For the first time in 70 years, Congress is ready to close the gaping holes in the outdated federal law that allows chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other illnesses in the products we use on our bodies every day. On July 21, Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (H.R.5786), which gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients. This legislation will affect every American—everyone who puts on moisturizer or uses shampoo or deodorant. More and more people are concerned about unsafe chemicals in our everyday lives, and getting these toxics out of the stuff we rub on our bodies every day is just common sense. It will also help the cosmetics industry by fostering the development of the safer products American consumers are demanding.
The legislation is waaay overdue in our opinion and is an encouraging sign that the US personal care industry is finally going to be held more accountable to the people it's meant to be serving. Read more about it here - even better, tell your elected officials to pass this common-sense bill. Also, this video about the sorry state of affairs in the Cosmetics Industry from The Story of Stuff and The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is creating quite a stir.... Take a few minutes to watch it!