There are over 40,000 chemicals available for use in everyday household items including cleaning products, laundry detergents, cosmetics and toiletries and so much more. With scant regulation in Australia, consumers need to be aware that current legislation does not protect their health. In fact, there are no pre-market regulations that stipulate mandatory testing of chemicals prior to sale in Australia.
For example, Triclosan is banned in the EU classed as a known carcinogen. Yet Triclosan can be found in baby products sold in Australian supermarkets, chemists and retailers. SCA campaigns for the use of only safe and healthy chemicals, there are many healthier alternatives available to using cheap and toxic-chemicals in the products we use.
Chemicals listed below have been known to cause harm to human health, animals and/or the environment. In a perfect world, the Australian government should stipulate by law that all chemicals must be tested for health and safety prior to allowing chemicals for use in cosmetics and other household products; further banning and/or restricting the use of hazardous chemicals. The young, the elderly, pregnant, sick or injured, should avoid the following chemicals altogether -- due to the fact that there is no known safe use, chemicals are not required to be tested prior to manufacture and sale of products in Australia.