Environmental watchdog EcoWaste Coalition has reportedly found lipsticks containing excessive levels of hazardous chemicals, including arsenic, lead and mercury, in Manila. Based on its analysis of 45 samples of 22 brands of lipsticks, EcoWaste stated that 13 of the products contained dangerous chemicals that exceeded the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Cosmetics Drive’s limits of 5 parts per million (ppm) for arsenic, 20 ppm for lead and 1 ppm for mercury.

Stating that exposure to toxic metals can cause reproductive defects, developmental maladies, neurological and behavioral difficulties, endocrine disorders, and cancer, EcoWaste has urged cosmetics manufacturers to replace toxic metals and other chemicals of concern with non-hazardous substitutes. The group has also asked manufacturers to disclose product ingredients and impurities on labels and requested that the government revise ASEAN’s limits for heavy metals in cosmetics.

Additional details about contaminated lipstick appear in Issue 2 of this Report. See EcoWaste Coalition News Release, August 14, 2013.