Saturday, January 16, 2010

Lead In Lipsticks Warning is a HOAX

The email circulated goes as follows:

Something to consider next time you go shopping for Lipstick……

This comes from someone who works in the breast cancer unit at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Recently a lipstick brand called ‘ Red Earth’ decreased their prices from $67 to $9.90. It contained lead.

Lead is a chemical which causes cancer.
The lipstick brands that contain lead are:

RED EARTH (Lip Gloss)
CHANEL (Lip Conditioner)

The higher the lead content, The greater the chance of causing cancer. After doing a test on lipsticks, it was found that the Y.S.L. Lipstick Contained the most amount of lead.

Watch out for those lipsticks which are supposed to stay longer. If your lipstick stays longer, it is because of the higher content of lead.

Here is the test you can do yourself:
1. Put some lipstick on your hand.
2. Use a Gold ring to scratch on the lipstick.
3. If the lipstick color changes to black, Then you know the lipstick contains lead.

This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Dioxin Carcinogens cause cancer, especially breast cancer!"

The current version of the email claims that the information originates from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. However, this claim is highly suspect. There is no mention of such a warning published on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center website.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Shame H&M & Walmart!

Unreal. We were completely speechless and heartbroken at not just the complete lack of environmental awareness but in these difficult times a disregard for our fellow human beings in need.

Cut off fingers from gloves? How heartless can retailers be?

Thanks to one of my fabulous clients for giving us the heads up about this atrocity.

Shame Shame!

'Cynthia Magnus with mutilated clothing she found on West 35th Street last month. She said she was appalled by the waste.'

A Clothing Clearance Where More Than Just the Prices Have Been Slashed

As Masibvo wrote us "I don't know what is more upsetting about this story. What they are (and are not) doing or the customers response to the issue. Most seem to be of the thought that they are glad the clothes are not donated since they would not want to see a homeless individual in the same article of clothing as they have. I hope that this is the younger customers that hold this attitude, and they will be taught that it is a horrible way to think about your fellow citizens in need.

This is just another reason to buy vintage and support small business!"

We will never ever discard a clothing item, always give away and donate, never in the landfill.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Recycle your Holiday Lights and cards!

Worthy of a re post.

Once again, Im seeing post after post on CL "Come get my lights or they go in the garbage"

I try to reply to those messages by informing the OP that if no one picks up their lights there are other alternatives!

Almost every household has a string or two or three, like mine, of broken lights. Those strings you don't know what to do with.

You change one bulb, two, three, change the fuse and nothing happens, you get frustrated and add it to the pile. Instead of throwing them in the trash a few organizations including charities, recycle incandescent light strings. These places take the light strings apart and recycle most of the parts like the copper, glass and plastic.

Why have that stuff leeching pollutants into the earth when the materials could be used again?

Google 'recycle Christmas lights and your zip code' for drop off locations in your area.

In my city of Seattle I can take my lights to Whole Foods & Woodland Park Zoo.

treehuggervintage informed us that Walmart in St. Louis, started taking old holiday lights this year.

If you are unable to recycle your lights in your area you can mail them.

This program recycles your lights and benefits children plus give a 10% discount on purchases.


Recycle Christmas Lights for the Kids Campaign

Another program:

They send you a coupon for 15% off on purchases.
Attn: Recycling Program
2500 W. Argyle St.
Jackson, MI 49202

Please post this information on your blogs, let everyone you know there is a better way to dispose of those light strings.

Want your Christmas & Holiday cards to go to a good cause?

Instead of throwing out or recycling your holiday cards-- donate them to St. Jude's Ranch for Children-- the kids use them to create new cards and sell.

May you all have a happy and green holiday season!

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