BCPP Diaries

Changemakers’ Chat 3: The Science Behind Clean Beauty

Changemakers’ Chat 3: The Science Behind Clean Beauty

Travel with us virtually to Juice Beauty’s 20-acre farm in the heart of California’s Sonoma Wine Country. We talk with Juice Beauty Founder and CEO Karen Behnke about clean beauty science and farm to face benefits. Read More

BCPP’s Changemakers’ Chat webinar interview series is bringing together the BCPP community and our partners during this time of uncertainty.

Travel with us virtually to Juice Beauty’s 20-acre farm in the heart of California’s Sonoma Wine Country. There you will have an interactive conversation with their Founder and CEO Karen Behnke, our very own CEO, Amanda Heier and Director of Science Sharima Rasanayagam, Ph.D. Drill into clean beauty science and talk farm to face benefits with us.

 

Donate to support our work

Join us for our next Changemakers’ Chat coming up soon on our events page.


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BCPP’s Annual Partner Guide: Purchases Supporting Prevention

BCPP’s Annual Partner Guide: Purchases Supporting Prevention

Did you know we only partner with socially responsible and like-minded companies? Yes, it’s true. You’ll never find our product guides full of junk.Read More

Purchases support our work in breast cancer prevention

Did you know we only partner with socially responsible and like-minded companies? Yes, it’s true. You’ll never find our product guides full of junk. All of our incredible partners share BCPP’s commitment to protecting the health of people and the health of the environment.

This month, we teamed up with some of these fabulous businesses to bring you products that give back to our life saving work. Check out the great brands and goodies below!

Henry Rose

Created by Michelle Pfeiffer, we’re committed to using only ingredients vetted against the strictest standards for health and safety known today. We’re proud to be both EWG Verified and Cradle to Cradle Certified.

Each Henry Rose purchase helps contribute to a minimum donation of $5,000 to BCPP.

The Futon Shop

TFS Natural Home has proudly raised Breast Cancer Awareness for the last few years and this October, TFS and BCPP have partnered again to fight to omit toxic chemicals from the environment.

TFS Natural Home will be donating a pink organic cotton and silk face mask to each $20+ donor through the end of Oct. (limited to stock on hand).

Crunchi

Crunchi is committed to creating clean beauty products that are high-performance and toxic-free. We are setting a new standard for cosmetic safety, and ultimately, redefining what it means to be beautiful.

Headsweats

Get the ultimate Headsweats swag for your next adventure and go the distance for a better planet! As the world leader in ultra-light, supremely wicking performance headwear, Headsweats is proud to support Breast Cancer Prevention Partners!

We’re donating 20% of every sale from this NEW exclusive collection of performance gear.

Ettitude

Ettitude is a purpose-driven lifestyle brand with a vision for a better way of living. We make sustainably-made bedding, sleepwear, bathware and accessories from the world’s first CleanBamboo™ fabric. Everything we do is based on a mission to empower us all to live with eco-attitude, and to improve the comfort of all living things.

For every Pink Hope Pillowcase Set sold, ettitude will donate $30 to BCPP plus will throw in free shipping on all U.S. orders.

Dapple Baby

At Dapple Baby, our non-toxic cleaners are tailor-made for households with babies and kids. Join us this month as we spread awareness of BCPP and their mission of working to help prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals.

​​​​All Oct., each Dapple purchase made will help support a $1,000 donation to BCPP.

Honua Hawaiian Skincare

Shop natural skincare products at Honua Hawaiian Skincare. Find the skincare products you need to keep your skin radiant and flawless. ​​​​
All Oct. 30% of the sale price from every bottle sold of Malu benefits BCPP. Orders over $100 get a free 1oz Pa’akai Cleansing Cream with code BCPP2020 *Must add 1oz Pa’akai Cream to cart before applying code.

Lemongrass Spa

Lemongrass Spa creates natural, effective products that are both indulgent and purposeful. From our luxurious spa collection to our best-selling skincare line, our products are free of parabens, sulfates, and potentially dangerous chemicals, complete with a commitment to improving lives.

​​​​During October, your purchase online helps support a gift of $2,500 to BCPP.

Royce

Since the 1880s, ROYCE has showcased high quality leather and refined craftsmanship. Over the years our family business has grown from one generation to the next, but our vision has remained the same. We focus on functional design and remaining true to our artisanal roots, creating highly practical travel accessories that promote a seamless journey.

ROYCE donates 40% of purchases to BCPP with code “BCPP” on Royce.us.

Mychelle

MyCHELLE Dermaceuticals is proud to support BCPP, and the meaningful work they do to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.

Each MyCHELLE purchase made in October will help support a minimum donation of $1,000 to BCPP.

Crystal

CRYSTAL™ is proud to support Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, as they work to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.

​​ Each CRYSTAL deodorant purchase made in October will help support a minimum donation of $1,000 to BCPP.

The North Face

The North Face’s Pink Ribbon Collection proudly supports partners such as BCPP, focused on breast cancer prevention and an active lifestyle. Since 2006, we’ve partnered with BCPP with a shared goal of working towards a world without breast cancer.

​ Proceeds from this year’s collection contribute $20,000 to BCPP’s mission.

Balega

Community is core to everything we do at Balega. The Zulu word Ubuntu translates to “shared humanity” which comes to life through our Grit & Grace collection. This limited edition sock collection features new inspirational phrases each year. Do you have one that you’d like to see come to life? ENTER our Phrases Contest (10/5 – 10/30) to submit your ideas!

​​ For every pair of Grit & Grace socks sold, $1 goes to benefit BCPP. Available through Oct. while supplies last.

Trigger Point

TriggerPoint develops innovative massage therapy tools that mirror the feeling of a therapist’s hands, so whether at home or on-the-go, people of all lifestyles can achieve their ultimate wellness goals.

During the month of Oct., we’re donating 20% of sales from our pink GRID and GRID 2.0 foam rollers to support BCPP.

Johnson Outdoors Watercraft

Johnson Outdoors Watercraft is committed to building the finest kayaks and canoes in the world. The Ocean Kayak Venus series was specifically designed for free-spirited women. The super lightweight, easy-to-transport kayak, is loaded with features for all day comfort on the water.

​​Johnson Outdoors Watercraft donates 1% of Venus kayaks gross sales to BCPP!

RockTape

We’re more than just a tape company. We are a movement company. We help athletes of every level go stronger, longer with the best kinesiology tape, cutting-edge education, and fitness support products. We want people to move more, and move better. ​​​

For all Oct. RockTape will donate 20% of purchase price from our Pink Tape in support of BCPP.

Clif Bar Co. & Luna

Clif Bar has been a longtime supporter of BCPP. Their journey to use organic ingredients started in 2003, and they’ve been able to increase their use of organic ingredients every year, continuing their relentless quest toward using 100% organic ingredients. Together, BCPP and LUNA, the first nutrition bar aimed at women, also support women in film through LUNAFEST.

​​Every time you purchase one of our wholesome seasonal favorites, you’re helping us get closer to our goal of planting one million trees by 2025.

True Liberty Bags

True Liberty® Bags are ‘The ORIGINAL All-Purpose Bags and Liners’ for people who cook, freeze, camp, hike, bike, hunt, fish, move, store, garden or grow. Our industrial-strength bags are produced in the USA from FDA-approved, BPA-free nylon: a durable, food-safe material used in countless ways. ​
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Based in N. California, True Liberty® is a woman-owned and a community-focused company that prioritizes sustainability, service and partnerships, and is proud to support BCPP.

Donate for Charity

Have a car you no longer want? Donate for Charity will take care of all the details, running or not. Donate your vehicle to BCPP today!

REMINDER: These products come from fabulous companies that financially support our efforts to prevent breast cancer, so purchases you make also support BCPP!

You can also donate directly to prevent breast cancer.


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How Toxic Products in Your Household Affect Your Body and Overall Health

How Toxic Products in Your Household Affect Your Body and Overall Health

Today, I’m going to chat about education and our top tips! When you start to look at toxic products in your household, it’s sometimes overwhelming, but BCPP has some easy recommendations to follow.Read More

As seen on Frensche, Post by Nicole Parker, BCPP Development Manager

October is traditionally known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but for us at Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, it’s Breast Cancer Prevention Month! Currently, 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, a stat all too many of us are familiar with.

When I started working at BCPP, one of the things that surprised me was that our exposure to toxic chemicals, beginning even before conception, influences the possibility of a breast cancer diagnosis. Our science-based mission of eliminating exposure to these exposures is threefold: policy + advocacy workeducation + engagement, and movement of industries.

Today, I’m going to chat about education and our top tips! When you start to look at toxic products in your household, it’s sometimes overwhelming, but BCPP has some easy recommendations to follow.

Fragrance Disclosure

My first suggestion is always eliminating fragrance or looking for companies that fully disclose their ingredients. Fragrance ingredients are often secret and contain anything from allergens to endocrine disruptors and carcinogens. The good news is this doesn’t mean you can’t wear perfume, use a floral-scented facial oil, or need to ditch that lemon-scented cleaning product. It does mean you need to look at ingredients though! I recommend using an app like Clearya or Think Dirty to help you sort through those lists that are especially long.

“Our exposure to toxic chemicals, beginning even before conception, influences the possibility of a breast cancer diagnosis.”

Don’t Get Overwhelmed

After my first day at BCPP, I came home, looked around my house, and realized I had to switch out almost everything. But you don’t have to do it all at once! Use your products, and when you run out, find something safer.

Easy Changes You Can Make Today

  • Read ingredient labels! Check out our Glossary of Exposures, highlighting substances with the strongest evidence linked to breast cancer.
  • Don’t be fooled by natural and organic claims. These words have little meaning in a largely unregulated personal care products industry.
  • Clean your house with a wet towel. You’ll capture more grime in your house by dusting with a wet towel, and it won’t stir up dust.
  • Make your own products! BCPP has created some safe home recipes, for everything from bath and body to cleaning products, located here.
  • Take off your shoes at the door. Keep your home clean by avoiding toxic chemicals tracked in by your shoes.
  • Ditch plastic! Plastics can leach harmful chemicals like BPA and phthalates into your food and beverages – and in turn – into you.
  • If you’re one of the 1 in 8 who has been diagnosed, BCPP has created a resource guide for you as well, located here.

 

What’s Next?

Choosing safer products is a lifelong process, and our goal at BCPP is to make this easier through policy reform. In fact, in California, BCPP-sponsored legislation had three big wins in September 2020 that were signed into law: Toxic Free Cosmetics Act, prohibiting 24 toxic chemicals in cosmetics in California; Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2020, making California the first government in the world to require the public disclosure of hazardous fragrance and flavor ingredients; and PFAS-Free Firefighting Foam Act, stopping the use of toxic PFAS in firefighting foam on flammable liquid fires. As CA goes…so does the rest of the country!

 

Visit our Action Center to help push forward legislative priorities to keep you and your family safe!

As you start to get into the groove of finding new products and replacing the ones you have, continue to visit bcpp.org to stay up to date on the latest science.

 

Visit our Tips for Prevention to learn even more.

At BCPP, our goal is to live in world where fewer women hear the words “You have breast cancer.” By supporting our work, shopping safer brands, and pushing for policy reform, our collective goal will become a reality.


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Nicole Parker BCPP Staff Member

We Did It!

We Did It!

Thank you for taking part in our 25th annual Peak Hike for Prevention! We loved seeing all 377 of our dedicated hikers from 39 states across the country come together in the name of prevention. Your participation inspires each of us at BCPP to continue moving our mission forward.Read More

Letter from BCPP President & CEO Amanda Heier

Thank you for taking part in our 25th annual Peak Hike for Prevention! We loved seeing all 377 of our dedicated hikers from 39 states across the country come together in the name of prevention. Your participation inspires each of us at BCPP to continue moving our mission forward.

Thanks to you, we:

Blew past our goal of $150K
Beat our stretch goal of $160K
And raised a total of $170K all for breast cancer prevention!!

Special thanks to our Top Fundraisers:

1. Kaki Saxon-Moyce ($11,530)
2. Christina Piehl ($8,481)
3. Laura Fenster ($6,593)
4. Maggie Vanneman ($4,674)
5. Anne Simons ($3,483)

And our Top Teams:

1. Em the Gem, Captain Kaki Saxon-Moyce ($26,878)
2. Team Teton, Christina Piehl ($18,448)
3. No Toxics on Tam, Laura Fenster ($16,729)
4. Crunchi Team Prevention, Kelly Kreusler ($9,516)
5. P11, Ellen Kahn ($5,785)

We appreciate each of you for all your efforts to fundraise on our behalf. You are our best ambassadors, spreading the message of prevention far and wide.

​​​​​Fundraising will remain open until the end of the year, so there is still time to collect donations from your friends and family in support of an organization you care about.

The important funds that you raised will make an incredible impact by allowing BCPP to continue protecting you – and all of us – from chemical exposures linked to breast cancer.
Thanks again for hiking with us. We value your participation and look forward to seeing you next year for the 26th annual Peak Hike, if not before!

With gratitude,

 

 

 

 

Amanda Heier
BCPP President & CEO

P.S. Your donation to BCPP (a 501(c)3) is eligible to be matched by most company’s giving programs. Check with your HR or corporate giving personnel to double your impact!

 

Major thanks to our sponsors: 


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Amanda Heier BCPP CEO and President

Victory! 3 BCPP-Sponsored CA Bills Signed Into Law

Victory! 3 BCPP-Sponsored CA Bills Signed Into Law

I am writing to say HOORAY and thank you! Last week CA Governor Newsom signed 3 BCPP-sponsored bills into law, reducing our exposure to chemicals linked to breast cancer. As California’s the 5th largest economy in the world, these three new laws will ultimately benefit everyone, everywhere!Read More

Letter from Janet Nudelman, BCPP Director of Program & Policy and Director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

I am writing to say HOORAY and thank you! Last week CA Governor Newsom signed 3 BCPP-sponsored bills into law, reducing our exposure to chemicals linked to breast cancer.

As California’s the 5th largest economy in the world, these three new laws will ultimately benefit everyone, everywhere!

Let’s be real. 2020 has been really hard, which is why it’s especially sweet to have something to celebrate! We never could have gotten these bills over the finish line without your calls, letters, social posts, moral support, and donations.

Thanks to your support, we:

  • Banned 24 of the most toxic chemicals on the planet from beauty and personal care products sold in CA, including mercury, four types of formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates and more! Most of these are linked to breast cancer and an increased susceptibility to COVID-19! Learn more
  • Forced the disclosure of secret, toxic chemicals that hide in beauty and personal care products sold in CA that smell or taste good under the words ‘fragrance’ or ‘flavor’ on product labels. Many of these chemicals are endocrine disrupting compounds linked to breast cancer and other serious diseases. Learn more
  • Protected our heroic firefighters and our drinking water by banning the toxic PFAS “forever” chemicals from firefighting foam sold or used in CA. PFAS chemicals are linked to breast and other cancers, cause reproductive and developmental harm, increase COVID susceptibility and never biodegrade, literally staying in the environment forever. Learn more

​​​​​Passage of these 3 historic measures brings BCPP’s total to 15 local, state and federal laws enacted over the past 17 years. Laws that force the stricter disclosure and regulation of chemicals linked to breast cancer and bring us closer to preventing this devastating disease before it starts. We could not have done this without you.

And with your generosity, we will keep these victories coming! Please celebrate with us today and make a generous donation to fuel this work so our daughters, mothers, wives, sisters, and loved ones never have to hear those 4 words: “You have breast cancer.”

​​​​​Together, we demonstrate, as Margaret Mead said, that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can indeed change the world.

Thank you again for your steadfast support.

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Janet Nudleman BCPP Director of Program and Policy Director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Your Breast Cancer Prevention Month Guide 2020

Your Breast Cancer Prevention Month Guide 2020

We teamed up with our partners in prevention to bring you businesses that support BCPP and do pink products the right way: by valuing the health of people and the planet. Check out the great brands and products below! Read More

Purchases that support our prevention work

We teamed up with our partners in prevention to bring you businesses that support BCPP and do pink products the right way: by valuing the health of people and the planet. Check out the great brands and products below!

We call October Breast Cancer Prevention Month. For over 20 years, October has signified the month to promote awareness of breast cancer and shop in support of finding a cure. Yet, 1 in 8 women in the US will still be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. That’s why we continue to shift the conversation from awareness to prevention

Crunchi

Crunchi is committed to creating clean beauty products that are high-performance and toxic-free. We are setting a new standard for cosmetic safety, and ultimately, redefining what it means to be beautiful. TODAY ONLY, 10/4, for every order placed online Crunchi will donate $3 to BCPP.

Ettitude

Ettitude is a purpose-driven lifestyle brand with a vision for a better way of living. We make sustainably-made bedding, sleepwear, bathware and accessories from the world’s first CleanBamboo™ fabric. Everything we do is based on a mission to empower us all to live with eco-attitude, and to improve the comfort of all living things.

For every Pink Hope Pillowcase Set sold, Ettitude will donate $30 to BCPP. Enjoy free shipping on all U.S. orders when you purchase Pink Hope Pillowcase Set.

Honua Hawaiian Skincare 

Shop natural skincare products at Honua Hawaiian Skincare. Find the skin care products you need to keep your skin radiant and flawless.

All Oct. 30% of the sale price from every bottle sold of Malu benefits BCPP. Orders over $100 get a free 1oz Pa’akai Cleansing Cream with code BCPP2020 *Must add 1oz Pa’akai Cream to cart before applying code.

ROYCE

Since the 1880s, ROYCE has showcased high quality leather and refined craftsmanship. Over the years our family business has grown from one generation to the next, but our vision has remained the same. We focus on functional design and remaining true to our artisanal roots, creating highly practical travel accessories that promote a seamless journey.

ROYCE donates 40% of purchases to BCPP with code “BCPP” on Royce.us

MyCHELLE

MyCHELLE Dermaceuticals is proud to support BCPP, and the meaningful work they do to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.

Each MyCHELLE purchase made in October will help support a minimum donation of $1,000 to BCPP.

The North Face

The North Face’s Pink Ribbon Collection proudly supports partners such as BCPP, focused on breast cancer prevention and an active lifestyle. Since 2006, we’ve partnered with BCPP with a shared goal of working towards a world without breast cancer.

Proceeds from this year’s collection contribute $20,000 to BCPP’s mission.

CRYSTAL

CRYSTAL™ is proud to support Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, as they work to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.

Each CRYSTAL deodorant purchase made in October will help support a minimum donation of $1,000 to BCPP.

Balega

Community is core to everything we do at Balega. The Zulu word Ubuntu translates to “shared humanity” which comes to life through our Grit & Grace collection. This limited edition sock collection features new inspirational phrases each year. Do you have one that you’d like to see come to life? ENTER our Phrases Contest (10/5 – 10/30) to submit your ideas!

For every pair of Grit & Grace socks sold, $1 goes to benefit BCPP. Available through Oct. while supplies last.

Johnson Outdoors Watercraft 

Johnson Outdoors Watercraft is committed to building the finest kayaks and canoes in the world. The Ocean Kayak Venus series was specifically designed for free-spirited women. The super lightweight, easy-to-transport kayak, is loaded with features for all day comfort on the water.

Johnson Outdoors Watercraft donates 1% of Venus kayaks gross sales to BCPP!

RockTape

We’re more than just a tape company. We are a movement company. We help athletes of every level go stronger, longer with the best kinesiology tape, cutting-edge education, and fitness support products. We want people to move more, and move better.

For all Oct. RockTape will donate 20% of purchase price from our Pink Tape in support of BCPP.

Donate for Charity

Have a car you no longer want? Donate for Charity will take care of all the details, running or not. Donate your vehicle to BCPP today!

Extra bonus: if you donate during 10/4-10/10, DFC will waive their admin fee, and will pay BCPP 80%.

TrueLiberty Bags

True Liberty® Bags are ‘The ORIGINAL All-Purpose Bags and Liners’ for people who cook, freeze, camp, hike, bike, hunt, fish, move, store, garden or grow. Our industrial-strength bags are produced in the USA from FDA-approved, BPA-free nylon: a durable, food-safe material used in countless ways.

Based in N. California, True Liberty® is a woman-owned and a community-focused company that prioritizes sustainability, service and partnerships, and is proud to support BCPP.

REMINDER: These products come from fabulous companies that financially support our efforts to prevent breast cancer, so purchases you make also support BCPP!

You can also donate directly to prevent breast cancer.


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How my wife’s cancer led us to create an ingredient safety app for helping others

How my wife’s cancer led us to create an ingredient safety app for helping others

We got the wake-up call 4 years ago: my beloved wife Chen was diagnosed with breast cancer. We were shocked: why would a young and healthy yoga therapist, a vegetarian without a family history of cancer, get cancer? Read More

Guest Post by Amit Rosner

We got the wake-up call 4 years ago: my beloved wife Chen was diagnosed with breast cancer. We were shocked: why would a young and healthy yoga therapist, a vegetarian without a family history of cancer, get cancer? We will never know for sure, but according to a growing body of science, one reason could be exposure to carcinogens and hormone disruptors in our environment. A year later, following a surgery, chemo and radiation therapy, my wife recovered, and we restarted our life with a determined decision to keep toxic chemicals out of our home, and away from our two children.

Chen Rosner Orbach and Amit Rosner (Photo Credit: Michal Benedek)

Easier said than done! I remember stepping into our bathroom that day, picking up a bar of soap and a few creams to look at their ingredient lists, and realizing the magnitude of the challenge: it seemed as if these ingredient lists were intended to be indecipherable by us, the consumers. Where to start? Google doesn’t make it too easy to discern between facts and opinions, and the databases we found online were helpful, but left us with questions. These questions kept me awake at night, so I decided to use my tech experience and academic background in computational biology to develop a solution: an automatic “ingredient safety assistant” based on science and regulatory information.

It took two years of research and software development, before “Clearya” was born: for my family, and for everyone else to use: www.clearya.com

Clearya displays alerts on potentially unsafe ingredients while shopping online

Clearya is an iPhone and Android mobile app, as well as a Chrome browser plug-in for computers. Once installed, it works automatically while you shop online at Sephora, Amazon, Walmart, iHerb etc. Clearya analyzes the ingredient lists of personal care products, make-up and other beauty products, baby care, and household cleaning products, and displays alerts on potentially unsafe chemicals – so people can find products with safer ingredients more easily.

Clearya spots unsafe chemicals by matching the ingredient names (and their synonyms!) to over 15 different official toxic chemical lists, created by the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Government of Canada, the European Union’s Commission, the European Chemicals Agency, the United Nations Environment Programme, and others.

Evidently, the U.S. cosmetics regulation is so permissive, that Clearya often alerts on ingredients contained in products that are sold online despite being classified by California EPA and European regulators as linked to cancer, hormone disruptors, reproduction toxicants which may harm fertility, developmental toxicants which can cause birth defects and other harm to the developing child, not to mention allergens, and other banned or restricted ingredients.

Clearya’s technology powers a collective community effort: every time a Clearya user browses a new safe or unsafe product online, the system gets a little smarter, and these cumulative insights can serve everyone else.

We recently looked back at 8,000 products visited by users, to see how common cancer-related ingredients in personal care and beauty products are. Many of the products passed the test without any alerts. But over a hundred products contained ingredients linked with cancer, and over a thousand products had ingredients linked with estrogenic hormone disruption. The analysis surfaced two more hidden risks: (1) The extensive use of chemicals that are harmless in their pure form but are prone to be contaminated by toxic byproducts of their manufacturing process. (2) The word “fragrance” on the labels of beauty and personal care products is ubiquitous as an “ingredient” due to a federal labeling loophole, because it does not disclose the actual chemicals that make up the fragrance.

This study, in collaboration with Silent Spring Institute, will be presented in the upcoming Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. You can read about some of our findings here.

My favorite moment when using Clearya

My takeaways from our family’s journey? Legal doesn’t mean safe. Marketing words like “Natural” don’t warrant safety either. Sadly, regulators haven’t yet closed the gap between what scientists know is harmful, and the ingredients in products that brands are still allowed to sell.

In the meantime, our mission at Clearya is to empower people to make safer choices for their families. Give it a try! Download Clearya to your iPhone, Android phone, or computer. You might be surprised by what you discover.

Now, imagine what would happen if a million people like you and I verified every ingredient and stopped buying unsafe products. How would a wave of well-informed consumers impact the industry’s safety standards? That’s our goal. Will you make a gift to BCPP today and help us expand Clearya to empower more families?

Chen Rosner Orbach and Amit Rosner (Photo Credit: Michal Benedek)


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Climb 2020 Postponed – See you in 2021!

Climb 2020 Postponed – See you in 2021!

What a wild roller coaster ride 2020 has been for the Climb Against the Odds. We started out like gangbusters, filling the team in record time and even expanding from the normal team size to accommodate all that were eager to join us. Everyone jumped into fundraising and training with enthusiasm and the BCPP team worked to organize the logistics for our long weekend in Mt.Read More

Alpenglow on Mt. Shasta. Photo courtesy of Marie DeJournette

By Marie DeJournette, BCPP Outdoor Events Manager

What a wild roller coaster ride 2020 has been for the Climb Against the Odds. We started out like gangbusters, filling the team in record time and even expanding from the normal team size to accommodate all that were eager to join us. Everyone jumped into fundraising and training with enthusiasm and the BCPP team worked to organize the logistics for our long weekend in Mt. Shasta.

By April, the world was changing and we suspected that we would have to modify our plans, and by May we had rescheduled the climb from June to late July in the hopes that the COVID-19 rates would be under control. Our team continued to train.

Group training for Climb Against the Odds. Front: Laura Grishaver. Left to right: Sheila Brown, Linor Vaknin, BCPP CEO Amanda Heier, and Susan Scott. Photo courtesy of Michael Sevy. 

Training hike with Jamie Earl and his son Connor. Photo courtesy of Jamie Earl. 

Unfortunately, things did not pan out as hoped. Last week the BCPP staff met with board members and Shasta Mountain Guides, and there was a consensus that with the recent spikes in COVID cases, it wasn’t prudent to continue with our climb this July.

While we are not technically cancelling the climb, merely postponing it to 2021, it was a hard decision to make but we know it is the right thing to do.

We don’t want to expose the Shasta community to a large group of people coming in from other areas, nor do we want to put our climbers and staff at unnecessary risk. Although the guides have gone to extreme measures to make sure climbers are safe while they are on the mountain, it would be difficult to maintain proper distancing during our community events with our large group of climbers and supporters.

The first Climb Against the Odds took place on Mt. Aconcagua in 1995, followed by expeditions on Mt. Fuji and Denali but since 2003 the Climb has found a home on Mt. Shasta. We are so grateful to the Shasta community, for their ongoing support and for embracing our climbers each year.

Prayer flags at Horse Camp on Mt. Shasta. Photo courtesy of Linda Chitwood. 

We are also extremely grateful for our sponsors continuing support and their understanding during this unfortunate turn of events.

The silver lining is that our current team will now have an extra year to train and fundraise. And we are hoping to recruit a second team to make 2021 bigger and better than ever. Hope to see you then!

 

Interested in climbing Mt. Shasta for breast cancer prevention with us in 2021? Click here to get started on this journey of a lifetime today! 


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Cleaning product ingredient transparency: cracking open the black box

Cleaning product ingredient transparency: cracking open the black box

In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, cleaning products are flying off the shelves and into our homes nationwide. While protection from coronavirus is a primary concern, we also want non-toxic options for cleaning and disinfecting our homes.Read More

By BCPP Senior Policy Strategist Nancy Buermeyer

In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, cleaning products have been flying off the shelves and into our homes worldwide. While protection from coronavirus is a primary concern, consumers also want to know if there are adverse health effects associated with the ingredients in the products we are bringing into our homes to clean and disinfect.

Knowing what’s in our cleaning products is essential for making informed choices about which products we do, and don’t, want to use. Before 2020, there was no legal requirement to label ingredients in household cleaners, including potential carcinogens, or ingredients linked to reproductive harm, potential allergic reactions or other harmful health effects. Fortunately, because of our work, consumers will finally know what’s inside their cleaning products!

CA Cleaning Product Right to Know law requires disclosing ingredients online

As of January 1, 2020, cleaning product manufacturers must post product ingredients on their websites, a result of a groundbreaking California law. BCPP sponsored the CA Cleaning Products Right to Know Act of 2017 (SB 258) along with the Environmental Working Group, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Women’s Voices for the Earth. Together, we led on every aspect of the legislative process, including the extensive and collaborative negotiations between industry and advocates that resulted in broad support and ultimate passage of this internationally historic law.

 

Example of Online Ingredient Listing

As of January 1, 2020, a list of ingredients in cleaning products, including any hazardous fragrance ingredients, can be found on product websites, such as this one for Lysol Disinfectant Spray. RB, the maker of Lysol, was closely involved in the industry/NGO negotiations for the CA bill. The law requires that harmful ingredients that appear on 23  ‘designated lists’ of hazardous chemicals be identified, in this example by the “DL” icon. In the case of this RB product,  a drop-down menu provides additional information. 

The law breaks new ground in several ways. It:

  • Requires ingredient disclosure for cleaning products sold in CA, including disinfectants, for the first time. This is the only requirement of its kind anywhere in the world.
  • Requires disclosure of fragrance ingredients down to a concentration of 100 parts per million and the full disclosure of all hazardous fragrance ingredients. No other product category, including beauty and personal care products, currently discloses fragrance chemicals (but BCPP is working to change that).
  • Prohibits trade secret claims for ingredients linked to harm to human health or the environment.
  • Requires disclosure of toxic contaminants, such as the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane, that aren’t intentionally added to a cleaning product but end up in products for a myriad of reasons (i.e. the manufacturing process, contamination of raw materials, chemicals that combine and create (or release) other chemicals, etc.); the first time contaminants have been disclosed on product websites.

When the Cleaning Product Right to Know law goes into effect

The ingredient disclosure requirements in the CA law will gradually expand as the law is fully implemented. Starting in January 2020, cleaning products sold in California are now required to list ingredients online. The size of the CA market (virtually every product is sold here) means this law will likely benefit most Americans.

And website disclosure is only the first step. As of January 2021, cleaning product labels will list ingredients as well, allowing consumers to review this information in stores. On-label disclosure is especially important for people without access to smart phones, computers, or the internet.

Finally, cleaning product companies must start disclosing California Prop 65 ingredients linked to cancer and reproductive harm in 2023. Major manufacturers negotiated for this extra time to reformulate their products to remove these worst of the worst chemicals. The law is clearly accomplishing one of the primary goals of ingredient disclosure: pressuring companies to remove potentially hazardous chemicals.

 

Business leaders in cleaning product ingredient labeling transparency

While this is the first time ingredient labeling is legally required for cleaning products, some companies have been disclosing ingredients for years. As one example, BCPP’s partner Seventh Generation has been an industry leader in disclosing the ingredients in their cleaning products. Not only do they walk the talk, Seventh Generation was a critical and active partner in passing the Cleaning Products Right to Know Act, which levels the playing field among all companies selling products in California.

Seventh Generation online labeling

In addition to online disclosure like this, full ingredient lists on Seventh Generation’s products such as this laundry detergent have been available on product labels since 2007.

The future of cleaning product ingredient transparency

This new transparency will improve the safety of cleaning products for everyone:

  1. Workers will know what chemicals they are being exposed to on the job, allowing them to advocate for safer alternatives.
  2. Consumers will have the power to make better choices for themselves and their families.
  3. Watchdog groups like BCPP will be able to review ingredients and educate companies and consumers alike on chemicals to avoid.
  4. And if the market doesn’t correct the problem, the information will provide government regulators a tool to prioritize restricting or banning the most hazardous ingredients in cleaning products.

Of course, disclosure of ingredients is only the first step in our mission to remove toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer from cleaning products and other household items, but it is a necessary first step. BCPP will use this information to push legislators and regulators to ban the use of these harmful chemicals to better protect public health.

We hope that you and your family are in good health and that this information will help you create a cleaner and safer home.

Resources

Links to resources to help you navigate this new world, keeping yourself and your family safe from both viruses and toxic chemicals:

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