The cosmetics industry is bracing for some changes under the new Congress and Obama administration. Julie Grant reports that makeup and perfumes could come under greater government scrutiny:
The cosmetics industry is bracing for some changes under the new Congress and the Obama administration. Julie Grant reports that makeup and perfumes could come under greater government scrutiny.
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Claudia Lamancusa has been selling high end cosmetics at the mall for more than thirty years.
She says they recently started making a line of more natural powders, blushes and eye liners – because it’s what customers want.
“Well, I think they’re asking for them. They see it a lot on television and so the trend is going toward more mineral-based and natural products.”
And now the cosmetics industry is expecting the government ask more questions about what’s in makeup and perfumes.
Cosmetics makers already have to test products to make sure they’re safe for people to use. But they don’t have to test the environmental impacts of the chemicals in their products.
Industry officials expect that to change if Congress overhauls the Toxic Substances Control Act. They say that would mean makeup makers will have to start reporting to a new, tougher Environmental Protection Agency.
For The Environment Report, I’m Julie Grant.