Beautycounter continued its advocacy efforts in the charge to seek cosmetic reform during two days of virtual lobbying with key Senators and Representatives. Joining the beauty brand were members of the company’s Scientific Advisory Council and a group of businesses led by Beautycounter who work together to pass health-protective laws in the beauty industry, called the Counteract Coalition.
“Beautycounter believes in the power of advocacy to change our country’s outdated laws in order to better protect consumers,” said Gregg Renfrew, Beautycounter Founder & CEO. “Consumers deserve federally regulated, health-protective safety standards, and I’m proud to work with our coalition of clean beauty brands as well as leaders in public health policy and medicine to push for change.”
The Beautycounter community’s efforts include 200,000 emails, 175,000 texts, 16,000 calls and 2,100 meetings with legislators in the U.S. and Canada asking lawmakers to support cosmetic reform. With Beautycounter’s help, ten pieces of legislation have been passed, with dozens more in process.
“Products are increasingly chemically complex, and outdated testing strategies are often insufficient to accurately capture long-term risks from certain chemicals,” said Dr. Joseph Laakso, Director of Science Policy at the Endocrine Society and member of Beautycounter’s Science Advisory Council. “As head of Science Policy at the Endocrine Society, we know that transparency is essential for consumers’ ability to manage their exposures, and also valuable for scientists and physicians who want to have a more accurate understanding of our chemical exposures and potential health effects. I’m encouraged by the actions of companies like Beautycounter that are aiming to be at the vanguard of product safety, while also improving testing methodologies and maximizing transparency. I hope that by participating on their Science Advisory Council and advocating for changes to our laws, I can help them advance these goals to improve the safety of personal-care products.”