Testing results underscore the need for companies to disclose what ingredients they use in these products AND the need to clean up the supply chain to help reduce contaminants.
This Spring, WVE hosted our first "Our Stories, Our Flow" workshops to help de-stigmatize the way we talk about, understand & experience safe, healthy periods!
New York is set to be the first state in the nation to require period product makers to disclose ingredients. There is no federal requirement to do so, and only a few companies provide this vital information. A.164-A, introduced by Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), and S.2387-B, introduced by Senator Roxanne J. Persaud (D-District 19), passed both houses of the NYS legislature.
Throughout the nation ~55 bills have been introduced to require disclosure of period products, increase access for school aged children and people who are incarcerated, or eliminate the tax on tampons!
If passed, SB 574 will be the first bill in the nation to require disclosure of fragrance ingredients for personal care and professional salon products.
Fragrances and flavors are found in thousands of beauty and personal care products, yet there is no state or federal regulatory oversight of the safety of these ingredients. Furthermore no federal law requires the disclosure of fragrance or flavor ingredients to consumers, manufacturers or even regulatory agencies. This labeling loophole allows dozens – sometimes even hundreds – of chemicals to hide under the word ‘fragrance’ on product labels.
With the leadership of dynamic women legislators, state and city council have passed a number of groundbreaking policies that provide more access to free period products in schools, public restrooms, and shelters -- AND have eliminated the tampon tax!
Unlike consumers, who can look at ingredient labels on their store-bought cosmetics, professional hair and nail salon workers don’t benefit from the same disclosure. Until now...
A third of all fragrance chemicals currently in use are either known to be toxic, or considered potentially toxic by scientists around the world.