What can you do to ensure your products are safe to use for you and your family?
- Education-first, educate yourself on what ingredients you should stay away from in beauty and personal care products. Even if the product or someone says it is natural, organic, green please check the ingredient list. I have purchased products that I thought were natural or didn’t contain toxic materials because of the claims they made and later found out their products had harmful ingredients in them.
- Share information with your family and friends. Just realize some people may not want to hear what you have to say. I’ve talked to a few people that I was shocked by their responses (I won’t name any names). I’ve heard things like “well everything can hurt you/causes cancer” or “it’s such a small amount of the ingredient it really doesn’t matter” or “I’m too old it doesn’t matter any more.” My response? I try to explain as much as I can but let them know it is their decision, but this is what I’m doing for me and my family.
- Don’t buy toxic products. There are so many safer, affordable options out there now.
- How you spend your money is how you vote on what exists in the world~ Vicki Robin
- Discuss your concerns about certain products with the company/manufacturer. Email them, ask them questions on Instagram or social media. Hopefully, the company/manufacturer will answer your question and be transparent about what ingredients are in their products.
- Write to your senator, legislator about your concerns.
RESOURCES & HOW TO ACT FOR CHANGE
Here are some amazing resources and companies that are spearheading the way to make our products safer. Please click on links to find out more information:
Beautycounter: Beauty Counter is on a mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone by committing to a health and safety standard that goes beyond what’s required by U.S. law. Beautycounter ensures all of their products do not contain questionable or harmful ingredients through The Never List™. Plus, Beautycounter takes action by advocating to law makers for the personal care industry to have stricter guidelines and regulatory laws to get everyone safer products and ingredients.
Breast Cancer Fund: The Breast Cancer Fund works to connect the dots between breast cancer and exposures to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environments. The Breast Cancer Fund works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics– The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics coalition, a project of the Breast Cancer Fund, works to protect the health of consumers, workers and the environment through public education and engagement, corporate accountability and sustainability campaigns and legislative advocacy designed to eliminate dangerous chemicals linked to adverse health impacts from cosmetics and personal care products.
Clean Beauty Revolution Au Naturale Cosmetics started the movement for the #cleanbeautyrevolution asking for stricter legislation. Specifically, they are asking law makers to make cosmetics safe by creating the Clean Beauty Standard that will protect consumers against harsh chemicals, beginning with required ingredient transparency. This means clear and accountable labelling of all cosmetic products. You can also read my post about it here.
EWG The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit organization. The EWG’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education to drive consumer choice and civic action.
MADE SAFE® is a non-profit organization that provides America’s first comprehensive human health-focused certification for nontoxic products across store aisles, from baby to personal care to household and beyond. Their goal is to change the way products are made in this country to ultimately eliminate the use of toxic chemicals altogether.
Think Dirty is a mobile application “Think Dirty® app is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. Just scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product, its ingredients, and shop cleaner options!”
These are just some of the references I use when researching ingredients/products and I will add more as the green beauty community movement continues.
References: Information from resources/companies from their websites, please see links above for details.