Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Story of Cosmetics: It's YOUR Story!

Is your clock ticking? This one is. In one month--or less--you can be one your way to a healthier you. Why a month? Because change isn't easy. You can begin by watching a short video that could change your life.

  1. an ugly truth (think asthma, cancer, learning disabilities)
  2. a new short film (7 minutes)
  3. from The Story of Stuff Project.
The story of cosmetics is everyone's story. With or without cancer, this is your story. Male or female, this is your story. Every day we come in contact with carcinogens. Every day, in one way or another, we touch, ingest, wear cancer-causing stuff. It's time to stop putting ourselves literally in harm's way.

With some indebtedness to Common Craft's Explanations in Plain English format, this video should touch a nerve. Should make you rethink what you purchase. Should make you a label reader (if you cannot pronounce it, you do not want it).

From cancer survivor Kristi March, a video that speaks to the heart of making correct choices about carcinogens in cosmetics, including a "hazard score" website for cosmetics.

For more about stuff, you might want to watch this video.

This ingenious project for a wiser earth also produced The Story of Bottled Water. Hopefully, we are already informed about the perils of purchasing unregulated water, but if not, please watch this video.

Changing cultural mindsets, aka, our beliefs and practices in daily life, is difficult. But if we want to live healthier lives, if we want to survive, we need to begin somewhere. And we need to begin right now. Take the first step--today. Begin your countdown to a healthier you.

From, released on July 21, 2010, the release date of The Story of Cosmetics
...the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 was introduced in Congress. We couldn't have asked for a better ending to the film, or a better opportunity for you to be part of a comprehensive solution to toxic chemicals in cosmetics.

For the first time in 70 years, we have a real chance to pass a bill that would eliminate chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other health problems from the products women, men and children put on their bodies every day. We need all hands on deck for this effort: Urge your elected officials to co-sponsor the Safe Cosmetics Act.

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