Week 17 – Buy natural, organic body lotion

After a ROUGH week of work, I needed an easy green change.  Therefore, my green change was to buy natural, organic lotion.  I picked the Aloe Unscented version of Avalon ImageOrganics Hand and Body Lotion.  It is 70% organic and does not use synthetic fragrances, phthalates, sulfates, or parabens.  These chemicals must be manufactured which leads to increased carbon emissions and other pollution.  Furthermore, using natural lotion is healthier for you (especially in the case of parabens which have been linked to cancer).

In addition to saying how good the lotion is and how Avalon supports sustainable agriculture, the lotion bottle also says, “Our products are vegetarian”.  Now this confused me.  Since when does lotion eat meat?  What kind of person (vegetarian or not) would eat lotion?  Then I thought, well it must be made without animal products.  But then wouldn’t it say “vegan”?  The true answer comes from the Avalon website: “Our products contain no meat or by-products of animal killing.”  It is not vegan because they can use animal by-products if the animal was not killed.  Now I can say that I use vegetarian lotion and I’ll actually know what that means.

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