When I was in law school, I imagined my career would look alot like an Erin Brockovich movie! The good guys would win and the big bad companies would pay.
That happens.... rarely. But makes for great television. What I didn’t know at the time was that these things take decades of research, money, logistics and sheer determination. I also didn’t know that the companies I wanted to go after were a 70 billion dollar coalition that spends more money on lobbying government than the NRA.. I was so unbelievably naive.
You can’t sue companies for poisoning people when the law protects them.. You have to change the laws.
I’ve learned the ropes, I know the law inside and out, I know the players and I know that it takes one foot in front of the other and it takes the grinding work of pushing something uphill... year after year.
And this year we finally saw some hope in California. AB 495 would have banned the most toxic chemicals from our cosmetics and care products. The ones that are proven to cause cancer, infertility, birth defects, asthma and thyroid disorders. The ones that have been banned in Germany and the UK for a long time.
Mercury, lead, asbestos, triclosan, formaldehyde, parabens and phthalates. The worst of the worst. And you know what happened? Nothing happened. It didn’t even make it out of the first policy committee. Big beauty lobbyists gave out samples, complained that it would cost them too much money and the bill was dead... just like that. It didn’t even get a vote.
If those same chemicals were found in the dirt, they would be considered Hazardous Waste and require clean up. But it’s totally legal to sell them in lotions and soaps that go directly on our skin and in our blood stream.
It feels so defeating... it could take years, even decades to succeed. But look at that face? I’ll work the years, I’ll put in the time.... I can do anything for her ... and I refuse to make her generation fight this fight. Thank you to the @environmentalworkinggroup for sponsoring this law and all those that came out in support. Let’s get back to work 🏻 #cleanbeauty #toxinfree #yllifestyle - 2 minutes ago