Monday, June 27, 2011

Action Alert: 125 chemicals before you walk out the door

Talk about unsafe!  Women use an average of 12 beauty products containing more than 125 unique chemicals every morning before they walk out the door, every day. (1) Even worse: Only 11% of chemicals in personal care products in the U.S. have been assessed for safety. 

It's so frustrating. You do everything you can to protect your family from toxic chemicals. Yet every time you wash your hair, or brush your teeth, the products you use may expose you to chemicals linked to cancer, learning disabilities, and infertility. Even products that claim to be "Natural," "Herbal," or "Organic" can't be trusted, since there is no legal definition for any of these terms. (2)

Enough is enough! It's time to give the cosmetics industry a much needed makeover. 

*Urge your U.S. House members to support the Safe Cosmetics Act now!

Today, Congressional leaders reintroduced the federal Safe Cosmetics Act in the House of Representatives. This bill (H.R.2359) would give the FDA the authority it needs to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful substances like lead, 1,4-dioxane and chemicals linked to cancer.

Of the 12,000 ingredients used in personal care products, only 8 have been banned since cosmetics legislation first passed in 1938. "Companies say, 'We do a lot of testing.' But they're looking for short-term effects like a rash," said Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. "They're not looking at long-term health effects like cancer risk."(3)

The existing law, which has not been updated in 70 years, allows companies to use toxic chemicals in products we use on our bodies every day. We know that the U.S. can do better to protect our families and to remain a world leader in the marketplace!

Urge your U.S. House members to co-sponsor the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011.

*And, please forward this email far and wide to friends and family so they can take action too.

Together we are a powerful force for families,

---Claire, Sarah, Kristin, and the whole MomsRising Team

P.S. Wondering how to reduce your family's exposure to this type of toxic chemicals? Check out our top six safer beauty tips:

P.P.S. To learn more about the cosmetics industry, here's "The Story of Cosmetics," a fantastic video by our friends at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

[1] Smith, Rick and Lourie, Bruce. Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Dangers of Everyday Things. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2010. 

[2] Campaign for Safe Cosmetics:

[3] The Dark Side of Beauty:

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