Every now and then the dinginess of the featherheads is just enough to make this writer snort her morning tea all over her key board. Today’s offering comes courtesy of Eric Worrall, guest essayist of Anthony Watts at his signature anti-environmentalist nut site:
Avoid Red Lipstick: the Latest tip for Saving the Planet
This, of course, was precipitated by this headline in Forbes:
Want To Combat Climate Change? Give Up Red Lipstick, Drink Local, and Fly Direct (No Problem!)
When the occasion presents itself to actually fly, non-stop is preferred, and local anything is great so long as it is affordable (and worth eating and drinking), but give up red lipstick? SAY IT ISN’T SO!!!
The source for this “helpful” advice is Cassie Flynn, a climate change advisor for the United Nations. (How does one get a job like that?) Forbes delivers the bad news:
Another video called “sustainable flirting” teaches you how to make better decisions when getting ready for a date. Both men and women use health and beauty products like makeup, deodorant, cologne, and hair products before leaving the house. These have chemicals that don’t break-up and accumulate in the ecosystem (“Talk about a shitty party,” says Flynn.) So it’s important to use products that are organic. “Ignore fancy words like ”natural’ or ‘hypoallergenic’ on the front and choose products with shorter lists of ingredients and avoid things that have synthetic fragrance,” she advises. Red lipsticks are particularly known for containing toxins like lead, so check if yours does!
Being an allergy sufferer, this lady can do without the aftershave and has long ago given up scented just about everything in order to not get kicked out of choir lofts and choruses where breathing clean air in close proximity is part of the gig, but RED LIPSTICK has more lead than other shades? Oh, come on. (Well, at least at this time in the United States. In other parts of the world, this could well still be a problem if they are getting their pigment from the ground.)
This is not to say that lead in cosmetics is not a concern. In the 19th century, women were poisoned regularly by lead in their make-up. Anything on the skin is absorbed whether there is a layer of moisturizer under it or not. BUT, in the 21st century, if lead really was a problem in any sort of first-world cosmetics, we the public would know. There would be class action lawsuits.
As it happens, Worrall did the legwork and actually dug up the straight skinny on what the American Food and Drug Administration has to say about lead in lipstick:
Here is what the FDA has to say about Mercury Lead and Lipstick.
What did FDA’s expanded survey reveal about lipsticks on the market?
The expanded survey found that the average lead concentration in the 400 lipsticks tested was 1.11 ppm, very close to the average of 1.07 ppm obtained in our initial survey. The results ranged from the detection limit of 0.026 ppm to the highest value of 7.19 ppm. For a table of the results, see FDA Analyses of Lead in Lipsticks – Expanded Survey. The expanded survey will be published in the May/June, 2012, issue of the Journal of Cosmetic Science.
Is there a safety concern about the lead levels FDA found in lipsticks?
No. We have assessed the potential for harm to consumers from use of lipstick containing lead at the levels found in both rounds of testing. Lipstick, as a product intended for topical use with limited absorption, is ingested only in very small quantities. We do not consider the lead levels we found in the lipsticks to be a safety concern. The lead levels we found are within the limits recommended by other public health authorities for lead in cosmetics, including lipstick.
Lipstick, intended for topical use and mostly gets stuck on the edges of coffee cups and wine glasses. Unless you’re a biter, worrying about lead poisoning is just senseless.
So, here it is. The latest in a long line of the “little” things we little humans can do to help save the planet. No red lipstick. [BIG SIGH] Yeah, that one this writer is going to ignore.
It should go without saying that the transgender community needs to adhere to this. If the men who think they want to be women want the full experience, this has to be part of it since they will not be menstruating or giving birth any time soon.