Did you know?
In the 1970’s hairsprays used to contain chemicals that were damaging for the ozone layer (also known as chlorofluorocarbons – CFCs).
In the late 1970’s, these chemicals were forbidden in the U.S. Other countries followed with 1987’s Montreal Protocol, an international agreement signed by 191 countries with the goal of banning ozone depleting chemicals.
Nowadays, most hairsprays contain propellants—such as hydrocarbons and compressed gases like nitrous oxide—that do not deplete the ozone layer.
However, it doesn’t mean they are good for the environment! They still contain compressed gases notorious for their contribution to global warming.
Every time you hit the button, you are raising your carbon footprint. In fact, aerosol sprays emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) a key component of asthma-inducing smog.
Many VOC’s can cause serious health problems, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the level of VOCs indoors is two to five times higher than the level outdoors.
What is the alternative? Choose non-aerosol sprays. They don’t contain compressed gases. Instead, they use a pumping mechanism versus a pressurized mist. Also, choose sprays containing natural and organic ingredients, with no hidden artificial fragrance and no plastics. Easy! 😉
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