Saturday, August 9, 2008

Artisan Skincare Manufacturers Threatened. You Can Help.

Apotheca opposes the FDA Globalization Act of 2008. If passed, this legislation would put thousands of small scale and artisinal skincare manufacturers just like ourselves out of business by forcing us to pay outrageous registration fees and jump through a maddening maze of bureaucratic hoops.

For those of you who like to buy handcrafted niche products, and who value a marketplace filled with diverse and local, sustainable beauty products such as the line Apotheca has spent many long months in formulation: this legislation will make near-impossible your ability to find natural, small scale products.

Instead, it favors the multinational cosmetics houses who spend their enormous budgets on packaging and advertising, and whose products sadly suffer with the addition of cheap, unhealthy synthetic ingredients.

As a conscious and careful small business owner, I believe that consumers must be protected from harmful practices. As an avid supporter of local independent business, I believe that this proposed legislation would only harm consumers by stamping out diversity of choice. It would also sound the death knell to the many small businesses who are the lifeblood of our faltering US economy. I urge others to oppose the FDA Globalization Act of 2008.

For manufacturers and shoppers of independent businesses both, please sign the petition to stop the FDA Globalization Act of 2008 here.

Thank you,

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks,
San Francisco, CA


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