A new report released by health and justice organizations, Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), Clean & Healthy New York, Sierra Club (Atlantic Chapter) and WE ACT for Environmental Justice, spotlights how new ingredient disclosure requirements for menstrual products are providing improved and vital information about chemical exposure from the use of these products. The report, "What’s in Your Period Product? An investigation of ingredients disclosed on product labels", calls attention to significant changes the industry has made in increasing ingredient transparency, as well as chemicals of concern that, until now, were kept hidden from people who use these products.
Manufacturers of tampons, pads, cups and menstrual underwear are not required to tell you what ingredients they use to make these products ... but all that's about to change!
What kind of disclosure are we seeing for fragrance ingredients as a result of the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act? And what does "confidential business information" have to do with it?
A new report by environmental health organization, Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), spotlights how toxic chemicals in cleaning products add to the health disparities and disproportionate burdens many people face from occupational exposure, pollutants in their environments, as well as social, racial and gender injustices. By accessing new ingredient information, the report calls attention to some of the most problematic and pervasive ingredients used in household and institutional cleaners, that have, until recently, been hidden from the general public.
The cleaning product industry can and must do better. They should be designing their products with tremendous precaution, taking into account the toxic health burdens and vulnerabilities many communities already face.
Last week, two bills were signed into law in California that will make cosmetics safer AND increase disclosure of ingredients in fragrance.