3. Welcome To 2018: Plastic Bottles And Straws Are Hurting Us All
We don’t blame you if you’ve missed the plastic straw zeitgeist of 2018. Just kidding! If you haven’t seen the widespread outcry regarding the environmentally destructive potential of plastic straws, you must have been sleeping under a rock. In an effort to increase sustainability, tennis tournament Wimbledon has recently introduced a ban on plastic straws. According to The Guardian, last year over 400,000 plastic straws were used during the games. In fact, the British government is acting swiftly to ban plastic straws throughout the entire country. American cities have been standing up against plastic as well, with Seattle and Malibu banned or limited the use of plastic straws, says The New York Times. Gwyneth is an advocate for this cause, publishing a guide on Goop for those who are curious about alternatives to plastic. The BBC reports that plastic particles from broken down water bottles, straws, and packaging are responsible for a “planetary crisis” of pollution as they fill our oceans, compromising ecosystems and killing animals.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s straw alternatives include disposable paper straws – which tend to also be biodegradable, steel, glass, bamboo, and even brass.
If you love iced coffee but want to reduce your carbon footprint, consider taking a reusable straw with you when you leave the house. You could be saving the ocean.
2. Needs To Be Said: Makeup Sold To Kids Can Be Dangerous
Cosmetics and jewelry targeted to children are often forgotten by industry regulators, according to the CBC. In an investigation into the Canadian clothing and cosmetics chain Ardene, which caters to children and young teenagers, the CBC determined that high amounts of the chemicals cadmium and lead were present in the jewelry. Cadmium is a carcinogen and can cause organ failure and chronic illness. The same investigation found toxic chemicals in the jewelry sold by Aldo, an accessories store. The American counterpart to Ardene’s, Claire’s, was revealed by ABC News to be selling makeup marketed to children – think glitter, face paint, eyeshadow – that contained high amounts of asbestos. Asbestos can cause a number of illnesses, including organ failure and lung disease, and was commonly used during the construction of buildings until widespread awareness of its toxicity. In fact, in 1989, the United States Environmental Protection Agency issued a ban on asbestos, effectively phasing the material out of American use. What’s the catch? The ban was overturned. GP writes, “Asbestos is outlawed in more than fifty countries; ours chooses profit over safety.” Gwyneth is an advocate for clean beauty and has collaborated with different brands to create lines of cosmetics free from toxic materials. The beauty industry isn’t as regulated as you might assume, with many possibly toxic products making their way into makeup we use every day. As a mother and a wellness mogul, it’s no wonder that the news of asbestos-laden makeup freaked her out. While we don’t agree with everything she shares on her enormous platform, this is something we can get behind.
1. Relatable: Loneliness Is Unhealthy
Following her very public divorce (or in Gwyneth Paltrow parlance, “conscious uncoupling”) from Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow was in private distress. In a lovely interview by Jane Gordon for The Telegraph, Gwyneth’s post-separation blues is filtered through thoughtful anecdotes about her children, her work, and indulgences. Gordon writes, “If Gwyneth is vain or self-serving I saw no sign of it,” addressing the common criticism that Paltrow is aloof, out-of-touch, unapproachable. With regards to Chris, Gordon says, “there were other signs of sadness and dissent when she talked about him, and I sensed that her life was, in fact, lonely.” In a poignant article shared by Gwyneth on Goop, the psychological tolls of loneliness are examined for the damage they cause.
Loneliness is compared to hunger. Loneliness makes it so that the brain is unable to relax.
“The lonely brain doesn’t passively take the world in, but actively interprets it as an unfriendly place,” says the write-up on Nautilus. Elevated to the position of a superstar, it’s no surprise that Gwyneth Paltrow aims for perfection in everything she does. While some might personally disagree with how she uses her platform, it stems from a desire to make the world a better place. It stems from a desire to let people live as their best selves, at their most well. Despite this, Gwyneth’s lifestyle brand often falls short of critics’ expectations, delivering often dangerous solutions to problems that science says do not exist. In her Telegraph interview, Gordon goes on to say that she believes Gwyneth is “deeply misunderstood. Her greatest flaws, it seems, are her naivety, openness and the perfectionism that, she told me, was the “bane of my life.” How can we combat loneliness? Nautilus says we need to open up, rejoin the group, and give in to our ancient instincts. It is exactly this that Gwyneth latches onto for many of her wellness crusades: Knowledge passed down from generations before us, getting in touch with our roots, surrounding ourselves with like-minded people. Despite everything, Gwen is probably onto something.
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