” It was a great session. For the longest time I thought I had to have money to be a part of the Green Revolution, and you know what? That’s not the case. I don’t have to have much money to help out in small ways that will add up and make a great difference.

The session used a simple product to illustrate a great point. They used nail polish- which by the way is highly toxic. They created a life cycle visual for us using the nail polish.
It went like this:
extraction – aluminum is extracted from the soil and the quality of the soil and of the food grown in the area affects us.
production – the aluminum is then taken to a factory where they process it and by doing this they release all kinds of toxic gases from the factory into the air.
distribution – this product is transported everywhere in diesel trucks that release more toxic gas into the air
usage – nail salons use massive amounts of nail polish. The workers (mainly women)inhale the fumes all day long, all week long, all year long. Many women work for years as nail techs inhaling these fumes that lead to health problems such as miscarriages, birth defects in their children, and cancer.
disposal – they end up in the garbage, landfill, and/or down the drains

During all these steps our natural resources are being exploited and or damaged. Chemicals and gases are being released into the air adding to our climate change problems and deteriorating our quality of life.

I never knew that nail polish was so toxic. I love taking care of myself and looking good but no nail polish for me thank you!

Katheryn Zapata, Reading, PA
Democracia USA participant to PowerShift 09

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