For paper 2, I am interested in researching a case about a company who has faced problems or has been scrutinized for certain business practices but has overcome these challenges in an inspiring way. Jordi’s suggestions of nail polish additives sparked my interest as I am a frequent nail polish user, and I wanted to know more about what these additives were and how they could effect my health. As it turns out, for myna years nail polish had been virtually unregulated by the FDA, so whether you were getting your nails done in a salon or even at home, you were exposing yourself to a host of toxic and untested chemicals. Some of these chemicals include phthalates, formaldehyde, and toluene, and have been linked to such health concerns as birth defects and cancer. No health effects were this extreme after a one time use, but repeated exposure to such harsh chemicals over time damaged some users’ bodies.
One of the most toxic brands of nail polish is OPI, which is also the leading manufacturer of nail polish in the world. OPI claimed to the be “the leader in professional nail care,” but they were actually behind other major manufacturers in regards of eliminating hazardous chemicals from their products. In 2006, OPI received much criticism from the public along with pressure from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to remove these hazardous chemicals from their polish. Rather than ignoring the public’s concerns, OPI responded by removing the hazardous chemicals and now proudly advertises that their products are free of toxins. There were no laws that mandated that they make this change; OPI wanted to show that they are a business that listens to the needs and wants of their consumers and are looking out for society as a whole in the long run.