Cosmetics brand L’Oréal has announced plans to disclose the ingredients it uses in its products.

The company made this decision after non-profit organisation US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) presented the company with more than 6,000 signed petitions demanding higher transparency.

US PIRG and its coalition partners also previously delivered more than 150,000 petition signatures to L’Oréal USA’s headquarters in 2017.

“This change in company policy is a clear sign that the cosmetics industry is listening to the public.”

Commenting on the decision, US PIRG education fund campaign for toxic-free products director Dev Gowda said: “We applaud L’Oréal, the manufacturer behind popular brands like Garnier, Maybelline, and numerous perfumes and colognes, for its commitment today to tell customers the ingredients in its product line.

“This change in company policy is a clear sign that the cosmetics industry is listening to the public, and it’s about time. Policymakers need to take note and mandate fragrance disclosure for all consumer products.”

PIRG said that companies use around 3,000 chemicals to make a fragrance, of which some have been linked to cancer, reproductive and respiratory problems, as well as allergies. The non-profit organisation noted that the move to disclose information about ingredients by the cosmetics major will increase transparency for customers.

At the same time, the organisation also suggests that L’Oréal removes all toxic chemicals from its brands.

L’Oréal has not revealed when the information will be made available.