Safe Cosmetics Australia

The Toxic-Free Campaign

Safe Cosmetics Australia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. Our mission is to raise chemical awareness. Advocating for a pre-market regulatory scheme, The Toxic-Free Campaign addresses two key areas of hazardous chemical use found in cosmetics and home cleaning products. We help protect your health by campaigning for a healthier future and certifying brands that minimise your exposure to harmful chemicals.

Where To Start

Toxic-Free List

Find toxic-free brands now. Launched 8th Dec 2016 download the Toxic-Free E-book now!

Petition

Sign the campaign petition. Show your support by signing & sharing the petition.

Articles

Explore the blog & learn about natural cosmetics, chemicals & your health.

Protect your health by minimising exposure to harmful chemicals. Safe Cosmetics Australia chooses the precautionary principle, our certified brands leave out ingredients where there is doubt over their safety, choosing natural and organic chemicals where possible. How can you get involved? Download the Toxic-Free E-book, sign & share the campaign petition, explore the blog & learn more about natural cosmetics, chemicals & your health. 

 
 

Toxic Chemicals In Your Home

There are many useful household items that contain toxic chemicals. Some common examples include: laundry detergent, drain cleaner, furniture polish, toilet cleaner, air freshener, rubbing alcohol, battery acid, bleach, fluoride, fuel, pesticides & ammonia to name a few. While these chemicals may be useful and even necessary to modern life, it is important to remember that they should be used with caution and disposed of according to the manufacturers instructions on the packaging.

Natural Toxic Chemicals

Many toxic chemicals occur naturally in nature. Plants produce toxic chemicals to protect themselves from pests, animals produce toxins for protection & to capture their prey. There are many other toxic chemicals that are the by-product of metabolism. Some natural elements and minerals are also poisonous, here are some examples of natural toxic chemicals: arsenic, mercury, snake venom, caffeine in tea, coffee, soft drink & cocoa, ricin from castor beans, hydrogen sulfide, chlorine gas, smoke & even petroleum.

So Why Be Concerned?

The Australian Government allows the use of known toxic chemicals in products that are used everyday by consumers. These toxic chemicals are known to cause adverse health effects. Scientific studies have proven direct links to major health concerns including birth defects, asthma, acne, allergies, depression, migraine, cancer, hormone disruption, ADD learning, memory loss & accelerated ageing.


Toxic chemicals are poisonous. In Australia there is No pre-market regulation that requires chemicals to be tested for health & safety prior to manufacture and sale of everyday products. Furthermore, there is No pre-market regulation that requires each product to be tested for health & safety prior to sale on the Australian market.


Importers of chemicals are required to check with NICNAS and register any new chemicals being imported into Australia. Manufacturers are required to list all chemicals on the product label, but there are No mandatory regulations that require pre-market assessment of chemicals used to formulate products and no pre-market regulation that requires testing of each product prior to sale in Australia.


What does this mean for Australians?

The lack of regulation leaves consumers exposed to toxic chemicals. Many of the toxic chemicals used to formulate everyday household products have been proven in scientific studies to cause harm to your health, furthermore they are not essential to the formula and can be replaced with a healthier alternative that is not known to cause harm to you, the planet or animals. Safe Cosmetics Australia [SCA] aims to raise chemical awareness advocating that Australians protect their health first. SCA campaigns for a healthier future, one that tests chemicals first before permitting them for use in Australia. SCA campaigns for pre-market regulation, ensuring that product formulations are tested prior to exposing Australian consumers, animals and the environment to toxic chemicals.