No one should lose a loved one to deadly chemicals. But right now, you can walk into Lowe’s and other hardware stores and easily buy paint strippers containing highly toxic chemicals. In fact, at least 50 people have died in the US after using paint strippers containing methylene chloride, a chemical linked to neurotoxicity, liver toxicity, and numerous cancers, since 1980, according to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Exposure to methylene chloride has also been linked to breast cancer. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed banning methylene chloride in 2017, but new EPA leadership indefinitely delayed the proposed bans under pressure from the chemical industry. In comparison, the European Union banned the use of methylene chloride from paint strippers in 2012. Another toxic chemical found in paint strippers, N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP), is listed on California’s Proposition 65 list as a developmental toxicant.
Please join us in calling on Lowe’s to stop selling dangerous paint strippers. TAKE ACTION: Send a message to Lowe’s CEO demanding change.
When we buy products that we put on our skin, faces and hair, we rightfully expect that they are free of toxic chemicals that increase our risk of cancer or reproductive health problems. But think again!
A recent report card from our partners at Mind the Store shows that three cosmetic and personal care product retailers, Sally Beauty, Ulta Beauty, and Sephora, are failing to adequately address cancer-causing chemicals in the products they sell.
With your help, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners has been working to clean up the cosmetics and personal care industry for over a decade. We helped push CVS and Target to adopt policies that limits the toxic chemicals on their store shelves.
Because body care products shouldn’t cost us our health!
BCPP and our partner Black Women for Wellness have been working hard to secure additional funding and staffing for the California Safe Cosmetics Program (SCP) which houses a public database of beauty and personal care products sold in California containing Prop. 65 chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or birth defects.
This important right to know program helps consumers and salon workers avoid beauty and hygiene products that contain toxic chemicals, but it is being starved of the funding and staffing it needs to do its job!
The good news is two important California Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees have scheduled hearings to review our proposal to increase funding and resources for the SCP.
Please let the Budget Subcommittee members know you believe the SCP provides critically important information to consumers and salon workers alike, and that it deserves to be adequately funded.
Despite 3 years of asking L’Oréal to rid its cosmetics of cancer-causing chemicals in products like mascara, shampoo and anti-aging cream, they still aren’t listening.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, has targeted L’Oréal since 2014 for using ingredients linked to cancer in their Maybelline and L’Oréal eye makeup, L’Oréal kids shampoos, and Garnier anti-aging lotions.
Over 125,000 people have signed petitions, emails and letters joining our call to action asking L’Oréal to rid its products of chemicals linked to cancer and fully disclose its secret fragrance chemicals, but L’Oréal hasn’t responded to these requests. Click here to read our letter to L’Oréal Execs.
Take action against cancer chemicals in cosmetics products. As L'Oréal says, because we're worth it!
Anti-Aging Secrets Exposed: Chemical Linked to Breast Cancer in Skin Care, a report published by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, found PFOA in over one-third of the personal care products tested, including:
- L’Oréal’s Garnier Fructis Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector
- L’Oréal’s Garnier Fructis Ultra-Life Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturizer
That’s a recipe for concern, because PTFE can be contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) -- a toxic chemical linked to cancer, endocrine disruption and reproductive harm. PTFE is the same chemical known by the trade name Teflon.
Join us. Demand that L’Oréal remove chemicals linked to breast cancer from anti-aging products.