- Recyclable packaging
- Rapidly degradable propellants
- Multiple chemically simple ingredients
- Contains cetrimonium chloride
- Contains undescribed fragrance
- May contain dissolvable aluminium
Klorane is a hair care brand owned by the French company Pierre Fabre. The brand was established in 1966 and has maintained a focus on botanical based products. They are committed to being eco-friendly, with biodegradable products and recyclable packaging.
The aerosol can of their Tinted Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk can be put in kerbside recycling in Australia. This would probably be the same wherever recycling is available, because aluminium and steel are relatively easy to recycle. The propellants will rapidly degrade in the atmosphere, although packaging and transporting gas has a greater environmental impact than a more concentrated, powder based product.
Many ingredients in this product are chemically simple, and similar to substances that would naturally occur in the environment where waste water is released. This means that they will cause less disruption to the local ecosystem. They should have minimal aquatic toxicity concerns and the chemicals that can be degraded should be readily biodegradable.
However, other ingredients will have a higher environmental impact. Cetrimonium chloride is very toxic to aquatic life. It is also readily biodegradable and likely to get bound up with bits of dirt. Both of these characteristics mean that aquatic life are less likely to be exposed to it, but a small amount could still get into waterways and cause toxic effects.
Two of the ingredients are aluminium compounds. Although aluminium is naturally present in water ways, adding extra aluminium can overwhelm the mechanisms that normally keep levels in balance. Too much aluminium can be very toxic to aquatic life. From the available information it looks like these compounds will not readily dissolve to release aluminium, but some dissolution is a possibility.
Another ingredient is silica. Silica is a very common mineral and important nutrient for most plants and animals. It is commonly obtained from sand, which is mined. Sand mines can cause erosion and habitat degradation, and are often unregulated. It would be good to have more information on where the silica in this product comes from, but companies very rarely provide (or even have) this information.
This product also contains a fragrance, identified as “parfum”. Labelling requirements for fragrances mean this could be anything. Because the brand does not identify the fragrances as natural, it seems likely that they are synthetic chemicals. These could be chemicals of high concern.
But does it work?
Considering how well a product works is a big factor in determining whether a product is a good one or not. A product that does not work is a waste.
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