The Story of Cosmetics
The Story of Cosmetics examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. This seven-minute film by The Story of Stuff Project reveals the implications which everyday cosmetic and personal care products place on consumer and worker health, along with the effects which these products have on our environment. The video ends by outlining ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives.
Time Required: 8 minutes
This video can act as a great tool to help begin class disscussion on the issues of consumerism and sustainability. After watching this video students will be left with a number of personal questions which can be disscussed openly in class or in small class groups.
The style of the video is easy to understand and reaches all possible learning styles!
Instructions for Students
While watching this video it is important to ask yourself:
- What are some 'personal care products' I use on a daily basis?
- Do I know exactly what is in these products?
- Why are hazardous chemicals being used in these products? Is this right?
- What should we do, if anything, to change this?
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