According to the Environmental Working Group the average American uses 10 personal care products each day exposing themselves to 126 different cosmetic chemicals. Without a degree in chemistry, even scrutinizing consumers are perplexed trying to decipher the ingredients on their favorite soaps, shampoos or lotions. Data is mounting regarding potential health risks associated with toxic cosmetic chemicals.
Unbelievably, manufacturers may use any ingredient or raw material, except for certain color additives and a few prohibited substances, to market a cosmetic product without government review or approval. Essentially, manufacturers regulate themselves through an industry appointed panel, the Cosmetics Ingredient Review (CIR). Additionally, the FDA does not define or regulate the use of the term “organic” as it applies to cosmetics, body care, or personal care products. Only the USDA can guarantee organic standards but they have no authority over the production and labeling of cosmetics, body care products, and personal care products that are not made up of agricultural ingredients.
WE BELIEVE THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE.
All product ingredients must be labeled accurately, have established safety data, and have no risk of being exposed to contamination via manufacturing or packaging.
All materials must be sustainable, biodegradable, reusable, or recyclable and have energy efficient processing techniques available throughout entire lifecycle.
All ingredient suppliers must present organic certification issued by a USDA accredited certifier showing compliance with the National Organic Program and exhibit consistent pursuit of social equality.