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Just the Goods is a Champion!

Winnipeg Based Handmade Skin Care Company Recognized for Commitment to Safe Cosmetics
Status of “Champion” noted in Market Shift, a new report issued by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Winnipeg, MB – Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics—a US coalition of more than 150 non-profit organizations working to protect the health of consumers and workers by eliminating dangerous chemicals from cosmetics—announced today that 321 cosmetics and skin care companies worldwide have met the goals of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, the Campaign’s voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals banned by health agencies outside the U.S. and to fully disclose product ingredients, a wholly new concept in the cosmetics industry. An additional 111 companies made significant progress toward those goals.

The new report released today, “Market Shift: The story of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and the growth in demand for safe cosmetics,” describes the seven-year project during which the non-profit organizations that make up the Campaign worked with companies in a unique partnership to raise the bar for safer personal care products. The report describes how these companies —from small independent operations to some of the largest businesses in the natural products sector—are setting a new high-bar standard for personal care products.

Winnipeg-based handmade natural skin care company, Just the Goods, is honoured to be recognized with the status of Champion. Champions are demonstrating best practices by:

  • Making effective products without using ingredients prohibited for use in cosmetics in other countries
  • Disclosing all their ingredients, including those that make up “fragrance,” showing that it’s not necessary to hide these ingredients from the public
  • Working together with non-profit health groups to increase demand for safe, sustainable products and practices

“Congratulations to Just the Goods for being a Champion and for demonstrating that it’s possible to make personal care products that far exceed current safety standards in the United States. A growing number of consumers are seeking personal care products that do not contain hazardous chemicals, and our report shows that making safer products is not only possible, but is also part of a successful business model,” said Mia Davis, organizing director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and coordinator of the new Safe Cosmetics Business Network.

More than 1,500 companies signed the Compact from its inception in 2004 until August 2011, when the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics closed the Compact project. The research team at Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database developed tools for tracking each company’s compliance with the goals of the Compact. Through these tools, the Campaign determined that 321 companies achieved “Champion” status by fulfilling the goals of the Compact, and an additional 111 companies reached “Innovator” status by getting most of the way there.

“Just the Goods has been offering genuinely natural skin care products since October 2009 because I know everyday indulgences should never cost the earth or our health. Just the Goods believes it is affordable to look and feel great without unnecessary exposure to petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial fragrances, dyes and flavours,” said Milena Placentile, sole proprietor of Just the Goods.

She adds, “I’m grateful for The Compact For Safe Cosmetics’ rigorous standards, and I’m pleased to measure my products against them because I surely didn’t sign on to be a fully compliant member of the ‘compact for only somewhat safe cosmetics!’ All ingredients in Just the Goods products have known safety records as per The Compact’s public database.”

As such, everything offered by Just the Goods features “just the goods” and nothing else. JTG’s skin care products are furthermore made without animal-derived ingredients barring one exception, which is that JTG offers two types of lip balm — one is vegan, and the other includes beeswax and lanolin.

“Just the Goods was directly inspired thanks to the Safe Cosmetics Database because it was through their website that I learned about the toxins present in the products I was using at the time. I began creating handmade natural skin care products for myself and friends in 2007 and, in response to the praise I received for the effectiveness and consistent quality of my work, I was encouraged to develop additional items. As my products became available to others, the line began to grow to accommodate a wider range personal care needs,” notes Placentile.

Although the Compact project is completed, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics will continue to advocate for safe, healthy products for all consumers by working with a broad range of companies in the new Safe Cosmetics Business Network and by working with voters and Congressional leaders in the United States to pass the Safe Cosmetics Act, which will update the 1938 cosmetics regulations that are failing to protect health.

We have not yet achieved similar initiatives in Canada, but notable work by Canadian non-profits such as Environmental Defence and The David Suzuki Foundation are helping to promote these issues nationwide.

For more information about the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, please visit: http://www.safecosmetics.org. For more information about Just the Goods, please visit: http://www.justthegoods.net.

Just the Goods is available in Winnipeg at Sew Dandee (105 Osborne Street) or directly from Just the Goods via email. Just the Goods will be participating in Crafty Minions at Aqua Books (274 Garry Street) on Saturday, December 3 from 11:00 – 5:00 p.m.

For additional information, please contact Milena Placentile by email (contact@justthegoods.net).

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Core members of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics include: Clean Water Action, the Breast Cancer Fund, Commonweal, Environmental Working Group, Friends of the Earth, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and Women’s Voices for the Earth.

Download the full report here: http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=913