New and improved Safe Cosmetics Act could boost green chemistry (Forbes, 6/27/2011)


The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, federal legislation strongly supported by the Breast Cancer Fund and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (a project of ours), was introduced in the U.S. House on Friday, June 24, 2011.

This is excellent news for consumers left scratching their heads about which shampoo to buy; many cosmetics contain harmful chemicals, a legal practice under current law. But as a new piece on Forbes' blog points out, it's also a boon for cosmetics companies that want to make safe, healthy products but don't currently get all the information they need from ingredient suppliers.

The Breast Cancer Fund's Program and Policy Director Janet Nudelman explains some of the benefits for small businesses, including supplier transparency:

Nudelman says other companies are pleased with this part of the Act as well. "We call this the Producer Right-to-Know, and the companies we're working with are quite pleased with it," she says. "We always talk about consumers' right-to-know, but producers have a right to know as well—they are the ones that will be held liable if a harmful ingredient sneaks into their product." (Read complete article.)


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