Our friends over at Healthy Child Healthy World recently shared some exciting news with us about how Johnson & Johnson (makers of Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo), will be removing toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, dioxane, phthalates, parabens, triclosan and polycyclic musks from their product line. It is pretty disgusting to think that there were even toxic chemicals in their line to begin with, but this is surely a step in the right direction.
As pair of this “phase out,” J&J’s will remove carcinogens and other harmful chemicals from cosmetics as well as specify a timeline for the removal.
Johnson & Johnson stated that they will reformulate its hundreds of cosmetics and personal care products in all the markets it serves in 57 countries around the world. J&J has confirmed that it has set an internal target date of reformulating adult products by the end of 2015, and it will use safe alternatives when reformulating. It will:
- Reduce 1,4 dioxane to a maximum of 10 parts per million in adult products;
- Phase out formaldehyde-releasers in adult products;
- Limit parabens in adult products to methyl-, ethyl- and propyl-;
- Complete phase-out of triclosan from all products;
- Phase out Diethyl Phthalate (DEP) from all products (no other phthalates are currently used);
- Phase out polycyclic musks, animal derived ingredients, tagates, rose crystal anddiacetyl from fragrances.
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