This week our Founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew will head to Washington, D.C. to ask Congress to prioritize safe beauty. The last time Congress passed a major law overseeing the cosmetic industry was in 1938. The law, which is only one and a half pages long, does little to protect our health; harmful cosmetics ingredients are allowed in the products we put on our bodies every day. On the other hand, the European Union has banned or restricted nearly 1,400 chemicals from cosmetics. It’s safe to say the U.S. is dangerously behind the times.
Beautycounter’s mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Our game-changing Ingredient Selection Process starts by banning over 1,500 of the industry’s worst offenders. We go on to screen each and every ingredient to ensure none have links to health impacts like cancer, infertility, hormone disruption, and early puberty.
In addition to making safer products now, we work toward our mission for the future in three big, overarching ways:
We believe in empowering people to make more informed, safer choices in their lives. Every time our staff or our field of Independent Consultants speaks about this issue, people learn, often for this first time, that small exposures to toxic chemicals can have a big impact. We share trustworthy information so that you can make healthier choices at home—from beauty to cleaning products to safer mattresses. Our buying guides and partner tools—like the EWG Skin Deep database—arm consumers with better information. You play a part by sharing this important information with your friends and family.
Moving the Market
Making safer products in a virtually unregulated industry isn’t easy. We work with ingredient suppliers and formulators that understand our mission and are willing to move beyond the status quo. We also partner with universities, companies, and organizations to share ingredient information, test chemicals lacking safety data, and collaborate on projects that will move the market toward safety and transparency.
Advocating for Better Laws
We advocate for stronger, smarter laws on cosmetics and personal care products. We know that in order to make products safer for everyone, we need to fix our broken system. Not only will reforming our laws protect public health, but it also has the potential to help businesses innovate, which is good for our industry and for the U.S. economy.
Gregg said it well:
Reforming our laws isn’t a pipe dream. It is needed, practical, and possible. And it is happening as we speak. Earlier this year, Beautycounter helped pass one of the strongest consumer protection laws in the country. We worked with partners in Oregon to restrict more than 66 of the most toxic chemicals in children’s products. And we’re not stopping there. Now we need our leaders in Washington to prioritize safe beauty and protect our health.
We believe our mission-driven approach to product safety is the best way to truly clean up the beauty industry. And in all three of these categories, you play an important role.
Our meetings in Washington, D.C. will be amplified if you do your part back home. Ask Congress to prioritize safe beauty, and then tell your friends and family to join the movement for better beauty.