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IRAIN - Also, recycling product packaging. Reduce domestic water consumption by 25 per cent.....

Also, recycling product packaging. Reduce domestic water consumption by 25 per cent. Water is an increasingly scarce resource.

UNDERSTANDING BATHROOM CHEMICALS-WHO BENEFITS? You: Your health, and your complexion, will almost certainly benefit by shifting away from harsher chemicals to gentler, natural alternatives. You will probably also find that you need fewer bathroom products, which will save you money and space. Other people Children are particularly susceptible to chemicals. Water and natural-ingredient soap and toothpaste are all they need in the bathroom.

The environment: The chemicals used in bathroom cleaners and personal care products create a wide range of environmental problems, both in their manufacture and in their disposal. Rivers and groundwater, in particular, will benefit from less chemical dumping, as will our wildlife. BEAUTY WITHOUT CRUELTY - THE FACTS: Each year the UK spend £1.5 billion on cosmetics and toiletries, and until recently most of them were routinely tested on animals, supposedly to see if they would do any harm to human beings. In the last five years the situation has changed quite radically, and now more than 100 companies, including chains like Boots and Tesco, sell 'cruelty-free' products.

Yet many cosmetics and toiletries are still tested on animals. Every year in The UK over 21,000 animals are used to test such products, and thousands more are killed in other countries 100,000 a year in the USA, for example - for the same reason.

Routine tests include the Draize eye and skin tests, where a chemical is dripped into an animal's eyes or applied to their shaved, scratched skin. In the Lethal Dose 50 per cent test, a crude toxicity test, a group of animals is slowly poisoned to death. In one such experiment, rats were force-fed the human equivalent of 4.5lb (2 kg) of lipstick.

The main animals used are rabbits, rats, mice and guinea pigs, though monkeys and dogs are regular victims. Pregnant monkeys have been injected with talcum powder preservative, and dogs fed with toothpaste for over seven years. Animals are also widely used as ingredients for cosmetics - including foetal cells in moisturisers and deer musk in perfumes - despite the fact that there are perfectly good synthetic substitutes available. And there is no evidence that animal testing proves that products are safe for human beings.

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 NEE... read more

Some household chemicals now come in tamper-proof containers and have bitter-tasting flavours....

Some household chemicals now come in tamper-proof containers and have bitter-tasting flavours added to deter children from dri... read more

They contain fewer poisonous chemicals, use fewer items made from non-renewable resources,....

They contain fewer poisonous chemicals, use fewer items made from non-renewable resources, and contain less wasteful junk. FURNITURE - THE FACTS: Fashions

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