Top 10 tips to prevent breast cancer

Welcome to Breast Cancer Awareness month, when pink ribbons cover everything from toxic cosmetics to BPA-lined food cans, urging us to be aware of breast cancer. But when 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease, how much more awareness do we need? The Breast Cancer Fund is working to shift the conversation … Read more…

Are lipsticks dangerous? (CNN, 4/4/2014)

Sharima Rasanayagam This article, which was written by Breast Cancer Fund Director of Science Sharima Rasanayagam, appears on CNN.com.  Every day millions of women apply lipstick without a second thought. What many don't know is that lipsticks may contain lead, the notorious metal that can cause learning, language and behavioral problems. Lead is a neurotoxin … Read more…

Avon finally gives triclosan the boot (The Guardian, 4/1/2014)

Facing pressure from shareholders and consumers who want safer cosmetics, Avon announced it will phase out the toxic chemical triclosan from its beauty and personal care products. While the Breast Cancer Fund and our Campaign for Safe Cosmetics are pleased that Avon has taken action to remove this hormonally active chemical, we’re pushing the company … Read more…

Wal-Mart asks suppliers to stop using harmful chemicals (San Jose Mercury News, 2/28/14)

Wal-Mart notified suppliers they will need to reformulate soaps, makeup, household cleaners and more on Thursday as part of their new chemical policy.  Our media relations manager, Margie Kelly, was quoted in the San Jose Mercury News article about the new policy: "This is going to change the standard nationwide," said Margie Kelly, spokeswoman for … Read more…

The ‘No More Tears’ shampoo, now with no formaldehyde (New York Times, 1/17/14)

“The company is responding…to a fundamental shift in consumer behavior, as an increasingly informed public demands that companies be more responsive to their concerns…”

Media roundup: New study finds exposure to toxic phthalates in decline (1/15-1/16)

Phthalate levels are declining in our bodies, according to a study published on Wednesday by Environmental Health Perspectives. Study authors suggest that the decrease may be due to a federal ban on phthalates in toys, as well as cosmetics companies moving away from the use of these chemicals in response to advocacy efforts led by the … Read more…

California’s safe cosmetics database officially online, but it’s still the wild west

Last week, the California Safe Cosmetics Program launched a new website and searchable database that documents the presence of ingredients known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm in cosmetics and personal care products sold in California. Mandated by the California Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005 (championed by the Breast Cancer Fund), … Read more…

Should we count on companies to protect us from toxic chemicals? (Huffington Post, 1/9/2014)

There’s a good chance you missed one of the biggest but most under-reported business stories of 2013.

Walmart aims to reduce 10 toxic chemicals, but won’t divulge which (The Guardian, 12/19/2013)

Walmart says it will cut down on toxic chemicals used in household products, but it won’t tell us which chemicals it’s targeting…