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Chemicals in Personal Care Products

Looking after an infant is hard work and baby wipes are convenient. However, due to the fragility of an infant’s skin, parents need to be conscious of the chemicals, preservatives and ingredients that are used in personal care. The questions that parents should be asking are – what is in the product? Does my child have skin sensitivities? How good is this product for my child’s health? Is this product harmful to the environment? (Read More)

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Information on the skin

Smooth as a baby’s bottom is a well known idiom to describe how soft and precious the skin of an infant can look and feel. This is because the skin is new and delicate. It can be up to 30% thinner than the skin of an adult, and more susceptible to bacteria, viruses and UV damage. The immunity and health of an infant increases as it develops. The skin is incredibly important which is why we need to understand the skin, how to protect the skin, and what is in personal care products used on your babies skin. (Read More)

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What is recycling?

High-income countries such as New Zealand typically consume beyond their means. The global changes to recycling has left New Zealand with a surplus of rubbish. China, until December 2017, was at the centre of the global trade of scrap material, and for years was purchasing countries’ waste, recycling the waste and creating recyclable materials that was sold with the label ‘recyclable packaging’. (Read More)

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What is organic? What does organic look like?

The principles of organic agriculture are wide ranging and include concerns for safe food production, for the environment, for animal welfare and for issues of social justice (a.w. browne). Here are the different meanings of organic within agriculture and personal care products, and how the conscious consumer is developing as they shape and are shaped by what it means to be organic, through marketing, awareness and education.(Read More)

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Plastic

Plastic comes in many shapes and sizes – where did it come from and where will it go? Each year around 252,000 tons of plastic ends up in New Zealand landfills. Plastic bottles take 400 years to degrade because it slowly disintegrates. Plastic is either recyclable, non-recyclable, biodegradable, or something in-between. Plastic is made from hydrogen and carbon atoms that are processed into a series of molecules called polymers. ‘Poly’ means many, hence why the scientific name behind plastic starts with ‘poly’.(Read More)