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Women’s Voices for the Earth says California’s Cleaning Product Right to Know Act, which influenced similar legislation enacted last year for cosmetic fragrance and flavor ingredients, has revealed toxic substances long hidden from the general public that disproportionately impact marginalized groups.
In addition to paying more than $400,000 in fines, Walmart will educate its online marketplace sellers about the California Air Resources Board’s Consumer Products Regulation, which will subject selected personal-care product categories to more stringent VOC limits in coming years.
Advocates hoped a study suggesting octocrylene in sunscreens may degrade into benzophenone would convince lawmakers to expand ban, but a House committee maintained its commitment to wait on more research.
Firmenich, Givaudan, IFF and Symrise have decoupled from the Fragrance Creators Association, launching their own trade association to focus on providing technical expertise in North American policy matters. “Any advocacy work has to be based on fact,” says Shawn Blythe, president of the Fragrance Science and Advocacy Council, which intends to partner strategically with FCA and other sister groups.
The trade association’s foremost priorities in 2021 include “advocating for science-based regulations and education and promoting newer, greener chemistry and technology.”
After years of campaigning, Women’s Voices for the Earth is pleased by Summer’s Eve’s apparent reformulation of feminine cleaning products to remove ingredients of concern. But the NGO’s larger complaint pertains to the overall intimate-care category and its marketing.