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IRAIN - Indeed, a recent report showed that one in eight users of cosmetics....

Indeed, a recent report showed that one in eight users of cosmetics suffer adverse reactions to them, despite the animal suffering which is supposed to protect the user. WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE: Manufacturers should be required to list the ingredients of their products, and to indicate whether any of the ingredients have been tested on animals.

Information about the cruelty-free alternatives to animal ingredients should be more widely available. A complete ban on the use of animal testing and animal products in the cosmetics industry ought to be implemented as soon as possible. WHAT YOU CAN DO: Think carefully before you buy cosmetics and toiletries. Even the most natural and cruelty-free ones usually come in small quantities and complex packaging, which make them quite expensive and wasteful of resources.

Remember that nothing will keep you more youthful, healthy and attractive than a good diet, fresh air, clean water and a minimum of stress. When you do buy toiletries and cosmetics, make sure that you buy 'cruelty-free'. Look out for the 'Choose Cruelty-Free: Not Tested on Animals' rabbit logo. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) lists 100 cruelty-free companies in their free Approved Product Guide: buy the products you need from these companies (many do email order) and tell your friends about them. For over 100 years the BUAV has been campaigning peacefully to create a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals.

The BUAV is widely respected as an authority on animal testing issues and is frequently called upon by governments, media, corporations and official bodies for its advice or expert opinion. See the BUAV website for a copy of their cruelty-free guidelines, so you understand what makes products truly cruelty-free.

The Vegan Society produces a more detailed guide called The Cruelty-Free Shopper (including lists of food and clothing which are free of animal products). The Vegan Society is an educational charity that promotes and supports the vegan lifestyle. BEAUTY WITHOUT CRUELTY-WHO BENEFITS? You: Many chemical-based cosmetics and toiletries (and a few natural ones too) are known to cause allergic reactions.

Using natural alternatives will usually help you to avoid doing damage to your health, particularly to your skin, and help you to learn about the properties of the different natural ingredients. Other people: Young people are especially susceptible to harmful chemicals in cosmetics, and will benefit from changing to natural alternatives (used as sparingly as possible). The environment: The main beneficiaries of a shift to cruelty-free products are the animals which are at present bred to suffer torture and distress. A change to products using natural ingredients also reduces pollution around chemical factories. SAFETY IN THE HOME - THE FACTS: More than three million people a year - one in 20 of us - injure ourselves in our homes badly enough to require hospital or surgery treatment.

In 2007, 4,500 people died in home accidents, about half of them involving falls. The cost to the National Health Service of treating home accidents has been estimated at £325 million a year, with another £1.5 billion in lost production and the cost of operating emergency services. Though home safety may not seem to be a particularly 'green' concern, the main causes of accidents in the home all have an environmental dimension.

Many 'impact' accidents, which account for 65 per cent of domestic accidents, are the result of collision with sharp edges and hard surfaces. 'Heat' accidents (including fires) are often associated with inefficient heating systems and soft furnishings which give off toxic fumes when they burn. And 'through the mouth' accidents include a large number of poisonings by household chemicals: nearly 8 per cent of all home accidents in The UK involving under-5s are 'accidental poisonings'. There are strict safety codes for many items used in the home (including toys, electrical goods and furniture) but products incorporating toxic paints, highly flammable materials and dangerous sharp edges still regularly come on to the market.

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