What Is The Compact for Safe Cosmetics?

November 10, 2010

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a coalition effort to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products. Partners include the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, the Breast Cancer Fund, Commonweal, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth and Women’s Voices for the Earth. Long time readers know that I have been writing about individual toxic ingredients in skin care products for years now, and a lot of the information I gather up comes from these guys. Their goal is to improve the safety of products made by companies who sign on and in turn help us, the consumers, make better choices when shopping for skin care items. When companies sign the pledge, they are agreeing not only to make safer products, but also to provide greater transparency to consumers about their products. By signing The Compact, cosmetics manufacturers pledge to these 6 steps:

1. Comply with the EU Cosmetics Directive.
2. Disclose all ingredients.
3. Publish and regularly update product information in EWG’s Skin Deep database.
4. Comply with ingredient prohibitions and restrictions under the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and substitute ingredients of concern with safer alternatives.
5. Substantiate the safety of all products and ingredients with publicly available data.
6. Participate in the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

As of the writing of this article, there are 1,513 signers of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, including some pretty well known brands:

Alima Pure
Aubrey Organics
California Baby
Hugo Naturals

Granted, just because they have signed this pledge does not necessarily mean that their products are completely safe and non-toxic. It just means that they are taking steps to be transparent with consumers and to make their products better for us and the environment, which I hope eventually lead to 100% natural and safe ingredients. Most of these companies definitely have some work to do, and by signing it should hold them to their pledges. Because of loopholes in the law, companies are allowed to use nearly any ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products. The Compact for Safe Cosmetics aims to stop this practice.

So what are all those chemicals in your shampoo? your lipstick? your aftershave? And what do they have to do with asthma, cancer and learning disabilities? Check out The Story of Cosmetics, a new short film from the Story of Stuff Project.

For more info or to look up if your favorite company has signed the pledge, check out The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

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After a varied past of being a test driver for automotive television programs, a Hollywood studio lackey, and an online media sales director, David is now the publisher and editor of The Good Human. In his spare time he rides motorcycles, drinks good beer, and builds stuff in the garage. You can follow him on Twitter at @thegoodhuman or G+ at Google
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Comments (2)

  1. Tara says:

    “Granted, just because they have signed this pledge does not necessarily mean that their products are completely safe and non-toxic.”

    I think that’s a key point people need to remember. I’m always happy to hear that companies are doing something towards making their products safer and less toxic, but people still need to pay attention, read the labels, etc.

    Additionally, I have young kids and I want them to have a variety of safe/non-toxic products available to them as well.

  2. christian louboutin says:

    I know this is really boring and you are skipping to the next comment, but I just wanted to throw you a big thanks – you cleared up some things for me!