Pink Ribbon Blues hits the nail on the head with this blog post wrapping up Breast Cancer Awareness Month, making a strong case for why we must go Beyond the Pink:
1. Preventing breast cancer is key to reducing the burden of the disease.
2. The best way to prevent breast cancer is to look at environmental factors like toxic chemical exposure.
3. Breast cancer 'awareness' campaigns mask "conflicts of interests and inconvenient truths about causation as well as detection, recurrence, death, and the collateral damage of treatment."
"The Breast Cancer Fund has dared to raise awareness of environmental links to breast cancer, is regarded as a go-to source for information about cancer and the environment and is committed to calling out a particularly vile brand of pinkwashing– companies involved in breast cancer awareness while selling products with known environmental toxins."
Read on in the full post.
Posted by Breast Cancer Fund on October 31, 2013 at 10:53 AM in Chemicals policy reform, Choose Safe Cosmetics, Eat & Live Better, Federal Legislation, General Public Health, Make Our Products Safe, Make Prevention a Public Health Priority, Mammography, News article | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
The San Francisco Chronicle reports on Target's new sustainability standard that will evaluate and rank personal care and cleaning products based on ingredient safety and disclosure and environmental impact.
Target's new standard will redefine sustainability for consumers and manufacturers, and will be applied to 7,500 cleaning, personal care and beauty, and baby-care products that are currently on its shelves. According to Janet Nudelman, the Breast Cancer Fund's director of program and policy, the new standard could create a sea change in the personal care products industry.
"Retail stores have the power to shift the market in the same way that regulation does," Nudelman said in the article. "If a Walmart or Target says to (manufacturers), 'We want you to take the safety of ingredients more seriously,' they're going to do it."
While consumer demand appears to be forcing companies to change their ways, there's still a strong need for federal regulations.
"It shouldn't be the responsibility of Target to do the job of the federal government," Nudelman said. "And kudos to Target for doing their fair share. But at the end of the day, we need stricter federal regulations so these toxic chemicals don't get into cosmetics in the first place."
Read on in the full San Francisco Chronicle article.
Posted by Breast Cancer Fund on October 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM in Chemicals policy reform, Choose Safe Cosmetics, Cosmetics, Create a Healthy Home, Eat & Live Better, Federal Legislation, General Public Health, News article | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
"For years, the The Breast Cancer Fund has fought for true breast cancer prevention—not just early detection of the disease but actually stopping cancer before it invades the body. The group focuses on getting toxic chemicals out of everyday products."
Read on in the full article.
Posted by Breast Cancer Fund on October 28, 2013 at 02:54 PM in Chemicals policy reform, Choose Safe Cosmetics, Cosmetics, Create a Healthy Home, Eat & Live Better, General Public Health, General Science, Green Our Chemical System, Household Products, Make Prevention a Public Health Priority, News article | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
The Salt Lake Tribune reports on the LEGACY Girls study, a longterm study focusing on the influence of behavior, environment and diet on pubertal growth in girls aged 6 to 13 years. LEGACY, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute, is an acronym for Lessons in Epidemiology and Genetics of Adult Cancer from Youth. At Breast Cancer Registry sites in San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto and Salt Lake City the girls and their guardians answer questionnaires every six months about exercise habits, the food they eat and the cosmetics, hair gels and perfumes they use. The girls will be measured and weighed, and also provide samples of saliva and urine to test for hormonal and genetic changes.
Breast Cancer Fund President and CEO Jeanne Rizzo was quoted in the article, saying that studies like LEGACY are valuable because they provide a broad sweep of data.
“When you go to the doctor, they may ask if you smoke or drink alcohol, but they don't ask anything about workplace exposures or what chemicals you use,” she said. “So when we turn around and try to understand how a person gets sick, we don't have the data.”
Read on in the full article.
Posted by Breast Cancer Fund on October 28, 2013 at 09:23 AM in Chemicals policy reform, Choose Safe Cosmetics, Eat & Live Better, General Public Health, Make Prevention a Public Health Priority, News article, Protect Your Family | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
“Dare to be Revlon.” That’s Revlon’s motto.
But with all the chemicals linked to cancer and other serious health concerns in Revlon products, no woman should take that dare. To make things worse, Revlon—one of the biggest cosmetics manufacturers in the world—is running ads promoting its support of breast cancer awareness. Do you smell the scent of irony? Do you see the glimmering shades of hypocrisy?
The Breast Cancer Fund and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics teamed up with online women’s group UltraViolet to demand the company drop these and other dangerous chemicals from its products.
This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, tell Revlon that if it really cares about cancer—and if it dares to take credit for helping women with cancer—it’s time to come clean and remove toxic chemicals from its products.
Posted by Breast Cancer Fund on October 24, 2013 at 09:25 AM in Chemicals policy reform, Choose Safe Cosmetics, Eat & Live Better, General Public Health, Make Prevention a Public Health Priority | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
The ABC affiliate in Syracuse ran two stories featuring the Breast Cancer Fund including one on Target and Walmart's new steps to clean up chemicals in products and another on our prenatal report, which calls for the urgent need to get the toxic endocrine disruptor, BPA, out of food cans in order to protect pregnant women and future generations.
"We've been seeing mercury in face cream, formaldehyde in hair straightening products, heavy metals in lipsticks and lip glosses," explained Janet Nudelman, the Director of Program and Policy for the Breast Cancer Fund and Co-Founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. “Lead in lipstick, these are connected to cancer, reproductive and development harm.”
"Consumer concerns have led manufacturers to remove it from baby bottles and infant formula packaging, but BPA could pose a risk to children long before they take their first sip of milk, according to the Breast Cancer Fund."
Posted by Breast Cancer Fund on October 21, 2013 at 11:51 AM in Bisphenol A, Chemicals policy reform, Choose Safe Cosmetics, Federal Legislation, General Public Health, General Science, Make Our Products Safe, News article | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
This San Jose Mercury News article tells the story of how a bootstrap effort to examine ingredients in cosmetics grew into a national movement, also known as our Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and transformed the personal care products industry.
"'They really moved the needle on this,' Tracey Woodruff, director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment at UC San Francisco, said of the campaign. 'The way that we think about cosmetics and chemicals has changed because of the work that they did.'"
The story was re-published throughout the Bay Area as part of the Bay Area Newsgroup and beyond in papers including: The Seattle Times, The Contra Costa Times, The Monterey Herald, The Farmington Daily Times, The Carlsbad Current-Argus, The Chico Enterprise-Record and more.
A sidebar outlines major milestones of the Safe Cosmetics Movement, including:
"2001: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases the first National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, a study of 27 chemicals in people, including seven types of phthalates. Scientists found women of childbearing age had the highest levels of certain phthalates -- in some cases, above the federal safety standard.
2002: Jane Houlihan, Charlotte Brody and Bryony Schwan, founding members of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, co-author "Not Too Pretty," a report detailing phthalates levels in common beauty products.
2004: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is founded in San Francisco. The group sends letters to 250 cosmetics companies asking them to reformulate products and eliminate any hazardous ingredients.
2005: The California Safe Cosmetics Act is signed into law, requiring manufacturers and distributors that sell cosmetic products in the state report to the Department of Public Health ingredients known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
2006: California signs into law the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program, the first state-level biomonitoring program, to study chemical levels in people.
2008: A study by the National Academies shows that phthalates can affect the development of the male reproductive system.
2009: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics releases "No More Toxic Tub," a study that shows chemicals associated with cancer in baby products, including Johnson & Johnson brands.
2009: A University of Michigan study shows phthalates exposure may lead to premature births. A 2011 study from the same university confirms that phthalates interfere with thyroid functions in humans, potentially disrupting reproduction systems, metabolism and energy balance.
2010: Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., introduces for the first time a federal Safe Cosmetics Act in Congress, outlining new regulations for cosmetic ingredient testing, product labeling and safety standards.
2011: Johnson & Johnson announces it will eliminate from baby products certain preservatives that release formaldehyde and other chemicals that have been linked to cancer by 2013. A year later, it promises to remove potentially harmful chemicals from all adult products by 2015, becoming the first major consumer products company to make such a widespread commitment.
March 2013: Schakowsky introduces a new draft of the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act. The bill has not been taken up for consideration by Congress.
September 2013: Procter & Gamble announces the elimination of some phthalates and triclosan, chemicals that some studies have linked to cancer and reproductive harm.
September 2013: Walmart announces a new chemical policy requiring that beginning in January suppliers reduce or eliminate about 10 chemicals commonly used in beauty products, household cleaners and cosmetics. Walmart has declined to make the list of chemicals public.
October 2013: Target begins collecting ingredient information for 7,500 products including household cleaners, personal care and baby care. Target will rate each product on a scale of zero to 100, based on the manufacturer's transparency about ingredients and the product's environmental and health impacts. In 2014, Target will begin rating cosmetics for safety using the new standards.
December 2013: Deadline for the California Department of Public Health to publish an online database that will allow the public to search for any beauty product and get a list of ingredients, based on information the state collects through the Safe Cosmetics Act.Francisco, said of the campaign. 'The way that we think about cosmetics and chemicals has changed because of the work that they did.'"
Posted by Breast Cancer Fund on October 10, 2013 at 09:45 AM in Air & Water, Chemicals policy reform, Choose Safe Cosmetics, Create a Healthy Home, General Public Health, News article | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
Our own Science and Education Manager Connie Engel discusses three of the toxic chemicals that should top Walmart's pending hit list in an interview that aired on CBS-San Francisco.
Watch the full video here and see our press release on Walmart's announcement. While eliminating as many as ten toxic chemicals from Walmart's toxic inventory is a big step forward, it's just the tip of the iceberg.
Posted by Breast Cancer Fund on September 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM in Choose Safe Cosmetics, General Public Health, General Science, Green Our Chemical System, Household Products, Make Our Products Safe, News article, Phthalates, Protect Your Family, Protect Yourself & the Environment | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
After ten years of fighting for safer makeup, shampoos, and lotions, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics scored two important victories this week when Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, and Procter & Gamble (P&G), the largest consumer goods maker in the country, announced they were taking steps to reduce the toxic chemicals found on store shelves and in everyday products.
On Thursday, Walmart announced it was committed to banning as many as 10 toxic chemicals from products sold in its stores, including national and store-brand cosmetics, personal and beauty products, and household cleaners.
Last week it was reported that P&G decided to eliminate the toxic chemicals triclosan and DEP, an ingredient found in fragrances, from all its products globally by 2014. One of the chemicals that Walmart plans to ban is also expected to be triclosan, found in everything from toothpaste to hand sanitizer to moisturizers. Both chemicals have been targeted for removal by the Campaign because of their links to breast cancer and reproductive harm.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics credits adoption of these and a growing number of other “safe cosmetics” chemical policies by retailers and manufacturers to a vocal and growing public demand that everyday products like make-up, shampoo, lotions, and sunscreen be free of chemicals that harm human health. Over the last decade, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released groundbreaking reports that revealed lead in lipstick, heavy metals in kid’s face paint,toxic formaldehyde in baby shampoo, and hormone-disrupting chemicals in fragrances, casting a spotlight on the breadth of cosmetics and personal care products containing chemicals linked to adverse health effects. In response, a majority of consumers have been voting with their pocketbooks and choosing to support safer products made without toxic chemicals.
Janet Nudelman, director of program and policy for the Breast Cancer Fund and co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, said:
“The message that tens of thousands of consumers have been sending for the past decade is finally getting through: toxic chemicals don’t belong in the personal care products we use every day. It’s so heartening to see our years of hard work paying off. There are two things I’d like to say to Walmart and P&G: Congratulations for this important first step in the right direction. But please don’t wait another 10 years to finish the job – there’s lots more to do to ensure that all of your cosmetics and personal care products are safe for everyone.”