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Environmental Justice

The Environmental Justice program works to build healthier communities by addressing issues such as the elimination of oil drilling, the exposure of toxic chemicals in our personal and hair care products, and more.

To find out more information about this program and how you can become involved, contact Dr. Astrid Williams, Environmental Justice Program Manager.


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Exposed: Ingredients in Salon Products & Salon Worker Health and Safety

Exposed: Ingredients in Salon Products & Salon Worker Health and Safety

Health and justice organizations, Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), California Health Nail Salon Collaborative (CHNSC) and Black Women for Wellness, have released a report that spotlights how new ingredient disclosure requirements for professional salon products are providing improved and vital information about chemical exposure from the use of these products.

The report, Exposed: Ingredients in Salon Products & Salon Worker Health and Safety, calls attention to significant changes the industry has made in increasing ingredient transparency as a result of new laws. It also points to chemicals of concern that — despite years of documented links to adverse health impacts — continue to be widely used in professional nail and hair products. Specifically, the report reveals over 30 hazardous ingredients in professional salon products that have not been disclosed on product labels – until now.


Exposed: Ingredients in Salon Products & Salon Worker Health and Safety »

Spanish Translation »

Fact sheet spotlighting toxic chemicals in salon products identified in this report is available in EnglishSpanish, and Vietnamese.

johnson and johnson

Black Women for Wellness has led the charge against Johnson & Johnson to force them to stop selling their asbestos-contaminated talc baby powder.

In August 2022, after years of advocacy, Johnson & Johnson announced that they will stop selling their talc-based baby powder globally! Read more here.



May 2020

Summer 2020

August 2021

  • 200 organizations from 51 countries signed onto a letter written by BWW asking J&J to stop selling its baby powder products globally – August 2021.

October 2021

  • J&J continued to sell and market talc-based baby powder in the U.S. This is shown in a Worldwide Research Brief for Black Women for Wellness – Oct 2021.

Winter 2022

  • Despite there being over 38,000 active lawsuits against J&J related to asbestos in their talc-based baby powder, J&J denied wrongdoing and won a court battle to proceed with its plan to shield its talc liabilities and deny thousands of people due process – Winter 2022.

Spring 2022

  • This video was banned from being shown to shareholders about J&J’s harms.

August 2022

Healthy Hair Initiatives

beauty justice

Black women are overexposed and underprotected in the world of beauty.

Due to eurocentric beauty standards, poor government regulation, and systemic racism, Black women are sold products with ingredients that are harmful to reproductive and respiratory health. This is called the environmental injustice of beauty, and it is even more severe for beauty industry professionals who work with dangerous ingredients in products everyday. We deserve better!

  • We host Curls & Conversations events to shine a light on this issue and education about healthy hair.

  • We conduct community-based research with partners like Occidental College and Silent Spring Institute to better understand this problem and create solutions.

  • We work directly with hairstylists and barbers to advocate on their behalf, listen to, and address health concerns.

resources for you

Check out these resources to help keep you and your family safe.

Non Toxic Hair and beaut Products
Black people protesting in a rally

The built environment in Los Angeles hasn’t been designed equitably.

Black and Brown people face more environmental burdens in their neighborhoods – this includes everything from experiencing hotter temperatures and worse air quality, the presence of toxic facilities like oil wells, water quality concerns, and the list goes on.

At BWW, we work to address some of these harms.

  • We are proud members of STAND LA, a coalition to bring an end to neighborhood oil drilling. Recently, LA County and LA City voted in favor of making oil drilling non-confirming. Now, we are in the midst of making these votes a reality and making sure that community voices are centered in the discussion of what these sites become.

  • We work to understand and address our community’s water quality, affordability, and accessibility concerns. If you have concerns, please reach out to us.

Environmental Justice reading materials and educational literature.

  • Coming Clean policy papers on how to bring about a toxic-free future. Learn More!
  • Dr. Robert Buillard, considered to be the father of Environmental Justice, has many books on the issues at hand. Check them out here!
Non Toxic Hair and beaut Products


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Toxic Ingredients to Avoid Update placed

Top Haircare Ingredients to Avoid for Black Women

Household Cleaning Safety Tip Card 2022

DIY Products

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5 Tips for Safer Styling

Household Cleaning Safety Tip Card 2022

4 Tips for Safer Cleaning

Curls & Conversations - Black Women for Wellness Environmental Justice

Curls & Conversations

2022 General Card - Black Women for Wellness Environmental Justice

BWW Environmental Justice Team

Toxic-Free Beauty Product Guide Lather Chem Card

Lather Chem Card Toxic-Free Beauty Product List

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Eco Conscious Self Care Tips

14 Ways to Reduce your exposure to toxins Feb 2023 PDF

14 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins in Personal Care Products

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Natural Evolutions: One Hair Story

Black Women for Wellness Newsletter Graphic

Black Going Green 2015

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Stylin’ Safely Healthy Hair Initiative – Ergonomics

Black Women for Wellness Newsletter Graphic

Black Going Green 2014

Stylin' Safely Healthy Hair Initiative - Eye Irritants

Stylin’ Safely Healthy Hair Initiative – Eye Irritants

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Stylin’ Safely Healthy Hair Initiative – Product Ingredients

Black Women for Wellness Naturally Healthy Hair

Techniques to Achieve Naturally Healthy Hair