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Change in the air for personal care

Oliver Sweatman July 23, 2010
There's some pretty MAJOR stuff going down in the personal care industry right now. First up, a bill called The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 has just been introduced in Congress. Here's an excerpt from The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics web site:
For the first time in 70 years, Congress is ready to close the gaping holes in the outdated federal law that allows chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other illnesses in the products we use on our bodies every day.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!






3 Comments

Marcia Elston
Marcia Elston

July 15, 2014

Here is why I oppose this bill:
http://bit.ly/c32gZW

Here is another thoughtful look from a colleague:
http://bit.ly/bqckGb

And several thoughtful blogposts from yet another:
http://essentialu.typepad.com/

And: http://bit.ly/cJ25C5

Sometimes you have to look carefully beneath the surface to absorb the full story.

Thanks for listening.

Oliver
Oliver

July 15, 2014

Thanks for the comments. Marcia, the links you provided have helped us develop a more balanced perspective on this complex issue. The 'truth' is hard to discern, but we're committed to getting as close as possible as we learn more. We look forward to sharing our POV and any new insights on this blog. Thanks again, O&E

Karley
Karley

July 15, 2014

I have read the several dozens of pages in this bill in its entirety. Is is the PERFECT answer? No. Nothing is perfect. However, this needs to be passed for the safety of consumers.

I no longer sell my line of skin care, however, I would still support this if I did. It is the right thing to do.

Here is why:

http://www.chicandgreendaily.com/2010/07/safe-cosmetics-act-of-2010.html

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