Are cosmetics causing air pollution?
I’ve always believed that VOC regulations and other aims to restrict the formulation of volatile components of cosmetics was out of place. In my view, people were going after cosmetic products which had a minuscule effect on the environment compared to the transportation or other industries.
This paper I stumbled on has me questioning this belief.
According to this paper published in Science (a legit science journal),
+38% of VOC in Los Angeles is from Consumer Products.
The authors claim that this is mostly a result of cars getting more efficient in their emissions while consumer products haven’t changed much.
This isn’t my area of expertise so my opinion is easier to manipulate. So, I ask anyone out there who might know…
Is this a reasonable assessment of the impact of cosmetic products on the environment or is this an exaggeration that avoids talking about some key information?
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