Past Grantees Consumer Products Fund

2014 Grantees

Center for Digital Democracy
For Software Claims and Big Data Practices
Region: National
Supports consumer education in the “Big Data” era. Consumers in the United States are largely unaware of how the growth of pervasive data collection is connected to digital advertising and marketing; this project is designed to meet this challenge and help consumers make more informed decisions regarding software, especially connected to privacy. Work on this project will involve four main components: research and analysis on key developments in online commercial data collection, legal policy analysis, advancing stories and commentary on consumer issues involving technology products in the media, and outreach and public education initiatives.

2015 Grantees

Black Women for Wellness
For the Healthy Hair Initiative
Region: Southern California and National
Supports the Healthy Hair Initiative to conduct research and education about the chemical exposures faced by Black women through their use of hair and other personal care products. Many of the products used and marketed to Black women and girls contain hormones, endocrine disrupting chemicals and carcinogens. Black Women for Wellness will work with beauty salons and consumers to identify which products Black women and girls are using, conduct research on those products, and develop and publish consumer health education materials for workers and consumers.

Breast Cancer Fund
For the Cosmetics Without Cancer Campaign
Region: National
Supports a campaign to pressure multinational cosmetics companies to reformulate to remove cancer-causing chemicals from their products. Breast Cancer Fund will conduct product testing for cancer-causing ingredients that are not listed on product labels; produce a consumer education report based on the findings; pressure companies to stop using hazardous chemicals in their products; and pressure retailors to “kick cancer off the shelves.”

California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative
Fiscal Sponsor: Asian Health Services
For the Right-to-Know Campaign: the Personal is Political in Healthy Nail Salons
Region: California
Supports education and outreach to the nail salon community and consumers who use nail salon services about the right-to-know about the chemicals present in professional cosmetic products. Most of the workers in nail salons are low-income, Asian immigrant women who are of reproductive age, and are exposed to dangerous chemicals in the workplace. The Collaborative provides expertise, skills and resources to empower workers and owners to advocate for healthy and green salons through regulation and policies that protect human health, hold manufacturers accountable for healthier alternatives, and create greater consumer awareness.

Californians for a Healthy & Green Economy (CHANGE)
Fiscal Sponsor: Trust for Conservation Innovation
For Advancing the Right-to-Know in California to Protect the Public Health and the Environment
Region: California and National
For community-led policy solutions that address the dangers of toxic chemicals on public health and the environment through a Right-to-Know Campaign. CHANGE is a coalition of groups working on chemical policy reform. The RTK Campaign will work with coalition members to finalize messaging and campaign planning, and to develop toolkits (factsheets, training guides, talking points, sample social media posts, etc.) so members can activate their constituencies to advocate for transparency and disclosure of ingredients in consumer products.

Center for Environmental Health
For Ending False Labeling and Protecting Consumers from Harmful Chemicals
$140,000 over two years
Region: California and National
Supports consumers from exposure to harmful chemicals in cosmetics, shampoos, and similar products used on the body. Center for Environmental Health will utilize a multipronged approach combining research, litigation, policy advocacy, and consumer education to push for disclosure of toxic health threats and to enforce right-to-know product labeling.

Environmental Working Group
For EWG Consumer Education
Region: National
To educate consumers about the health impacts of exposure to toxic chemicals in consumer products. This grant will support research on products used by black women so the information can be added to their Skin Deep consumer database. They will provide the data and product information to Black Women for Wellness and other groups working in the Black community for educational outreach campaigns. Additionally, the grant will support research and reporting on harmful chemical food additives, expansion of their healthy cleaning products database, and promotion of the Healthy Living Mobile App.

Friends of the Earth
For the Nanotechnology Campaign: Protecting Children from Nano-Ingredients in Food and Products
Region: National
Supports the documentation and exposure of nanotechnology in children’s products and foods. Nanotechnology is a rapidly expanding, multi-billion dollar industry involving the manipulation of matter at the nano-scale. The use of untested, unlabeled nano-ingredients in children’s products and food is growing despite strong evidence that they can be highly toxic to human health and the environment. Grant funds support food and product testing, reports, public education, and organizing efforts.

Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California
For Demystifying Household Cleaning Products for Latino Immigrant Consumers
$50,000 over two years
Region: Southern California
Supports the creation of culturally relevant multimedia materials focused on truth-in-labeling of common household cleaning products, potential health impacts, and product alternatives. Outreach efforts will target Spanish-speaking day laborers and household workers who are often vulnerable to health and safety violations.

For Soapy Seabirds in the San Juan Islands
Region: Washington
Supports youth education and engagement in a project that links the harmful chemicals in body-care products with threats to marine mammals and seabirds. Youth will create a display at a marine interpretive center, film videos on the marine impacts of body-care products and conduct after school science projects measuring toxics in fish and marine invertebrates.

Silent Spring Institute
For the Harmful Chemicals in Black Women’s Products Project
Region: National
To conduct research, write, and publish a peer-reviewed paper on the chemical levels in products used by black women. Silent Spring will work collaboratively with Black Women for Wellness and others to identify personal care products frequently used by Black women, test for unlabeled chemicals of concern, and publish a paper on ethnic hair products. The information will be made available through factsheets, infographics and a mobile app.

The Story of Stuff Project
For the Ban The Bead Project
Region: National
Supports education, community organizing, and legislative efforts to ban small, plastic microbeads from personal care products. Plastic microbeads are not only a human health concern, but they also escape most wastewater treatment effluent, absorb toxins, and are ingested by aquatic animals where they biomagnify up the food chain. Story of Stuff has made award-winning videos that have garnered more than 45 million online views, including “Let’s Ban the Bead!” and the “Story of Cosmetics.”

Teens Turning Green
For the Conscious College Road Tour
Region: National
Supports a cross-country initiative that stops at over 14 college campuses nationwide and educates students on conscious consumerism. Each campus stop includes a “Conscious Information Station” tabling event and a town hall meeting that teaches the next generation about commonly used product ingredients. The town hall meetings propose healthier purchasing alternatives and offer students the tools to organize on their campuses.

Women’s Voices for the Earth
For the Detox the Box Campaign
Region: National
To eliminate the risk of harmful chemicals in feminine care products by raising public awareness of the issue; provide women with information about safe alternatives; compel manufacturers to disclose ingredients; and to eliminate the use of toxic chemicals. Many feminine care products contain chemicals that may cause cancer, disrupt hormones, or cause allergic reactions. The Detox the Box campaign provides women with the information needed to avoid toxic chemicals; advocates for increased disclosure and the removal of toxic chemicals through market campaigns; and promotes policies to better regulate feminine care products.

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