TAKE ACTION: What’s in Your Baby Shampoo?

TAKE ACTION:  Eliminate Harmful Chemicals From Personal Care Products

Have you ever stopped to wonder what all those chemicals are in your kid’s shampoo? your waterproof sunblock? your baby’s diaper cream? your lipstick? Unfortunately, some of them are linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility and other health problems … but right now we have an unprecedented opportunity to clean up our cosmetics with the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, introduced by U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky with Rep. Edward Markey and Rep. Tammy Baldwin. This is a huge moment for parents, consumers and environmental health advocates: for the first time in 70 years, there is a real chance to pass national legislation that would eliminate harmful chemicals from the products our families put on their bodies every day.

The Story of Stuff Project has released The Story of Cosmetics, a 7-minute animated movie which examine the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from aftershave to baby lotion. The film outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives.  Check it out:

In May, the President’s Cancer Panel sounded the alarm about the health risks of the understudied and largely unregulated toxic chemicals used by millions of Americans in their daily lives.  “The beauty industry needs a makeover. For the first time in 70 years, we will have a real chance to pass national legislation that would eliminate chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects from the products women, men and children put on their bodies on a daily basis,” said Stacy Malkan, spokesperson for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national coalition of over 150 women’s, environmental and health organizations.

For a data base of safe ingredients/products, check out Skin Deep, a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products brought to you by researchers at the Environmental Working Group.

1 Comment

  1. max said,

    August 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I think it’s important to remember that not only did this all begin based on the 1950s mindset, as is stated at the 4 min 47 second mark, but so too are the test methods we use to evaluate these chemicals.

    The larger problem we are facing is that we have “tested” and deemed “safe” tens of thousands of chemicals on animals only to find that the some results are not accurate. It’s time to use human-relevant non-animal testing practices as outlined by the National Academy of Sciences report, “Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy in 2007.”

    The potential for chemical reform is quite exciting, but it should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health and the environment. We need Congress to mandate and create market incentives to use nonanimal methods and tests.

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