Thursday, August 12, 2010

Nail Polish Drive Update: What's in your nail polish?

UPDATE: I'm proud to announce that my daughter has collected approximately 225 nail polish bottles to donate to Chemwise, Inc. We've been storing them in a sealed recycling container that gives off a noxious smell upon opening, after all, it contains bottles filled with toxic chemicals. My daughter is currently accepting donations and looking for sponsors to pay the $.35 cent per bottle recycling fee. If you would like to help her out, please email me at scrappindanielle (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you!

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What's in your nail polish? Do you know there are chemicals in nail polish that can cause birth defects and cancer? Here's just a few:

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP): An ingredient that stops nail polish from chipping and causes damage to a baby boy's reproductive system.

Nitrocellulose: Once used in automobile paint and also known as "gun cotton" in the fireworks industry.

Formaldehyde: A cancer causing ingredient that is associated with allergic reactions and asthma.

Toluene: A petroleum-based solvent known to cause cancer and can damage the immune and reproductive systems.

Should you be concerned that you are putting chemicals on your nails? That is up to you to decide.

Should you be concerned that these harmful chemicals can end up in the landfill? Yes! And you can do something about it!!

Gather together any old or unwanted nail polish bottles and take them (you can ship them too) to your local disposal facility. One place to check-out is Chemwise, a chemical recycling and disposal facility. Priti NYC, an organic nail polish company, has teamed up with Chemwise to offer a nail polish recycling program and participants can receive 15% off their next online purchase. Click here for more information.

My daughter and I have started our own nail polish drive and have placed a donation box inside her school. I encourage others to spread the word and start their own community-wide nail polish disposal collections.

The goal of our nail polish drive is to raise awareness of the harmful chemicals hiding in products that we use everyday and to let people know there are ways to dispose of these products properly. Safer, non-toxic nail polish alternatives are available and include OPI Nail Lacquer, Priti Nails non-toxic nail polish (kids collection), Spa Ritual Lacquer, Safe Nail Polish, and Honeybee Gardens WaterColors.

You can learn more about the ingredients in nail polish and other cosmetics by referring to the articles/sites below:
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    1. Are you accepting shipped donations? You have inspired me to clean out and buy safe polish :)

    2. Hi Melissa! That makes me very happy! Our nail polish drive is over and my daughter is in the process of making nail polish art to sell on Etsy to pay for the recycling fee(available September 10 at I suggest that you send your nail polish bottles directly to Chemwise so you can receive a discount for Priti NYC nail polish. Here's the link:

      Good luck!