Sodium Acrylates Copolymer

Acrylamide/Sodium Acrylate Copolymer is a sodium salt of a polymer consisting of acrylic acid, methacrylic acid or one of their simple esters.

What is it? Acrylates are a family of polymers which are a type of vinyl polymer. Synthetic chemicals used in the manufacture of plastics, paint formulations, and other products. Acrylate Copolymer is a general term for copolymers of two or more monomers consisting of acrylic acid, methacrylic acid or one of their simple esters. The main concern for toxicity is contamination.

How is it used? In cosmetics, sodium acrylates copolymer is used as a binder, film former and as a viscosity increasing agent. Functions include: adhesives, artificial nail builder/binder, film former, hair fixative, suspending agent and anti-static agent. 

Why does Safe Cosmetics Australia [SCA] consider this chemical toxic? Contamination concerns for the chemicals that produce sodium acrylates copolymer is the main reason that SCA does not support the use of this chemical. Acrylates are produced from Acrylic acid and Methacrylic acid, both chemicals raise contamination concerns for health and safety. Acrylic Acid is severely irritating and corrosive to the skin and the respiratory tract. European Union, classifies acrylic acid as toxic or harmful when used in products for use on skin, around the mouth and on the lips and products that may be aerosolized (airborne).  Eye contact can result in severe and irreversible injury. Low exposure will cause minimal or no health effects, while high exposure could result in pulmonary edema. Methacrylic Acid is restricted in Canadian cosmetics and classified as expected to be toxic or harmful, Environment Canada Domestic Substance List.

What is the Australian Government doing? No data or concerns are available – not listed as a priority chemical.

What can Australian’s do? Learn more about this chemical by researching the following links to Government sites & data. Then post your feedback by leaving a reply below.

Sources – Research Organisations, Doctors, Scientists and Environmental Advocates:

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