Environmental Defence ranks the largest cosmetics companies in Canada
from best to worst on their chemical policies and use of toxic
ingredients in their products
TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - A new report released today finds the
largest cosmetics companies in Canada still need to give their products
and policies a makeover when it comes to toxic chemicals. The report Taking Stock: How the Cosmetics Industry Ranks on Toxic Chemicals ranks the Big 5 cosmetics companies on their progress to eliminate
harmful chemicals from their products. It shows that while some are
taking meaningful action, others still lag behind.
"The good news is that some companies are listening to the growing
concerns from their customers about the risks of these chemicals," said
Maggie MacDonald, toxics program manager with Environmental Defence.
"Others need to take the old saying to heart - the customer is always
right - and act to remove harmful chemicals."
For the report, Environmental Defence assessed whether the five largest
cosmetic companies in Canada have targets for eliminating harmful
ingredients, how they are addressing concerns about chemicals in their
products, and ingredient disclosure on their product labels. In
particular, the report looked at endocrine-disrupting chemicals in
cosmetics, which may have links to endocrine-related cancers such as
breast and testicular cancer.
Based on the research, the companies were given the following ranking
from best to worst:
Procter & Gamble
Johnson & Johnson
Procter & Gamble was recognized for being at the top of the industry for
their published policies to eliminate triclosan, phthalates, parabens
and 1,4-dioxane, chemicals with possible links to serious health
problems including cancer, as well as providing public information on
their website. In comparison, Estée Lauder and L'Oréal rounded out the
bottom of the list due to their lack of any published policies to phase
out harmful ingredients on their website.
"What is the most concerning is that these companies represent the
lion's share of the cosmetics and personal care products found on the
shelves of stores in Canada," said MacDonald. "Consumers are demanding
safer products. They have the right to know the products they buy are
safe, to protect their health and their family's health."
Environmental Defence, the organization that successfully advocated the
banning of BPA in baby bottles and phthalates in toys, is urging the
Big 5 cosmetics companies to eliminate the Toxic Ten ingredients (environmentaldefence.ca/toxicten); disclose all fragrance ingredients on product labelling; enact and
publicize company policies on chemicals in cosmetics, and set targets
to eliminate substances of concern; and increase transparency about
their ingredients and their toxics policies.
The Environmental Defence report Taking Stock: How the Cosmetics Industry Ranks on Toxic Chemicals can be downloaded at environmentaldefence.ca/takingstockcosmetics.
About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada's most effective environmental action
organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business
and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
SOURCE: Environmental Defence
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