We are currently surveying young women of color in Northern Manhattan to better understand their use of and attitudes towards personal care products. The following informational pamphlet is what we have been handing out to individuals once they have taken the survey:
DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS IN YOUR COSMETICS, HAIR CARE, & OTHER PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS?
Personal care products are largely unregulated and many of the items you use every day contain toxic chemicals. Everyone is at risk, but women of color face the greatest exposure from the products that are marketed to them.
To ensure our community is aware of the risks posed by the chemicals commonly found in these products, WE ACT has partnered with Columbia’s NIEHS Center for Environmental Health and the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health to bring you a community briefing on cosmetics and other personal care products.
Our goal is to raise awareness of the serious health hazards people face when using these products as well as to provide suggestions on how you can minimize those risks.
Virtual Congressional Briefing on Health Impacts of Toxic Personal Care Products and Cosmetics
The $220 billion cosmetics industry can and does use toxic chemicals linked to serious health harm in the beauty, hair and personal care products we bring into our homes and workplaces daily. These chemical exposures have been linked to cancer, infertility, miscarriage, poor infant and maternal health outcomes, birth defects, learning disabilities, obesity, asthma, and many other serious health concerns. Everyone is at risk, but women and girls of color face the greatest exposure from the beauty products that are marketed to them.
On March 26, 2020, WE ACT conducted an online congressional briefing on the health impacts of toxic personal care products and cosmetics on women and girls of color. Participants learned about the toxic chemicals in products marketed to communities of color, how businesses are responding and the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019—the only federal cosmetic safety legislation that would immediately ban more than a dozen of the worst toxic chemicals from cosmetics, fund research into safer alternatives, require full fragrance ingredient disclosure and address the over-exposure of communities of color to toxic chemicals in the toxic products marketed to them.
WE ACT’s Beauty Inside Out online congressional briefing on Mar. 26, 2020.