We all want safer ingredients in our beauty products, but it takes effort to reform cosmetic safety regulations. The question is, what can you as an individual consumer do to help? As it turns out, quite a lot. From raising awareness about the dangers of harmful chemicals to asking Congress to change legislation, here are five ways you can make a positive impact on the Movement for Better Beauty.
1. Stay Informed
The best way to start getting involved is by educating yourself on product research and safety regulations. Finding reliable information on what’s harmful and what’s safe may feel like a daunting task, but there are several organizations and websites that make it easier to keep up with the latest information and legislation. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), for example, has a team of researchers working to uncover harmful chemicals and products. They publish their findings online, making it almost effortless for you to be in the know.
2. Advocate for Change
Take action to help change the personal care industry! Sign petitions like those listed on the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families site, or directly ask Congress for new laws on the cosmetics industry. You can also advocate for change by contacting legislators and asking them to help. Get started by letting Congress know your thoughts.
3. Make a Donation
Research requires funding, so in order to help non-profit organizations like EWG, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, Environmental Defense Canada and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families continue to study the effects of harmful chemicals, consider donating or raising money. Get involved in events, such as sponsored walks or runs that not only help raise funds, but also create awareness for the cause. You can also donate your time by volunteering to organize events or by helping with organizations’ administrative needs.
4. Shop Safer
One of the most effective ways to make your voice heard to the cosmetic industry is with your buying power. The less money consumers spend on potentially harmful products, the more likely those brands will be swayed to change their products. Actively avoid beauty products that contain harmful chemicals and shop for safer products, instead. EWG’s Consumer Guides and The Beautycounter The Never List™ are great resources to help you spot and avoid specific ingredients in products that are known to be harmful or potentially harmful.
5. Spread the Word
It takes a community to make big changes, so you can support the Movement for Better Beauty by encouraging others to get involved as well. Share petitions and research findings with your friends and family—through one-on-one conversations, e-mail, and on social media.
It doesn’t require a major commitment to get involved in the safer beauty movement. Many of these steps are so simple you can do them in minutes on your phone.
Don’t forget: Even small steps can make a big difference when we all work together.