Thursday, August 5th, 2010...4:09 pm

The Story of Cosmetics, from Annie Leonard +

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How crazy is it that current FDA laws concerning personal care products haven’t changed since 1938? Apparently cosmetics companies aren’t required to meet any standards or regulations with their products. Crazy.

But there’s good news! Annie Leonard from The Story of Stuff has narrated this excellent video to educate us about what the heck we’re putting on our bodies, and on the very day it was released (July 22), the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 was introduced in Congress.

To take action and encourage your representatives to support the act, visit

Token quote from the 8-minute video: ”Even babies are being born pre-polluted.” Blarg.

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  • I think it’s important to remember that not only did this all begin based on the 1950s mindset, as is stated at the 4 min 47 second mark, but so too are the test methods we use to evaluate these chemicals.

    The larger problem we are facing is that we have “tested” and deemed “safe” tens of thousands of chemicals on animals only to find that the some results are not accurate. It’s time to use human-relevant non-animal testing practices as outlined by the National Academy of Sciences report, “Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy in 2007.”

    The potential for chemical reform is quite exciting, but it should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health and the environment. We need Congress to mandate and create market incentives to use nonanimal methods and tests.

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