Well & Aware

How We Helped Oregon Pass a Major Bill Protecting Public Health

This week we are celebrating a major public policy victory that shows how reforming the cosmetic industry is possible. The Oregon state legislature just passed a law, the Toxic Free Kids Act, that would require manufacturers to disclose and eventually remove 66 harmful chemicals from children’s toys, clothes, and personal care products. Many of these toxic chemicals are found in the skin care industry as well, including certain hormone-disrupting phthalates, parabens, and harmful contaminants like 1,4-dioxane. It’s no surprise that these are all on Beautycounter’s Never List.

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We’re proud to have publicly supported this bill as a rare business voice advocating for better laws to help protect our health. Since day one, we’ve asked Congress to reform our 1938 federal cosmetic safety law. Our founder and CEO, Gregg Renfrew, knows that getting safer products into the hands of everyone is more than just creating safer, high-performing products; it’s also about reforming our state and federal laws.

To execute our mission, we partnered with our friends at the Oregon Environmental Council, a statewide non-profit organization that collaborates with businesses to protect people and the environment. They led a multi-year campaign to pass the Toxic Free Kids Act, and continue to work for safer chemicals and products in the marketplace.

Late last week the Toxic Free Kids Act passed both the Oregon House and Senate and is now headed to Governor Kate Brown’s desk. Beautycounter played a small but meaningful role in supporting this bill throughout the legislative session: We testified in support of the bill, mobilized our network of independent Consultants to contact their legislators, and met with legislators several times during the legislative session.

The Toxic Free Kids Act may be a state law, but rest assured it will help transform the entire children’s products industry. This victory is something we should all be proud of, and proves how change is possible when we band together.

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