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Is Change Coming to the Beauty Industry? Here’s the Latest on Legislation

Is Change Coming to the Beauty Industry? Here’s the Latest on Legislation

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At Follain, we advocate for better, safer beauty products, and that means we’re always keeping an eye on measures that could further (or set back) our mission, whether in Washington, D.C. or state governments across the country. With Election Day 2018 upon us, we think it’s the perfect time for a quick review of the latest legislative developments for the cosmetics industry. After all, knowledge is power.

For the Win: California Goes Anti-Animal Cruelty

We’ve always taken a firm stance against animal testing, so we’re thrilled that California passed the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act in September. This law, which will take effect on January 1, 2020, prohibits manufacturers from selling any cosmetic product that has been tested on animals or includes ingredients that have been tested in that way (with some exceptions for regulatory requirements). Bravo, California!

Work in Progress: 3 Better Beauty Bills to Keep an Eye On

1. The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2018
Rep. Janice Schakowsky of Illinois introduced this bill in September, and we’re excited about it for a few reasons. It gives the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to establish a list of restricted ingredients for personal care products and to recall products when necessary. In its current form, the bill also requires companies list all ingredients used in their products. You might be thinking, “But don’t they already do this?” The short answer is no, and one of the biggest culprits is fragrance; manufacturers don’t have to specify ingredients used to create fragrance, which means their formulas can and often do include toxic chemicals. This brand new bill is likely to get tweaked in the upcoming months and it’s certainly one to watch.

2. The Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2018
When it comes to the health of our planet and the people on it, sustainable chemistry (also known as green chemistry) is crucial. This field focuses on the “design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous substances,” according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In July, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Chris Coons of Delaware introduced a bill to expand the number of safe, sustainable ingredients available to consumer goods companies. To achieve this, the bill proposes establishing a federal program to promote sustainable chemistry research, training, and education.

3. The Personal Care Products Safety Act
We helped lobby for this bill last year as part of the Counteract Coalition, an alliance of 15 personal care brands fighting for better safety standards in the industry. It’s still sitting in congressional review, but we’re keeping an eye on it. Introduced in May 2017 by Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Susan Collins of Maine, it’s similar to the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2018. Among other things, it would give the FDA power to regulate the chemicals used by the personal care industry—which it can’t currently do—and issue a mandatory recall if a product is found to be unsafe.

These kinds of changes take time, but we believe they’re worth the time and effort. In the meantime, you can trust that anything you buy at Follain is made with only the best, most nourishing ingredients—and absolutely none of the bad stuff.

November 2, 2018

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