When it comes to getting toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day, the choices we make as consumers can only do so much. Yes, I firmly believe that the products we choose to spend our money on is a very important vote with our dollar. And it is often the first step in making the other changes that are also necessary: industry acceptance and government regulations.
Truthfully, advocacy has never been something I’ve focused on. I wasn’t “into politics” and didn’t think my voice would really make a difference. That thinking has changed in recent years, and part of this shift was actually speaking with my friend Kerri Torrey. She was part of a group of Beautycounter consultants that trekked to our nation’s capital to speak with lawmakers about the toxins found in personal care products.
I got more curious about Beautycounter as a brand the more I started seeing about the work they were doing in advocacy and transparency. Kerri started sending me blog posts written by a woman named Lindsay Dahl. And I thought, whoa, this woman is brilliant, a force to be reckoned with, and often “I wish I’d written that!”
And so it is with great excitement that today’s episode is an interview with Lindsay about her advocacy work, our role in creating change, and where the beauty industry is headed.
Lindsay Dahl is Beautycounter’s SVP, Social Mission where she leads the safety, sustainability, advocacy and giving teams. She has been working for over 15 years to remove toxic chemicals from the products we use every day. Working at the intersection of activism, product safety, and sustainability, Lindsay takes a comprehensive approach to integrating social impact into everything at Beautycounter.
Prior to joining the Beautycounter team, 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 other landmark laws on chemicals like flame retardants, mercury, and phthalates. In addition, Lindsay created a nationally acclaimed program—Mind the Store—to encourage top retailers to remove toxic chemicals from products. This initiative led to comprehensive health protective policies from Fortune 500 companies such as Target, Wal-Mart, CVS, The Home Depot and Best Buy.
While working in Washington, D.C., Lindsay was the Deputy Director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, the country’s largest coalition working to update federal laws on toxic chemicals. Additionally, she was lead strategist for the grassroots movement that ultimately led to the overhaul of toxic chemical regulations, the first since 1976.
In this episode we cover:
– What is activism and how consumers play a role
– Strategies to affect change in regulations
– The biggest challenges in toxics regulation reform and how to overcome them
– The roles consumers, companies, and government each have in making safer products available for everyone
– Lindsay’s prediction on the future of clean beauty
– 3 actionable tips to support the movement for healthier products to become the norm