Second Place: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Campaign won $10,000
Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, Breast Cancer Fund, Commonweal, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, National Environmental Trust, Women's Voices for the Earth
OPI Group Shot
The Campaign is working with over 100 endorsing organizations and thousands of citizen activists.
Description of the Problem the Campaign is seeking to address (50 word max):
Every day we use multiple personal care products like shampoo, lotion and make-up, that contain chemical ingredients that are absorbed through the skin, inhaled or ingested. The government does not mandate safety testing of these products, and the industry is self-regulated.
Description of the Victory (30 word max):
After more than a year of Campaign targeting, the largest nail polish manufacturer in the world, OPI, removed three of the most toxic chemicals from its nail polishes.
A Brief Description of the long-term impact of the victory (150 word max):
OPI is the largest nail polish manufacturer in the world, available in retail locations and dominating the salon market. A positive manufacture change benefits consumers and nail salon workers who are repeatedly exposed to the toxic chemicals in cosmetic products. By removing dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde from this ubiquitous nail polish, the short-term outcome is a slightly less toxic load. The long-term impact is public awareness about toxic chemicals in everyday personal products and companies committing to make safer products.
The victory proves that consumers and the CSC can and will make a positive impact on our long-term personal and environmental health.