Think: what are the top three products you use everyday without fail?
I’m wondering: if I asked you to tell me the ingredients exactly in these personal care products you use, would you know?
It’s ok. I didn’t know either.
I began my journey towards product awareness about a year and a half ago and since then my eyes have been opened to the personal care industry in America and the lack of regulation that exists. “If a product can be sold, then it is safe” is not universally true, unfortunately. However, we operate by this belief and it can be to our detriment.
This spring I asked my College Writing class to choose an activist movement for which they would like to lend their voices. We studied activism and learned the best ways to push our chosen movements forward. Most of my students chose to write about issues within the school, but a few dared to look into the community and use their voices as an agent of change. As a writing teacher, I always participate in the assignments and model the process for my students. I chose to advocate for the Personal Care Products Safety Act (PCPSA) and my choice activism was to write a letter to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders asking him to support the PCPSA. Here is what I sent:
In conjunction with my time in my classroom, I work passionately with Beautycounter as an educator and an advocate. At Beautycounter, it is our mission to work with the United States Congress to update the current regulations. I was able to share with my students how I lend my voice to a national issue and how becoming informed about a topic, for which I previously had little knowledge, changed my life!
What will the Personal Care Products Safety Act do?
- The bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require cosmetics companies to register their facilities with the FDA
- It will require companies to submit cosmetic ingredient statements to the FDA
- Should the FDA determine that a product has reasonable probability of causing serious adverse health consequences they may prohibit its distribution
- It will also require the FDA to review the safety of at least five cosmetic ingredients each year and establish conditions for safe use of an ingredient
- Companies will be required to report to the FDA any serious adverse health event associated with their products
This movement towards #betterbeauty is gaining traction everyday. It is a movement rooted in the belief that knowledge is power and that our voices matter. This work and this mission is inspiring and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow (the founder of Goop) and Kourtney Kardashian are even lending their voices. Here is what I have learned: no voice is too small and it is never too late to educate yourself about any topic you might be passionate. I challenge you to revisit your interests and passions. Educate yourself and others. Maybe, take action!
Now, what are the ingredients in those top three products? Go check your labels!
If you are interested in learning more about the Personal Care Products Safety Act please click HERE.
Want to lend your voice? Click HERE to urge Congress to support the Personal Care Products Safety Act.
being beautifully well,