It is important to be an informed consumer, but we feel that you can’t shop your way out of this problem. Our toxic and cosmetic laws are awful at protecting consumers. What we need most is reform of these laws, especially at the federal level.
What to Do:
Your opinion really matters, and politicians do listen to their constituents. So, take a moment to contact you legislature on the issues that affect you. It only takes a minute.
How to Contact: Email, letter, Tweet, phone (including leaving a message after hours).
Find your state and federal representatives at: USA.gov Contact Elected Representatives
What to Say:
“Hi, my name is (your name) , from (city) . I am very concerned about toxic chemical in consumer products including cosmetics. Please support reform of chemical safety laws. Please vote yes on (name chemical reform bill) . Thank you.”
Thank them for past actions
Have correct information
Ask them to do a specific action. For example, “please vote for…”.
To see federal chemical reform bills that are coming up for a vote visit Thomas, the Library of Congress Legislative Website. For information on current environmental legislation visit EENews.net. Also, search for your state government’s legislative website for local information.
In the Mean Time:
In the mean time, before our representatives reform our laws, try to reduce your exposure to toxics.
Easy Ways to Reduce Your Exposure:
- Buy only the safer alternatives. If consumers stop buying the unhealthy products, companies will be forced to listen.
- Spread the word! Warn your friends and family about the toxins in cosmetics.
- Contact you government officials and let them know that you want clean products. To find their contact info visit: create link to site
- Contact the cosmetic companies and tell them to remove toxic chemicals from their products. Companies do listen to consumer demands!
Contact Cosmetic Companies:
Companies listen to consumer demands! Tell companies that you want clean cosmetics and clean consumer products. Nalgene, Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us, and other major companies are switching to BPA free products because consumers asked them to! Eden foods now uses only BPA free cans for their canned food. Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Target. Hasbro and Mattel have removed phthalates from children’s products. However, there is still a lot of work to do to get toxic chemicals out of cosmetics. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is asking cosmetic companies to sign a pledge to only use clean, safe ingredients. So far 1,249 companies have signed!See which companies have made the pledge at: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.