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Scientists, pediatricians and public health officials from the U.S. and around the globe agree that there is no safe level of lead exposure. Even the smallest amounts can cause irreversible changes, including diminished IQ and behavioral problems in children.Read More
Looking for organic cosmetics? Lots of companies add the word “organic” to cosmetics and other personal care products.
Hormone-disrupting chemicals take a staggering toll on U.S. health care costs and reduce American brain power, according to a shocking new study by a team of leading environmental health scientists.Read More
Cosmetics and other personal care product companies make questionable organic claims on thousands of products, a new EWG analysis shows.Read More
In June, Congress passed sweeping legislation to update the way chemicals are used in consumer and industrial products. The new law aims to review old chemicals that are already in the marketplace and review new chemicals entering the marketplace.Read More
Share your support of healthier cosmetics using the hashtag #RaiseTheBar. Use it when you want to share about a verified product or to encourage companies to get their products verified.Read More
EWG Vice President of Government Affairs Scott Faber said that draft cosmetics legislation released today by Reps. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., will help make regulation of cosmetics and personal care products a Congressional priority.
The federal Food and Drug Administration announced today that triclosan, a toxic chemical ingredient associated with hormone disruption in people, will no longer be allowed in antibacterial hand soaps, which EWG noted as a significant success.Read More
Whether you’re planning a beach outing, pool party or cookout to mark the last days of summer, here are some tips for a safe and healthy Labor Day weekend.Read More
Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act, S.1014, which would modernize federal oversight of personal care products. The bill offers common sense reforms that were carefully negotiated among numerous stakeholders, including industry, public health and consumer organizations. This bill has garnered support from industry leaders as well as influential health and consumer organizations.Read More
Back to school means books, studying and recess – to kids. For many parents, this time of year means packing lunches.
I keep a bottle of Banana Boat Sport SPF 100 on my desk. But I am not convinced it deserves more than a SPF 15, or maybe 30, rating. A chemist specializing in sunscreen chemicals, I run a sunscreen model that estimates, based on the active ingredients in the bottle, what a sunscreen product’s Sunburn Protection Factor ought to show.
EWG urged the federal Food and Drug Administration today to investigate whether certain ingredients used in sunscreens to boost SPF values are masking sunburn, the body’s main warning sign of skin damage, without providing additional protection from other types of UV damage.
Americans have been exposed to potentially harmful flame retardant chemicals for decades.
SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, indicates how well a sunscreen blocks out some of the sun’s harmful rays. The number refers to how much longer you can stay in the sun before burning than you could with no sunscreen. But this popular number isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Here are four myths that might be putting your family at risk – and tips for finding the right numbers for you.
Dear Mary Kay:
I urge Mary Kay to join cosmetic industry leaders – including L’Oreal, Revlon, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and many others – in support S.1014, the Personal Care Products Safety Act.Read More
A new study bolstered evidence that gymnasts are highly exposed to fire retardant chemicals in landing mats and foam cubes in landing pits used to practice tumbling and vaults.