Bill Restricts PFAS “Forever Chemicals” and other Toxics Used in Cosmetics
OLYMPIA, WA—Yesterday, the Washington state Senate passed the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, SB 5703, sponsored by Senator Mona Das (D-Kent). The bill bans some of the most concerning chemicals used in cosmetic products, including PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), phthalates, and formaldehyde. The bill passed 26-21 and now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Statement from Laurie Valeriano, executive director, Toxic-Free Future:
“We applaud the Senate for approving this important measure that will begin to deal with the ugly side of beauty⸺toxic chemicals that we lather on our bodies and apply to our lips. Consumers are demanding safe cosmetics and personal care products that don’t contain chemicals that can cause cancer or reproductive problems, and that don’t damage waterways when flushed down the drain. It is outrageous that highly toxic PFAS is even used in cosmetics like long-lasting foundation, mascara, and lip wear. We urge the House to adopt this measure.”
For more information, visit TFF’s Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act webpage.
Toxic-Free Future (TFF) is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization that advances the use of safer products, chemicals, and practices through science, organizing, advocacy, and consumer engagement to ensure a healthier tomorrow. Safer Chemicals Healthy Families is a Toxic-Free Future program dedicated to achieving strong federal policies that protect the public from toxic chemicals. Mind the Store is a Toxic-Free Future program that challenges retailers to eliminate toxic chemicals and replace them with safer alternatives, and scores major retailers on their safer chemicals policies in an annual Retailer Report Card.