Should We Count on Companies to Protect Us From Toxic Chemicals?
” … Some retail and manufacturing giants are abandoning toxic chemicals in personal care and other products in favour of safer ingredients.
This market shift is a direct response to mounting scientific evidence of harm from chemical exposure and to a groundswell of consumer demand spurred by groups like the BreastCancerFund‘s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, SaferChemicals‘ Mind the Store campaign, SafeCosmeticsaction alerts and many others.
But peek behind this story of voluntary corporate action and you’ll see a federal system that is failing to protect the public from toxic chemicals in our everyday products; a government so stymied that its work on chemicals management has been easily eclipsed by a handful of companies making a few corporate policy changes... ”
Simple. The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful that they have kept themselves unregulated for decades.
Why do companies market themselves as pink ribbon leaders in the fight against breast cancer, yet use hormone-disrupting and carcinogenic chemicals that may contribute to that very disease?
Why do products used by men and women of childbearing age contain chemicals linked to birth defects and infertility?
As doors slammed in their faces and the beauty myth peeled away, the industry’s toxic secrets began to emerge. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover. The good news is that while the major multinational companies fight for their right to use hazardous chemicals, entrepreneurs are developing safer non-toxic technologies and building businesses on the values of health, justice and personal empowerment.
“A new book, No Family History, presents compelling evidence that exposure to everyday products such as cosmetics and toiletries, hormones in food, household cleaners and pesticides is behind the dramatic increase in breast cancer and argues that the solution is simple: prevention. “
Read New Book: Are Everyday Products From Cosmetics To Household Cleaners Causing The High Rates Of Breast Cancer?, medicalnewstoday, 17 June 2009.