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How do you discard left over hair dye

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I dyed my hair today, but I have a lot of left over dye. I don't want to put it down the sink in case it would clog. I don't want to hurt the environment by throwing it in the yard, then the birds or squirrels might come in contact it too.

Any ideas?

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/31/2013 7:47PM

    Sounds like you got your answer.

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DOOBRIE 3/31/2013 11:41AM

    Courti - I don't know if your containers are the same as the ones in the UK, but we can put them in our recycle bin (after we've rinsed them out).

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-COURT- 3/31/2013 11:37AM

    CHALK, thanks for all the info. It is very enlightening. I'm checking some of my moisturizers, etc. I just wish I still had thoat stuff that made my face swell up, but it had something along those lines.

I wonder if those containers can be put in the recycle bin?

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PURPOSEPOWER95 3/30/2013 10:10PM

    wow that is tough....I just buy the root to tips color. Only the hair around my face is greying.

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ADVENTURE_4HIRE 3/30/2013 9:40PM

    Oh, in answer to your discarding... a plastic container will last 70 to 450 years in a landfill, decomposing sooo... were you to discard the bottle into the trash, it's possible the remedy to our dilemma should be solved before then and it would be safer than washing it down into H2O, but that's just my opinion. But... if it's biodegradable plastic it will only take 75 -180 days, sooo... there ya have it. emoticon

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ADVENTURE_4HIRE 3/30/2013 8:42PM

    To find an eco-friendly HAIR tint is... going to be a long study/search, Courti, and a ton of chemistry to wade through but... there is a natural (I repeat, NATURAL) henna that, unlike the gad-zillion henna products CLAIMING their colors are 100% pure, that is *out*there* and on the market, but it doesn't contain ammonia and/or hydrogen peroxide, which are used in synthetic hair tint/dye/henna. What you need/want is something that doesn't rape your hair... but, in order to 'do' that, you MUST find and use the NATURAL henna. If you've heard of henna 'trashing' hair it's because it's got all kinds of nasties in it like, lead acetate, silver nitrate, copper, nickel, cobalt, bismuth and iron salts. Those WILL leave your hair 'brittle' but check out this site for your next treatment:


***Some ingredients in women's 'beauty' products (such as make-up) is dangerous to the environment too.

***BHA & BHT are mainly used in MOISTURIZERS or as a make-up preservative but are harmful to fish and other wildlife AND... are suspected of be an endocrine disruptor (chemicals that interfere with the hormone systems of humans and animals) AND... causing cancer.

e & 'colors' listed as CI (followed by a 5-digit number) or FD&C Blue, or No.1, or Blue 1, are coal tar dyes used in cosmetics and hair, containing HEAVY metals that are... TOXIC TO THE BRAIN and cause cancer.

***DEA-related ingrediants, i.e. creamy/foaming products such as shampoos/moisturizers, again, are harmful to the fish and other wildlife and can react to form nitrosamines (a class of chemical compounds that ARE carcinogenic) causing cancer.

***Dibutyl phthalate is a 'plasticizer' used in many nail care products. Also an endocrine disruptor AND a reproductive toxicant, with the fishes and wildlife in danger.

asing preservatives or, better known as DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15. These are used in ALL kinds of cosmetics and they release small amounts of formaldehyde which... causes cancer.

***Parabens are also used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives, but are suspected an endocrine disruptor and interference with male reproductive functions.

***Parfum, a.k.a. fragrance is even used in some products marketed as 'unscented' and can trigger allergies, asthma, neurotoxicity - linked to cancer and harmful to fish and other animals.

***PEG is used in many cosmetic cream bases and can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane (colorless liquid with faint sweet odor, used as solvents and short-term inhalation/exposure has caused vertigo, drowsiness, headache, etc) which is a... carcinogen. It has a 'related' chemical called propylene glycol and/or many other names with the letters ***eth***

***Petrolatum for hair care 'shine & moisture' barriers or lip balms, lip sticks and other moisturizers can also be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), also known as poly-aromatic hydrocarbons or polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, are potent atmospheric pollutants, identified as carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic, like 2-headed calves and such.

***Siloxanes or ingredients ending in the letters "-siloxane" or "-methicone" are used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. It's another suspected endocrine disruptor and reproductive toxicant (cyclotetrasiloxane, or a Silicone that's used for hair/skin) and harmful to fish and other animals.

***Sodium laureth sulfate, in foaming cosmetics i.e. shampoos/cleansers/bubble bath, like the PEG mentioned above, can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, and the way to look for other related chemical sodium lauryl sulfate is to look for other ingredients with the letters ***eth***

***Triclosan is used in antibacterial cosmetics, toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants. It is a suspected endocrine disruptor and contributes to antibiotic resistance in bacteria as well as once again, being harmful to fish and other wildlife.

What I'm trying to SHARE *here* Courti, is... an awakening we all need in the products we use on ourselves BECAUSE... not only should we be concerned with how it's affecting other life, BUT... HOW is it affecting our own personal health and well being!!

Comment edited on: 3/30/2013 8:51:37 PM

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DOOBRIE 3/30/2013 6:19PM

    If you had put it on your head, you would then have washed it away down the sink, so, yes, pour it down the sink.

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NBARNES 3/30/2013 5:59PM

    Well pouring it down the sink would pretty much be the same as discarding in the yard, all goes back to the environment. If you'd used it all and rinsed it out it would have gone down the drain anyway...dilemma emoticon

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ARKPLE 3/30/2013 5:02PM

    Ask at the local salon how they do it....

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