In 2004, the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, Clean Water Fund, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, and eight other environment and health organizations founded the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. AHT continues to work on the campaign, which is led by staff at the Breast Cancer Fund in San Francisco.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics:
- Educates consumers about dangerous chemicals in cosmetics and other personal care products, like shampoo, toothpaste, sunscreen, and deodorant; and
- Advocates for the elimination of toxic chemicals from products by demanding that cosmetic companies disclose their ingredients and stop using cancer-causing chemicals, reproductive toxins, and mutagens.
Visit the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website to find out more about chemicals of concern in personal care products, learn about the Campaign’s victories, or sign up for action alerts, tips on how to avoid chemicals of concern, and the latest news on cosmetic legislation and cosmetic industry leaders.
Current Campaign for Safe Cosmetics goals include:
- Improving and passing the bipartisan Personal Care Product Safety Act of 2015.
Under current federal law, personal care products do not have to be tested for safety before they are sold. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) have introduced a bill to improve monitoring of the personal care products industry—but the bill does not yet have all the protections needed to ensure that products sold in stores are free of carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and other chemicals of concern.
- Pressuring major manufacturers to take toxic chemicals out of their products. Specifically, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is working to get manufacturers such as L’Oreal, Proctor and Gamble, and Grecian Formula to remove toxic chemicals and replace them with safer alternatives.
Pushing major retailers to stop carrying personal care products with dangerous chemicals. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is focusing on Walmart and Dollar General, asking the two to stop selling products with carcinogens and other toxic chemicals.