product spotlight: stop pink washing

Today is more of a company and social responsibility spotlight versus one specific Arbonne product. Don't go away yet; I have a good reason!


Breast Cancer.

I don't need to tell anyone that it's breast cancer awareness month. You've seen the images all over Facebook, the ribbons worn by various individuals, the accessories on football players.

And I know you didn't miss the display of pink products in each and every local store.

The mugs. The pens. The shirts. The Toaster. The list goes on and on.

I think that's great! Most of the time. I'm cool with buying a makeup bag and some cute earrings knowing that some of the money is going to a deserving cause. Cancer is rough and I wish it on no one.

But, there is a problem that so many are missing:

Pink washing.


Say What?

Pink washing. You all know about green washing. Those products make their packaging white or tan and throw lots of green in, perhaps add in the word "natural" so you assume you're buying a safe, eco-friendly product. Tons of organizations and industries jumped on that bandwagon from detergent to pet food to lip gloss.

Pink washing is very similar. A company takes their product and slaps a pink label on it. Or they go all out and make the whole thing pink. The product is the same, and we all know that. And hey, it goes to a cause! Why not buy that shampoo or antiperspirant with the pink ribbon and give some money to cancer?'s likely just pink washing. Aside from the fact that the ribbon isn't regulated and the company may or may not donate, there's something worse: that product may actually cause cancer.

Am I saying it's definite? No. But I don't touch most products with  a ten foot pole because of the cheap ingredients, many banned in Europe and some proven as carcinogens. I won't touch it the other 11 months of the year, and I won't touch them for breast cancer month. If you want to help, donate to Bloggers Think Pink or another organization devoted to breast cancer.

Hence why I love Arbonne. We don't have cute pink labels in October, but we offer something better: pure, safe, and beneficial alternative to your favorite products. Even better - they work! No regretting that the green product isn't as good as the chemical one - it's better. I promise! I don't worry that what's going on my skin will make it's way into my bloodstream because I know that Arbonne leaves out what so many companies include by default.

Arbonne personal care products are
formulated without:

• Animal products or animal by-products
• Parabens
• Formaldehyde-donating preservatives
• The following petroleum-based ingredients:
• Benzene
• Mineral Oil
• Petrolatum
• Phthalates
• Toluene

Arbonne nutrition and weight loss products are 
formulated without:

• Artificial colors
• Artificial flavors
• Artificial sweeteners
• Animal products
• Animal by-products
• Cholesterol
• Saturated fats
• Trans fats

I'm so grateful for this incredible alternative. Please be mindful of the products you buy! Educate yourself and read the label first!

In years past, a few people have noted the irony of this issue. I am so grateful that this year's google search for pink washing yielded many more results than before as well as organized campaigns. Toxic time should be up. Or, for an easy way to remember:

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  1. I was just thinking this very same thing as I was at the grocery store this morning! Great post!

  2. Wow great post. I am all about BCA, I find all information and education extremely interesting.

  3. I don't buy pink in general, mainly because you never know if the company really donates unless you've done your research.

  4. Also you want to research the company you are supporting. Susan G. Komen supports Planned Parenthood which is a cause I DO NOT support! Know where the money goes!

  5. Also you want to research the company you are supporting. Susan G. Komen supports Planned Parenthood which is a cause I DO NOT support! Know where the money goes!

  6. This is the first year that I've heard the term "pink washing" but I think it's so apt. I've never understood why breast cancer gets all the attention. My mother's best friend died after a horrible battle with ovarian cancer, but you don't see football players wearing teal helmets on Sundays, do you?

    ~Visiting from The Weekend reTreat~

  7. I'd never thought about pink washing before but it definitely makes sense and I hope not too many companies do that. Thanks for linking up to the weekend re-Treat link party.

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.


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