If consumers are forced to carry the burden of proof, in that, it is now blatantly obvious that some of the chemicals used in the manufacture of personal care products are causing some of us to become ill and disrupting our lives, then couldn’t our governments just do the humane thing and pass laws (in the US and in Australia) making it mandatory for companies to apply the precautionary principle, meaning that when dealing with hazardous chemicals, they could err on the cautionary side rather than waiting for ‘proof’ to show up? Every time, I use a new product and it affects me, I contact the company just to let them know; but I wonder if that small act does any good?
This seven minute film, produced by Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard examines the use of toxic chemicals in personal care products. It reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways in which we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The film concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products.