Health — April 23, 2011
Stacy Malkan – Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
I was recently part of a Health and Ecology panel that spoke at the Earth Day Celebration in San Francisco 2011. Stacy Malkan was on the panel as well and she’s what I call a cosmetics industry whistle blower. Did you know that most cosmetics and many of toiletries made for men, women and children are loaded with toxic chemicals that are extremely harmful to humans, non-humans and the planet? In this short TED video, Stacy shares her considerable knowledge about the dark side of cosmetics industry and what consumers should know about the hygienic products they use.
Malkan is a co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of the award-winning book, “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.” The book tells the inside story of the unprecedented research and advocacy efforts of the group of women who created the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and built a national movement to shift the $50 billion beauty industry away from harmful chemicals and toward safer products.
As the lead media strategist for the cosmetics campaign, Stacy has helped generate worldwide media coverage about toxic chemicals in personal care products and the availability of safer alternatives. She has been interviewed by New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Globe & Mail, Martha Stewart Radio, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Daily News, Minneapolis Star Tribune and many other radio and print outlets. Television appearances include Good Morning America, Democracy Now, Fran Drescher Tawk Show, ABC 7 Chicago and ABC’s View from the Bay.
From 2001 to 2008, Stacy was the Communications Director of Health Care Without Harm, an international coalition of health care groups, nursing organizations, environmental and labor groups working to reduce pollution in the health care industry. Prior to her work as an environmental health advocate, Stacy was a reporter and newspaper publisher for eight years in the Colorado Rockies. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. -scott morrow
Malkan's book chronicles the quest that led a group of health and environmental activists to the world’s largest cosmetics companies to ask some tough questions.This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover. The good news is that while the major multinational companies fight for their right to use hazardous chemicals, entrepreneurs are developing safer non-toxic technologies and building businesses on the values of health, justice and personal empowerment.