What to Consider before Buying Sunglasses

You may think the only thing you need to worry about when buying sunglasses is the style of frame or the color of tinting. But actually, there are other important characteristics of effective sunglasses that need to be considered.

Ultraviolet radiation can harm all parts of the eye, including the eyelid skin, conjunctiva, sclera, and cornea. That means that the whites of your eyes need protection, too. Here are some things you’ll need to keep in mind when you look for sunglasses.

Ultraviolet Light

Ultraviolet, or UV, radiation is that portion of the light spectrum that is beyond the shortest wavelength of visible light (which is violet). It can damage the human eye, which is why sunglasses are important. There are three types of UV light: UVA, UVB, and UVC.

Is UV Protective Clothing Worth Buying – Pros and Cons

All clothing protects you from the sun to some extent. UV protective clothing, however, has a specific, protective scale not unlike sunscreen. A lot of UV protective clothing actually contains sunscreen in the fabric itself. Some garments are said to be UV protective due to their weave, color, and/or reflective nature.

SPF and UPF are acronyms you will see as you look into UV protective clothing. SPF stands for “sun protection factor,” and it’s what you see on lotion, sunscreen, and other topical protectors. SPF is measured by how long it takes your skin to turn red in the sun.

Eco-Friendly Nail Polish

Did you know that your nail polish could be harmful to your health?  Conventional nail polish is full of solvents and other substances that are known to be neurotoxins, including amyl, butyl, and ethyl acetates and toluene.  Lead acetates may also be included, as well as formaldehyde, coal tar dyes, and other suspected carcinogens.  Plasticizers, called pthalates, which are generally believed to have a hand in disrupting hormones in the human body.

Why are all these dangerous chemicals allowed in our nail polishes?  Cosmetics aren’t subjected to safety testing in the United States, with harmful ingredients removed only on a voluntary basis and only after they’ve been proven to cause illness.

Avoid Overnight Shipping

Little Things Make The Difference

Did you know that the way you have goods shipped could be having a big environmental impact?  Overnight shipping burns a lot of fuel per item – the most inefficient means of shipping.  That means that it’s important to select regular ground transportation for your mailing needs, not rush delivery, if you want to cut down on pollution and save fuel.

While it’s easy to forget about things until the last moment, overnight shipping is about six times as wasteful as sending things ground.  Plus, airplanes release their pollution high in the atmosphere, allowing any greenhouse gas they put out to do more damage than the same amount of gas released at ground level.  From a global warming/climate change perspective, rush shipping is a bad idea.  Plus it costs a lot, so by avoiding it, you’ll be saving a lot of money.

Plastic Containers Helpful Buyers Guide

There are lots of different types of plastics on the market, each with their own properties.  Some plastics are a lot healthier and more environmentally friendly than others.  They’re more stable and easier to recycle.  How do you tell the difference?  Each piece of plastic should come with a resin identification code.  That’s the one on the bottom of most containers – a number from one to seven located inside the recycling symbol.  Here’s a look at the types of plastic, and which ones are best from a green perspective.

Type one is polyethylene terephtalate, also known as PETE or PET.  This is what most disposable soda and water bottles are made of, and is usually clear.  Plastic type two is high density polyethylene, or HDPE.  Many milk jugs, detergent bottles, and toiletries bottles are made of this.  It is often opaque.