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Tomorrow’s Leaf Has Been Approved to Endorse And Support The Personal Products Safety Act.

We’ve got some pretty exciting news to share with you and it’s all about the new Personal Care Products Safety Act. Although it’s truthfully not perfect, it’s certainly better than the current regulations and if passed, this act will ensure your personal care products are an awful lot safer.

We are over the moon to have been asked to give the bill our seal of approval and we are very excited about what it means for our industry.

As clean, green producers already abiding by strict EU cosmetic regulations, we have been relentlessly banging the drum for this amendment, which promotes stricter regulations here in the States. Well it seems we can put down our drum, for a little while at least, as the bill is making its way through legislature as we type.

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So what exactly does the bill do?

For a start, it comes down hard on chemicals. At present, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibit or restrict just 12 ingredients, including mercury and chloroform (I don’t suppose ‘Eau de Mercury’ would be a big seller!). By comparison, the EU has a staggering 1,300+ ingredients on its banned list.

If the cosmetics safety bill passes, each year the FDA will independently review the safety of at least five chemicals. The first five up for review are diazolidinyl urea (apreservative), lead acetate (color additive), methylene glycol/methanediol/formaldehyde (hair straighteners and preservatives), propylparaben (preservative) and quaternium-15 (formaldehyde-releasing preservative and surfactant). Before ya’ll start jumping up and down shouting “yay finally”, this is where we think some smart Senator could suggest adopting the 1300+ chemicals Europe has already reviewed and determined unsafe. Imagine how many years it will take the US to catch up to Europe? Anyone got a calculator to figure that out? Yup, a loooong while.

For those of you worried the beauty industry is going back to the Stone Age when only mud and moss existed, this is not the case. What the bill will do is give the FDA more power to scope out and ban nasty chemicals.

It will also enable them to recall unsafe products, as at the moment they can only suggest that products deemed unsafe are taken off our shelves.

It also gives them the authority to say how products should be made, as at the moment they can only recommend manufacturing processes – but nobody actually has to stick to them. For those who think this sounds like madness, join the club!

A big step forward

In short, this bill is set to be a giant leap for the nation’s health and would ensure that all products and ingredients are manufactured and produced to much higher, fairer standards – something everyone should be concerned with. We’re all consumers, and it’s time we got savvy about what we’re putting on our skin and how it made it onto our shelves!

The top 10 points you need to know about this new bill and the history of the beauty industry regulations…

  • In April 2015, Senators Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act. If the new bill goes through, it will give the FDA regulatory authority over personal care products. 
  • It’s been 75 years since the personal care industry’s regulations were updated
  • If passed, this new, updated bill would offer greater protection for consumers against harmful toxins
  • All registered owners, operators, manufacturers or processors of cosmetics in the US would need to register their facility with the FDA
  • Cosmetic companies would also submit ingredient statements to the FDA, including the amounts of each ingredient and any warning labels
  • This information would be available online and transparent to consumers, which is a big step toward truth in labelling and safety (at the moment, full disclosure of ingredients is not required)
  • Currently, there is a lack of regulation for cosmetics in America. Most people aren’t even aware of the chemicals they are subjecting their bodies to on a daily basis
  • On average, women use 12 personal care products each day, exposing themselves to 168 chemicals
  • The US currently only has 12 restricted chemicals for cosmetics. In comparison, the EU has banned more than 1,300 chemicals from cosmetics, which are known to cause some nasty health problems
  • Feinstein and Collins’ proposed legislation obviously has its downsides; no bill is perfect. Concerns for animal testing is one issue (something we will never do), but ultimately it’s hoped it will have a big impact on consumer safety in the long run
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