Around here, we get pretty excited when efforts to reduce waste come into play. Needless to say our excitement peaked when we heard that the European Union and the United Kingdom both announced their plans (in the same week) to ban single-use plastics such as straws, cotton buds, coffee stirrers, cutlery, plates and more. The bans will be put in place by 2020 in the UK and 2021 in the EU.
Fashion, like any consumer product, has an environmental cost, and some of it, the so-called “fast fashion,” comes at a higher cost to us in the long term.
Take the manufacture of fabric, for example. According to the World Wildlife Fund, cotton growing and manufacturing comes with some serious environmental damage. The production of a single cotton t-shirt or pair of jeans requires 20,000 litres of water. Fertilizers and pesticides are also used in cotton farming, which lead to pollution and water contamination.
Hemp, grown for its industrial use in rope and fabrics is now a trending ingredient in many products. It’s actually been around for thousands of years, in fact one of the oldest examples of human industry is said to be a small piece of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC.
Hemps is a sustainable resource, the stalks can be used for textiles, ropes and paper products and the seeds and flowers can be used in health foods and body care products. But why are we now seeing as a trending ingredient in shampoos, lotions and other body care products? With Canada announcing the legalization of Marijuana come October 2018, many businesses want to get in on this trendy ingredient. Although hemp and marijuana are not the same, they are both a part of the Cannabis family. Hemp contains no cannabinoid molecules, including THC and CBD.
What is CannaCell®?
CannaCell® is hemp seed oil (cannabis sativa) cultivated from hemp stem cells. Andalou’s proprietary CannaCell® Hemp Stem Cells are naturally occurring phytocannabinoids extracted from the mature stalk of the hemp plant.
Grown and procured in Northern Italy, their cannabis sativa stem cell culture is gently extracted into lecithin liposomes at room temperature. These unique hemp stem cell liposomes help maintain ingredient stability during formulation and help deliver maximum efficacy when applied topically.
Why use products with CannaCell®
CannaCell® is a superpowered antioxidant that helps counteract free radicals, oxidative damage, sun exposure, pollution, and premature aging.
Hemp seed oil is a nourishing complex of proteins, nutrients, and minerals, rich in vitamins E, C, B1, B2, B3, B6. It also has a perfect ratio of 3:1 omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids for increased oxygenation and hydration.
It’s antibacterial and can help calm and soothe for improved skin defense and has moisture retention properties that support skin’s barrier function to protect against environmental stressors.
CannaCell® hemp stem cells meet Andalou Naturals Superior Source standards of non-GMO, gluten free, sustainably sourced, vegan, and cruelty free.
We are big fans of the plastic-free movement (obv). Have you heard about Plastic Free July? This international movement encourages people to be more aware of the plastic in their daily lives and the impact that single-use plastics have on the environment.
Of course, there’s an added benefit of swapping single use items for reusable ones: a savings of cost, time, and energy. If you’d like to reduce plastic at home, we have some ideas for you!
The state of Hawaii recently passed a bill that bans sunscreens containing Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, two chemicals scientists believe are contributing to the declining health of coral reefs around the world. According to this article in the New York Times, an estimated “14,000 tons of sunscreen is believed to be deposited in oceans annually with the greatest damage found in popular reef areas in Hawaii and the Caribbean.”