Eco-conscious consumers are declaring victory today. It's been almost one year since environmental groups, led by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, launched a boycott against Johnson & Johnson until the company promised to removie the potentially cancer-causing chemicals from all of its personal care products. And today, the health care giant finally agreed to do so.
Johnson & Johnson announced today that they will remove 1, 4-dioxane and quaternium-15 from nearly all of their toiletry and cosmetic products worldwide within 3 1/2 years. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, 1,4-dioxane is a likely carinogen while quarternium-15 releases foraldehyde which is a known carcinogen. Johnson & Johnson will phase out those two chemicals as well as others that raise a red flag, such as triclosan, phthalates and parabens, as well as certain fragrance ingredients.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Johnson & Johnson commented that baby products would be given the first priority and would be reformulated with safer ingredients by the end of 2013 while products marketed to adults will be reformulated by the end of 2015.
Congrats to all involved and a big thanks to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics for leading the charge on this campaign!
Source: The New York Times