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Get toxics out of cosmetics and other personal care products

From washing your face to applying serum for a youthful complexion, our daily skincare routine may involve using as many as 16 personal care products. This means that we may be exposed to 100s of chemicals every day, many of which are harmful to our health and the environment.

And it doesn’t just end there. Fragrance ingredients aren’t even required to be labelled on products, leaving you in the dark about the multitude of allergens and hormone-disrupting ingredients like phthalates that might be absorbed into your body. 

The federal government has committed to reforming Canada's toxics legislation in a way that could:

  • ensure stronger protections from harmful chemicals in cosmetics,
  • protect vulnerable communities like nail salon workers and racialized women who are often marketed highly toxic products like hair relaxers and skin whitening creams,
  • ensure hazardous chemicals in fragrances are disclosed for products. 

But the clock is ticking. If the government does not introduce a bill to reform the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) in the next couple of months, we may not see action for several more years. 

Tell the federal government to keep its promise and introduce updates to CEPA this year.




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The Honourable
Minister of Environment and Climate Change