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Well, Paint Us Encouraged!

We're in the throes of spring- the grass is greening, trees are exploding with color, chicks are hatching... It's a time of new beginnings for nature, and apparently for some large cosmetics companies as well!

After receiving letters, postcards, e-mails, phone calls and some foot-stomping from you, nail polish maker OPI said in March that it would remove toluene, a chemical that can disrupt a woman's ability to reproduce and which is linked to birth defects, from its products.

That's the second highly toxic chemical OPI has agreed to remove. The company announced last August that it was phasing out dibutyl phthalate (DBP), linked to birth defects and fertility problems.

OPI now knows safety is important to customers and salon workers—recent ads for new polish colors even include the line, "Contains no DBP, toluene or formaldehyde."

This is definitely progress, but what the fine print doesn't say, is that while OPI has removed all three chemicals from their nail polish, they still use formaldehyde - a known carcinogen - in some of their nail hardeners. But safer alternatives exist! OPI even sells formaldehyde-free versions of these hardeners, marketing them to people with sensitive skin.

In a March letter to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics partner Women's Voices for the Earth, OPI wrote, "rather than getting mired in the question of whether the old formulas were safe, I'm sure you will agree it is more important to focus on the future, which looks bright."

Yes, but it would be brighter, brilliant even, if OPI dumped the last chemical in the toxic trio from all of its products. OPI told us it is still searching for an alternative to formaldehyde in some of their nail hardeners. We're hoping that your appreciation and attention to this important detail will nudge the company to remove formaldehyde for good. 

And if we may be so bold, how about a new OPI color?: "Tickled Pink to be Less Toxic"

Tell OPI thanks--now let’s get the formaldehyde out already! »

Read the letters exchanged between WVE and OPI »

Get "Glossed"

http://action.safecosmetics.org/ctt.asp?u=1728497&l=8741Love getting your monthly mani-pedi?  What's not to love about relaxation and beautification, right? Well, that smell of relaxation could be the toxic smell of nail products carrying some serious health risks. Women of child-bearing age working in nail salons come into contact with toxic chemicals like phthalates, toluene, formaldehyde, acetone and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can spur occupational asthma and decrease attention and processing skills . Read all about it in "Glossed Over: Health Hazards Associated with Toxic Exposure in Nail Salons," produced by our Campaign for Safe Cosmetics partner Women's Voices for the Earth. It's an essential read for those who frequent nail salons, work in them and care deeply about supporting a safe and healthy workplace for all women.

Print out "Glossed Over" for yourself and give your manicurist a copy on your next visit »


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