Stacy 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.
The Story of Cosmetics by Annie Leonard with Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
More about Stacy’s story
I confess, I was a teenage make-up diva. I was crazy about Seventeen magazine and spent lots of time at the Osco Drug cosmetics aisle searching for the perfect products that would magically transform me into the confident lovable version of myself. I had an elaborate morning ritual of skin creams, make-up and multiple hair products, all topped off with a huge cloud of Aqua Net Extra Super Hold hair spray.
Twenty years later, thanks to the modern wonder of the Skin Deep database, I discovered that I had been exposing myself to 200 chemicals a day, many of them toxic — before even getting on the school bus! These days, I still use plenty of products, but the old brands are gone in favor of safer alternatives.
I first learned about the problem of chemicals while working as a reporter in Colorado. About 10 years ago, I was lucky to land a job working at an international environmental group alongside some of the nation’s leading researchers and advocates in the field of environmental health. Along with Charlotte Brody, Jane Houlihan, Bryony Schwan and others, I helped launch the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics in 2002 with the Not Too Pretty report, which found chemicals linked to birth defects in more than 70% of body-care products. (The U.S. has banned these chemicals from toys, but they are still legal to use in personal care products.)
After that report, everyone wanted to know: What else is in cosmetics? We formed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to answer that question. In the past eight years, our non-profit group has analyzed hundreds of personal care products at labs and produced many cutting edge reports. We have had many victories including the global reformulation of nail polish, and the introduction of a federal bill to regulate the cosmetics industry.
Visit www.SafeCosmetics.org to help us give the beauty industry a makeover!
About the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a national coalition of non-profit groups working to eliminate harmful chemicals from personal care products. Read about the history of the campaign and keep up with the latest news.
Also see the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep, the world’s largest database of chemicals in cosmetics.
Awards and Recommendations for “Not Just a Pretty Face”
TodayShow.com: The Gift of Knowledge: Six Green Reads
Wall Street Journal recommendation by Kathy Gerwig, Kaiser Permanente
San Francisco Library Green List of Recommended Eco Reads