Now, I am all for protecting the earth and natural ingredients, but a product has to work. And not all natural skincare products work. And not all of the natural ingredients are safe, many do not all go through the rigorous testing as chemical ingredients do.
Well, California and the California Environmental Protection Agency has their final recommendations for the green chemistry legislation. (cosmeticsdesign.com)
- Expand pollution prevention and product stewardship programs.
- Develop green chemistry education and training through new and existing programs and partnerships.
- Create an online product ingredient network to disclose chemical ingredients for products sold in California, while protecting trade secrets.
- Create an online toxics clearinghouse or online database of chemical toxicity and hazards populated with the guidance of a Green Ribbon Science Panel to help prioritize chemicals of concern and data needs.
- Accelerate the quest for safer products, creating a systematic, science-based process to evaluate chemicals of concern and alternatives to ensure product safety and reduce or eliminate the need for chemical-by-chemical bans.
- Move towards a cradle-to-cradle economy, establishing a California Green Products Registry to develop green metrics and tools (e.g. environmental footprint calculators, sustainability indexes) for a range of consumer products and encourage their use by businesses.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) claims it is watered down and devoid of substance.
“We hope we're wrong,” said EWG president Richard Wiles. “But these bills do not establish a human health safety standard or public health goal for chemicals of concern or their prospective substitutes. In fact, they are completely devoid of any tangible commitment to protect the health of the people of California.
“They provide a statutory shield for chemical companies who want to delay health protections and preserve the status quo while bureaucrats ponder the problem.”' (cosmeticdesign.com)
Knowing that the ingredients in our skincare products are safe is very important. All of this new regulation sounds very costly though and it sounds like it may hurt the companies and consumers' pocket books. I am for chemical companies too, I think all of the testing that they already do makes a product more safe than some natural ingredients.
And actually there is no such thing as a chemical free skincare product. Did you know that water is a chemical? Yup that is right, so is air. Water is H20 and air is made up of the chemicals nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide. So do not believe a company that tells you they are chemical free, because they are NOT! There is no reason to avoid chemicals at all cost in your products. Many natural companies like to cause fear and panic about chemicals, because that will get you to pay more for a product that may not even work. Plus, we know that the majority of chemical sunscreens have better protection of UVA rays than physical natural sunscreens.