There is simply no stopping Annie Leonard. The creator of the 20-minute internet video sensation The Story of Stuff (viewed more than 10 million times) continues to raise awareness, in simple language and images, about the problems with bottled water, cap and trade and now cosmetics.
In her new eight-minute video, The Story of Cosmetics (created in conjunction with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Free Range Studios), Leonard explores the ugly side of beauty and bath products, pointing out the shocking fact that these products are almost completely unregulated.
“It turns out the average American bathroom is a minefield of toxic chemicals. Lots of products from sunscreens to lipstick to baby shampoo all contain chemicals linked to cancer or other problems like learning disabilities, asthma and even damaged sperm,” explains Leonard.
Even though it is shocking to learn from the video that there are carcinogens in baby shampoos, hormone disrupters in sunscreen and lead in lipstick, perhaps most disconcerting of all is the complete lack of federal regulation of cosmetics in the USA.
“You'd think the government would be working to keep hazardous chemicals out of cosmetics. The Food and Drug Administration doesn't assess the safety of personal care products or their ingredients. Since 1938, they have banned just eight out of the 12,000-plus ingredients used in cosmetics. The FDA doesn't even require all of the ingredients to be listed on the label. Now we can all agree this is an example where a little more government action would be helpful,” explains Leonard.
Annie Leonard is asking for people to support the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 to ensure personal care products are free of harmful ingredients.
Via Huffington Post