Finally, some good news to report! The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics announced Wednesday that 321 personal-care companies, from mom-and-pop operations to some of the largest names in the industry, have met the goals of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a voluntary pledge to not only eliminate chemicals banned by health agencies outside the United States but also fully disclose the ingredients in their products. “These companies have truly broken the mold,” says Janet Nudelman, program director of the Breast Cancer Fund, a founding member of the campaign. “They are leading the cosmetics industry toward safety, showing it’s possible to make products with full transparency and without using hazardous chemicals.”
The compact, which lists more than 1,500 signatories, is a project seven years in the making. Its primary goal: to raise the bar for safe personal-care products. Using tools developed by researchers at the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database, which tracks each company’s compliance with the compact’s goals, the campaign singled out 321 members for achieving “Champion” status and an additional 111 as “Innovators” for making significant progress.
The campaign singled out 321 members for achieving “Champion” status and an additional 111 as “Innovators” for making significant progress.
Fulfilling the terms of the pledge includes complying with the EU Cosmetics Directive, publishing and updating product information in the EWG’s Skin Deep database, complying with ingredient prohibitions and restrictions under the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, substituting ingredients of concerns with safer alternatives, and substantiating the safety of all products and ingredients with publicly available data.
Kudos to the companies involved for paving the way for products that exceed current—and admittedly wobbly—safety standards in the United States, as well as demonstrating that safe personal-care products make for good business. We’re looking forward to watching their ranks swell.