Not Just A Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry
~Co-presented with Point Reyes Books~
Michael Lerner talks with Stacy Malkan about her book, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, which exposes the toxic truth about the products we smear on our bodies and slather in our hair. The book tells the inside story of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national coalition of health and environmental groups working to eliminate toxic chemicals from everyday products. The campaign launched in 2002 with a report that revealed that more than 70% of personal care products—including shampoos, deodorant, fragrance, and lotion—contain phthalates, a set of industrial chemicals linked to birth defects and reproductive harm.
Since 2001, Stacy has served as the communications director of Health Care Without Harm, a global network of 440 groups in 52 countries working to reduce the environmental harm of the health care industry. Prior to that, She worked for 10 years as an investigative journalist and newspaper publisher in the Colorado Rockies. In her new book, Stacy describes what she’s learned along the way about the science and politics of chemicals, and the inspiring stories of the activists, entrepreneurs, scientists and politicians who are working for a healthier future