Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Sunscreen Nanotech Questioned

Friends of the Earth yesterday announced the release of a report called Nanoparticles and Sunscreens, aimed at "equipping consumers to protect themselves and their families from potentially harmful substances lurking in their sunscreens." FDA put out a report on its nanotechnology efforts on July 7, referring site visitors to the National Nanotechnology Initiative web site.

So can we talk about nanotechnology? What are your questions? Where do you go for answers? How are they used in your products? How should the industry talk to customers about nanotechnology in the face of reports such as the one released yesterday?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Left Brain said...

For the most part, nanotechnology is currently a sham propagated by cosmetic marketers and raw material suppliers.

Right now, (except for sunscreens) they're put in formulas at low levels and are not expected to do anything. Typical "angle dusting".

Groups like Friends of the Earth and EWG exist to scare consumers and raise money. They don't let science get in the way of their scare stories. They begin with the assumption that nanoparticles are bad and we should be afraid of them. This skews their thinking and conclusions.

I have more faith in the FDA and groups like the Royal Academy of Engineering who recommend more testing but aren't so reactive.

People have been using nanotechnology in sunscreens for nearly a dozen years. Where is the proof that more harm is being done?

12:00 PM, August 15, 2007  
Blogger Karen said...

Dear left brain:
Thanks for weighing in on the subject.

4:30 PM, August 16, 2007  

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