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Toxic Cosmetics, the Dirty Dozen and BPA news…

Toxic Cosmetics

What’s Inside? That Counts”, a report by the David Suzuki Foundation unveils the ‘Dirty Dozen’ toxins found in most personal care products, and makes recommendations to strengthen laws and regulations to better protect human health and the environment. It provides a handy wallet guide to help you make safer purchases.

There are lots of ways you can Take action for safe cosmetics!
  • When shopping for cosmetics, avoid the Dirty Dozen and opt for products with shorter ingredient lists – and try to buy fewer personal care products.
  • Avoid scented and anti-bacterial household products.
  • Write to Canada’s Health Minister in support of strengthening cosmetic regulations.
  • Let companies that make and sell cosmetics know that you prefer to buy products that are free of ingredients that may harm human health and the environment. Encourage manufacturers to sign the Compact for Safe Cosmetics: www.safecosmetics.org/compact.
  • Learn more at: DavidSuzuki.org
  • Tell a friend! Pass this report onto a friend and encourage your networks to get involved.

(Reprinted from What’s Inside? That Counts, David Suzuki Foundation.)

Nine Toxic Chemicals Join Banned ‘Dirty Dozen’: UN Agency

An insecticide used in farming and to treat woodworm, Lindane, was among nine highly toxic chemicals added to a “dirty dozen” of dangerous substances on an international red list. Lindane, which has toxic effects in laboratory animals and aquatic organisms, will be authorised solely for pharmaceutical use to treat head lice and scabies, the UNEP said. Read the full article.

Bisphenol A Found in Unlikely Place: Cash Receipts

One study found that touching a receipt for five seconds with a single fingertip wiped off up to 23 micrograms of bisphenol A (BPA). The chemical could then find its way onto food and be ingested. The amount wiped off increases tenfold when all fingers contact the paper and “by an order of magnitude,” scientists say, when the paper is crumpled in one’s palm. Read the full article.

 
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