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[豆知识] 【整理】2011-08-28&09-03 化妆品的故事 (3/3)

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[Homework]   Bits of knowledge  "The Story of Cosmetics---part 3"   20110828

So the industry is used to doing things this way, and they can. Because even now the scientists have linked the chemicals they are using to all sorts of problems, there are no laws to get rid of them. You are thinking: really? come on, nobody's making sure this stuff was smear over our bodies's safe, nope. The FDA doesn't even access the safety of personal care products, all their ingredients.

Since 1938, they have banned just 8 out of 12 thousand ingredients used in cosmetics. They don't even require that all of the ingredients being listed on the label. Now, this is an example where we can all agree a little more government actions will be helpful. This lack of regulation leaves a huge hole that cosmetics industry is all too happy to feel. They set up their own community to self police their products, and compliance with their recommendations is voluntary, so the cosmetics industry is making the rules, and deciding where not to follow them, so you see, it isn't our fault to these toxic products in our bathrooms, it is a whole broken systems that ignoring the simple rule: Toxics in, toxics out.

But we are not helpless, there are resources online that we can use to protect us by identify the best possible choices in the store. But the real action is what people working to change the system, because if we really want to solve this problem, we are gonna start here. With these guys, women, parents, workers, people all over the country are demanding their congress pass a new law, giving FDA the power to make sure that personal care products are safe. We need common-senses laws, based on the precautionary principle. That means when you are dealing with hazadous chemicals, just air on the side fo caution. Let's not debate how much legit be allowed in the lipstick, just get the toxic chemicals out of our products.

Smarter laws would force companies to get pass that all the 50s's mindset, and figure out how to get these all clean and shiny without toxic chemicals, can they? Totally. Many responsible cosmetics companies are already putting safe products on the market. Green chemists are developing substances that are designed to be safe and un-toxic in the first place. European government required the move of many toxic chemicals, and companies have figured out how to comply.

When cosmetics are reformulated to be safe, and labels honestly,  then we can feel comfortable with the choice available in the store. We can choose bounce hair or full hair, shiny lipstick or * . We can even choose to feel beautiful with outusing 20 products, but we will know that whatever we choose, the most important choice, the choice to be safe and healthy has already been made.
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