The Story of Cosmetics launches — and Congress takes action

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This could go down as one of the biggest days in the history of cosmetics safety in the U.S. Today the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (a project of the Breast Cancer Fund), all our partner organizations, and our friends at the Story of Stuff Project and Free Range Studios launched The Story of Cosmetics, a short online film that tells it like it is: right now there’s no required safety testing of ingredients in personal care products, resulting in chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases in our shampoo, our lotion, our lipstick – and in us. Watch the whole fantastic video below.

It all sounds sort of grim until you get to this news: today Congress determined to do something about this ugly beauty mess.

Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., today introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, (HR 5786), which gives the Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients.

Existing law, passed in 1938, granted decision-making about ingredient safety to the cosmetics industry – classic fox-guarding-the-hen-house scenario.

On this momentous day, there are three really important things you can go to help secure safe cosmetics for everyone:

(1) Watch the film

(2) Share the film

(3) Ask your Representative in Congress to represent your opinion: toxic chemicals don’t belong in cosmetics. We need additional co-sponsors of the Safe Cosmetics Act!

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