Driving the Transition to Safer Chemicals Through Consumer and Retailer Advocacy

October 23, 2018
2:00 pm US Eastern Time

As the federal government continues to roll back and undermine critical environmental and public health protections, efforts to drive hazardous chemicals out of the marketplace through consumer and retailer actions are more critical than ever.

The Mind the Store campaign has been successfully driving the nation's largest retailers to eliminate toxic chemicals in products and packaging and drive a race to the top to create comprehensive safer chemicals policies. Mike Schade, Mind the Store Campaign Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, spoke about the campaign, latest developments in the retail sector, this year's forthcoming 2018 retailer report card coming out in November, and how individuals can get involved to protect consumers, workers, and communities from unnecessary toxic chemicals.

Beautycounter believes that lasting change happens where education and advocacy meet, and tirelessly advocates for stricter guidelines and regulatory laws to shift the personal care industry away from harmful and questionable ingredients. The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938, and there are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today, many with no safety data whatsoever. Hear Lindsay Dahl, Beautycounter's Vice President of Social & Environmental Responsibility, spoke about Beautycounter’s ingredient policy and advocacy and their work to educate customers about harmful chemicals in beauty products, recommending safer alternatives whenever possible and empowering individuals to demand better from the beauty industry.

Featured Speakers

Mike Schade is the Mind the Store Campaign Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families where he coordinates a national U.S. campaign challenging the nation’s leading retailers to transform the marketplace away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. For the previous nine years, Mike was the Markets Campaign Coordinator with the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ), a national environmental health organization where he led national campaigns to phase out PVC plastic, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA) and dioxin in consumer products and packaging. Prior to CHEJ, he was the Director of the Buffalo office of Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC), a New York statewide grassroots environmental health organization. Mike lives in Brooklyn, NY where he serves on the Newtown Creek Superfund Community Advisory Group (CAG), the Board of Directors of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), and the Community Advisory Panel of the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.


Lindsay Dahl is Beautycounter's Vice President of Social & Environmental Responsibility. She leads the company's state and federal advocacy, charitable giving, sustainability, B Corporation certification and crafts key brand positions related to safety and transparency. 

Prior to joining the Beautycounter team, Lindsay was the Deputy Director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. While in Washington D.C., Lindsay was lead strategist for the grassroots movement that ultimately led to the overhaul of toxic chemical regulations, the first since 1976. Earlier in her career, Lindsay spearheaded the passage of more than a dozen health protective laws at the state and federal levels, including the nation's first ban on the toxic chemical BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups. 



This webinar was moderated by Karen Wang, PhD, director of CHE. It lasted for 45 minutes and was recorded for our call and webinar archive.