Content tagged “toxics”

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  • Dibutyl Phthalate

    Dibutyl phthalate (pronounced thal-ate), or DBP, is used mainly in nail products as a solvent for dyes and as a plasticizer that prevents nail polishes from becoming brittle. Phthalates are also used as fragrance ingredients in many other cosmetics, but consumers won't find these listed on the label. More »

    Issues » Toxics

  • DEA

    DEA (diethanolamine) and DEA compounds are used to make cosmetics creamy or sudsy. DEA is mainly found in moisturizers and sunscreens, while cocamide and lauramide DEA are found in soaps, cleansers, and shampoos. More »

    Issues » Toxics

  • Siloxanes

    These silicone-based compounds are used in cosmetics to soften, smooth, and moisten. They make hair products dry more quickly and deodorant creams slide on more easily. They are also used extensively in moisturizers and facial treatments. Siloxanes can also be found in medical implants, water-repelling windshield coatings, building sealants and lubricants. More »

    Issues » Toxics

  • BHA and BHT

    BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are closely related synthetic antioxidants that are widely used as food preservatives. In cosmetics, these chemicals perform a similar function by prolonging shelf-life. BHA and BHT are widely used in lipsticks and lotions/moisturizers, among other products. More »

    Issues » Toxics

  • Tomorrow Today: How Canada can make a world of difference

    Tomorrow Today: How Canada can make a world of difference, issued by the country's 11 largest environmental and conservation organizations offers practical directions for addressing the number one concern for Canadians — the state of the environment. The groups' recommendations centre on climate change, energy use, food production, toxic substances, water, forests and oceans. More »

    Publications » Reports

  • Radon: The Unfamiliar Killer

    This short report outlines a series of recommendations for strengthening Canadian radon guidelines to reduce the health risks associated with exposure to one of the most toxic sources of indoor air pollution in Canada. More »

    Publications » Reports

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