PGC 365 is a portal to learn and take action around key sustainability themes. Inspired by Project Green Challenge, this year-round extension is open to everyone, everywhere who aspires to transition from conventional to conscious living. Four times a year, PGC 365 highlights a new theme featuring resources and various entry points for engagement. One relevant challenge asks participants to make simple, specific changes in their personal lives and inspire others in their families, workplaces, schools, and communities to do the same.
TG digital and social media platforms offer a range of resources to inform, inspire and engage participants.
Participation is designed to be extremely simple, open-ended and fun. Just read the challenge, complete Green, Greener and/or Greenest tasks, and hit submit to upload deliverables. We will award at least one fantastic eco-prize package for outstanding work each month.
The goal of PGC 365 is to provide specific information and concrete steps toward conscious living, offer actionable resources and information, and empower people everywhere to affect change – because together, we can better the world.
Your shampoo foams into a rich lather, your toothpaste gives you pearly whites, and your deodorant leaves you smelling so fresh and so clean... but how? More often than not, the scary answer is toxic chemicals.
The skin is the largest organ in the body, and it absorbs 60% – that’s right, more than half – of everything we put on it, including shampoo, soap, perfume, shaving cream, conditioner, makeup, sunscreen and lotion. And yet, poisonous ingredients like phthalates, toluene, and lead are still prevalent in products made by conventional brands. What's really in your products? The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics breaks down the ugly truth.
Who, you might ask, makes sure the products you’re slathering on your skin are safe before they appear on the shelves of your local drug store? At least in the United States, it’s not the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), or any objective governing body for that matter. Believe it or not, the FDA does not regulate what ingredients cosmetics companies put in their products. The best thing we can do is to read labels, as Care2 says, but the FDA doesn’t even require that all ingredients be listed on labels! Only a precious few toxic substances have been banned in the U.S., and thousands of other carcinogens, pesticides, endocrine disruptors and reproductive toxins remain legal, even though they have been proven to pose health risks ranging from cancer to infertility to autism in children. Other countries such as the U.K. have banned many of these ingredients, but the U.S. remains woefully behind.
On top of all that, chemicals and synthetics in our products often get washed down the drain and end up polluting our waterways. This is a huge issue with plastic microbeads used in many exfoliating products. These tiny plastic particles have made their way into our water supply in a big way, and are currently being consumed by marine life, including the fish we eat for dinner.
If this picture looks bleak, there is some good news: Many ethical brands like this month’s partner, Acure, make totally safe products that are readily available, affordable, and above all, effective! And non-profits such as the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and 5 Gyres are working to raise awareness and change existing policy. In this challenge, you’ll learn how to identify harmful ingredients and how to change your routine. Your skin – and the planet – will thank you for it!