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Behind the personal care industry’s toxic secrets

Christine Mitchell Adams April 29, 2016
Lathering Up In Toxic Chemicals
In the US, men and women use about 10 personal care products a day - things like body wash, shampoo, face lotion, deodorant, fragrance, sunscreen, etc. On average, each of these products contain 10-15 different synthetic chemicals, exposing us a wide array of synthetic chemicals every day, even before we’ve left the house.

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Toxics in the News: 1/1/16 - 1/15/16

Zoë Furlong January 15, 2016


1/5/16 — “These 19 Big-Name Toothpastes and Face Scrubs Will Be Forced to Ditch Tiny Bits of Plastic” (Mother Jones). Several popular consumer products still contain microbeads, and these brands have some reworking to do before summer of 2017.

1/5/16 — “Senate's chemical control bill still falls short” (Minneapolis Post). The fatal flaw: States will be blocked from taking action while EPA studies a chemical, creating a regulatory void that could leave the public unprotected.

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Toxic Chemicals in the News: 12/15 - 12/31

Zoë Furlong January 01, 2016

12/16/15 — “Sen. Boxer blocks chemical safety bill, angering Inhofe” (The Hill). Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is blocking Senate consideration of a measure to overhaul federal chemical safety rules.

12/16/15 Endocrine disruptors: European Commission 'breached law'(BBC News). In a case brought by Sweden, the European Court of Justice has ruled that the European Commission has not been quick enough in identifying and banning potentially harmful "endocrine disruptor" chemicals.

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Toxic Chemicals in the News: 12/1 - 12/15

Zoë Furlong December 15, 2015


12/9/15 — “The House Just Voted to Ban Those Tiny Pieces of Plastic in Your Toothpaste” (Mother Jones). Yesterday, the US House of Representatives voted to phase out microbeads, the little pieces of plastic that act as exfoliants in personal-care products ranging from face wash to toothpaste.

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Toxic Chemicals in the News: 11/15 - 11/30

Zoë Furlong November 30, 2015

11/18/15 —“Dangerous chemicals in cosmetics spur action by lawmakers(CBS News). California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is leading a bipartisan effort in Congress to give the FDA more power to ensure skin and beauty products are safe. Feinstein said she expects her bill to pass not only are legislators on both sides of the aisle supporting it, but so too is the industry.

11/18/15 — “EWG Verified strives to empower consumers, challenge cosmetics ‘status quo’(New Hope 360). EWG VERIFIED: For Your Health will leverage the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Safety Database to simplify the process of shopping for nontoxic cosmetics and guide manufacturers in developing more conscious business practices. The new verification program is the first of its kind to focus on the safety of cosmetics.

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Toxic Chemicals in the News: 11/1-11/15

Zoë Furlong November 18, 2015

11/2/15 — “Move Over, Yellow 6. More Natural Colors From Plants Are Coming (NPR). An increasing number of companies are moving away from synthetic colorings and toward plant-based ones.  Demand for natural colorings took off after a 2007 study linked artificial colors with hyperactivity in children.

11/4/15 — “Asbestos Scare in Cannon Is a Reminder of Congress’ Failure to Act” (Roll Call).The time is now to empower and ensure the EPA can finally ban asbestos and end the deadly asbestos man-made disaster.

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Toxic Chemicals in the News: 10/1-10/14

Zoë Furlong October 14, 2015

10/1/15 — Breast Cancer Action Tells Pinkwashers to Stop Giving Toxic Cosmetics to Cancer Patients(Breast Cancer Action). Breast Cancer Action has launched a campaign against the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) for including cosmetics containing harmful chemicals in kits they give to cancer patients through their Look Good, Feel Better® program.

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