Our partner the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has organized a petition to urge cosmetics companies to disclose the chemicals contained in their personal care products. We encourage our supporters to add their names to this important cause.
Here's some background from EWG:
More often than not, you’ll see “fragrance” listed as an ingredient on everything from lotion to shampoo to soap. But “fragrance” isn’t really a single chemical ingredient. It’s a black box that can encompass any number of more than 3,000 different secret chemical ingredients, including some linked to endocrine disruption and serious allergies.
For decades, federal regulations have allowed companies to use the word “fragrance,” hiding the identity of multiple potentially hazardous chemicals. But that could be about to change.
Unilever, the multibillion-dollar company behind popular brands like Dove, Lever 2000 and NEXXUS, has announced a plan to provide more details about the fragrance ingredients in all of its products. This is a HUGE step forward and a big opportunity to encourage other companies to follow suit.
As consumers, we have a right to hold corporations accountable and demand the information we need to protect ourselves and our families from harmful chemicals.
A 2010 EWG study found that on average, products listing the ingredient “fragrance” included 14 secret chemical ingredients not listed on the labels. The secret chemicals identified in the study included, diethyl phthalate a notorious endocrine disruptor, as well as 24 different sensitizing chemicals that can cause allergic reactions.
Americans have a right to know what’s in their personal care products and to protect their families from potentially harmful ingredients. If you agree, we need your voice with us.