Wisdom House shares its concern for health and wellnes with this video about toxins in cosmetics from "The Story of Stuff."
From The Story of Stuff Web site:
This morning, just hours after we released our new film, The Story of Cosmetics, three members of the U.S. Congress introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, which would close the gaping holes in federal regulation of personal care products.
The current law - if you can call 1938 'current' - allows the cosmetics industry to make its own decisions about what's safe. The FDA can't require companies to assess cosmetics ingredients for safety, can't require that all the chemicals in cosmetics are disclosed to consumers, and can't even require product recalls.
That's nearly as screwy as putting lead in lipstick!
We joined forces with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to release The Story of Cosmetics for two main reasons:
First, our 50-plus year experiment with 'better living through chemistry' is one of the most distressing features of the way we make our Stuff. We load everything from shampoo to cell phones with toxic chemicals-ingredients that we know or suspect are linked to cancer, reproductive harm, learning disabilities, and asthma.
Few consumer products tell the story of 'toxics in, toxics out' quite like cosmetics: the average person smears between 6 and 12 personal care products on his or her body every day. Its like a giant science experiment-we're using all of these mystery chemicals and just waiting to see what happens.
Which leads to the second reason we felt this story had to be told: for way too long the onus has been put on you and me to figure out what's safe and what's not.
Sure, we can choose to buy the safer products made by responsible companies, but the really important decisions don't happen when we take a product off the shelf. What counts is when companies and government agencies decide what should be allowed on the shelves in the first place.
Can't we all agree that a little more government action would be helpful when it comes to our safety and the safety of our children?
The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 would phase out the most dangerous chemicals, set up a system to assess cosmetic ingredients for safety, require companies to be transparent about what's in their products, and provide adequate resources for the FDA to do its job. It will also help small businesses in the cosmetics industry meet the new regulations and spur the development of greener chemicals.
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