I don’t usually ask for you to take political action, I’m just not that overt about my politics.
But there’s an important bill that needs our support in DC.
When I heard about it I immediately sent my representative a letter. And you can too.
Why you should care…
There are major gaps in the federal laws that govern beauty and personal care products. The current law is only 2.5 pages long and is over 80 years old. I’m pretty sure there have been some changes in the way cosmetics have been produced in those 80 years.
Representative Jan Schakowsky introduced the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019 (H.R. 4296), finally adding stricter regulations including:
Banning over a dozen of the worst chemicals from cosmetics
Funding research into safer alternatives to toxic chemicals negatively impacting communities of color and salon workers
Requiring full disclosure of fragrance ingredients*
Banning most animal testing
*Fragrance/parfum is currently a proprietary term meaning that cosmetics companies aren’t required to reveal the individual chemicals included within the term
I’m asking you to please take a moment and support this bill. Show Congress that we care about the safety of our products.
Each of us is an advocate every day. How we choose to spend our money is advocacy.
Buying organic vegetables - you’re an advocate for farming practices with fewer pesticides. Bringing your reusable cup to the coffee shop - you’re an advocate for creating less waste. Choosing a local restaurant - you’re an advocate for local commerce and supporting a family business.
Thank you for voting with your dollar and making smart and conscious decisions about the products and causes you support.
If you want more suggestions how how to get involved, check out my quick to do list.