It seems like U.S. lawmakers have learnt all they know about independent soap makers from 90s movies. What other explanation could there be for the recent push by Senator Feinstein (along with her corporate backers, listed below) to scrutinize the activities of individuals providing for their communities and taking care of the planet by making their own soap?
According to Feinstein, the Personal Care Products Safety Act (Senate Bill S. 1014) will save us from harm brought forth by… independent soap makers?
With the bill, she hopes to scrutinize “everything from shampoo and hair dye to deodorant and lotion.”
And who supports this bill? Public health organizations? Environmental groups? Er, not quite…
Corporate supporters of the bill include:
- Johnson & Johnson, which owns Neutrogena, Aveeno and Johnson’s baby products.
- Procter & Gamble, which owns Pantene, Head & Shoulders and Olay.
- Revlon, which owns Almay and Mitchum.
- L’Oreeal, which owns L’Oreeal Paris, Lancome and Giorgio Armani.
Hmmm… I wonder why these brands are so adamant about tightening laws against small cosmetic producers?
If industry giants like those listed above are so concerned about the safety of products produced by small-time cosmetics companies, why don’t they provide natural alternatives? Why are their products so much more likely to cause cancers and rashes?
If you look at what’s happening in the food industry, it’s not hard to see what’s going on here, what lawmakers are conspiring with the FDA to do. Small-time cosmetic companies that create wholesome, natural products can’t compete with the corporate-funded camaraderie that’s clearly been developing.
But we don’t have to stand by and just let this happen without saying anything. The Handmade Cosmetic Alliance has put together this webpage where you can voice your opinion to Congress.
MAKE YOUR OWN SOAP
[h/t Simple Unhooked Living]
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