CALLING ALL LADIES: Toxins IN Your Cosmetics

To me, this is utterly horrifying…I’m a woman who puts on makeup 7 days a week…again wondering why I’m not able to function at 150% like I need to right now in my life…

(July 22nd, 2010, posted by Michael O’Heaney

Surprise, surprise: the big cosmetics companies aren’t such big fans of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 – legislation introduced yesterday to more strictly regulate their business, or of our new movie. The Personal Care Products Council went so far as to issue a statement calling Story of Stuff.org/cosmetics/ a “repugnant and absurd…shockumentary.”

There’s a good reason the cosmetics industry doesn’t like all the attention it’s getting: for years, they’ve been largely left alone to decide what’s safe to put in their products. You know, things like lead in lipstick. Neurotoxins in body spray. Carcinogens in baby wash.

Now that’s repugnant!

Yesterday, the industry front group released their own plan for “reforming” cosmetics industry regulation—basically a lame, watered-down version of the kinds of changes that would really help to make our products safer and healthier.

To learn more about the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, http://www.safecosmetics.org/section.php?id=74, or check out Stacy’s blog http://notjustaprettyface.org/ to learn more about the industry press conference.

Now is a critical time to really turn up the volume on personal care product safety and to demand that Congress forces cosmetics companies to get the neurotoxins and carcinogens out of our personal care products.)

We must care what we use ON – IN – AROUND us – we have children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, already here with us or yet to be born…What legacy will we leave our children?

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