This is my story~ This is my Voice and while you may not agree with me I am speaking up for my rights!
I have offered safe products that help you look and feel great. I pride myself on the safe products I make, and on how they help enhance your life. But my ability to continue to create the products you love is in jeopardy because of a bill introduced into Congress by the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics. It’s H.R. 5786, and it’s called the “Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010,” but don’t be fooled by the name.
Even though the name sounds good, this bill would make it difficult if not impossible for you to continue to enjoy the cosmetics made by thousands of very small woman-owned companies like mine, that make our products with love, attention to detail and safe ingredients. A few of the adverse effects of this bill, if it becomes law are: (1) you will have to pay higher prices; (2) you will not be able to buy as many products made with natural ingredients online or at your favorite boutiques and specialty stores; and (3) you will not be able to decipher a product label.
Won’t you join me in opposing this law, taking a stand for woman-owned small businesses nationwide, and advocating for the right to continue to make the products you love so much? Here’s what you can do:
Please sign the Petition Opposing the bill. (You do not have to sign in to sign the Petition.) The petition is easy to understand, with 7 bullet points quickly describing how this bill would hurt my business without any benefit to you, my customer. As I write this note to you, over [insert number] companies, customers and other interested parties have signed the Petition!
If you are on Twitter, please follow the #OpposeSCA hashtag. This is an easy way to keep up with the latest news and blog posts on the issue. I hope you will comment on some of the posts written by me and my beauty industry colleagues, and even ReTweet us from time to time we advance our interests together.
Vote “Opposed” in the Open Congress poll. This poll is maintained by a non-profit organization, and it housed on a page displaying the image of Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a co-sponsor of the bill. You do have to sign in the vote, but it only takes a second, and our elected officials look at these poll numbers so every poll vote counts!
By the way, if you have time, please forward this note to your friends and family members in other states. The bill is co-sponsored by Reps Jan Schakowsky, (D-Il), Ed Markey, (D-Ma), and Tammy Baldwin, (D-Wi), so you can focus particularly on those states if you’d like, but don’t be limited by that. Elected officials in all 50 states will likely be asked to vote on this bill!
Thank you for your time, interest and participation, and for allowing me the privilege of voicing my opinions!
Michelle Rhoades, Owner
Mossy Creek Soap