Environmental council tackles cosmetic labeling


The Oregon Environmental Council released the results of a survey showing that college women want better labeling on cosmetics and personal care products. 

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The Oregon Environmental Council released the results of a survey showing that college women want better labeling on cosmetics and personal care products.

 

Right now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires ingredient labeling, except for fragrance, which is considered a trade secret. Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis, program director for environmental health, said that exception creates an opening for toxins.

“They can hide lots of things in fragrance,” she said.

The environmental council isn’t pursuing any legislation for more regulations at this time but is working to raise awareness about the potential for harmful ingredients in cosmetics, including phthalates.

Alima Pure, a natural cosmetic company based in Southeast Portland, expects to see a 35 percent increase in sales this year — company officials declined to disclose revenue — based in part on its embrace of transparent labeling and natural ingredients.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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