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Teens aim to green the beauty industry

With constantly alarming news about the toxins contained in lipstick, and other beauty products, one group of teens continues to set its sights on banning such ingredients from personal care products.

The annual Teens for Safe Cosmetics conference was held recently, and according to an article in The San Francisco Chronicle, the group ended its weekend summit with a “plan for 2008: Continue working with lawmakers to ban lead in lipstick as well as phthalates, and create a manual to help others start chapters of Teens for Safe Cosmetics in their communities and online.”

At the conference, Chelsea Green author Mark Schapiro (Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power, 2007), told the group that although these are big goals to achieve, that they shouldn’t let that deter their effort.

According to the Chronicle article, Schapiro said:

“The cosmetics industry is 10 times more scared of teens (than adult purchasers). They can’t arrest you if you show up at the front door of L’Oreal, and they can’t call you a bunch of crazy environmentalists. You are their future customers. You are a fountain of enormous energy for change.”

One attendee at the conference had this to say about why she joined the campaign, and the impact it has had on her life:

“When I realized I couldn’t even pronounce the ingredients in these (beauty) products, I became really scared,” said Kate Smith, a sophomore at San Domenico Upper School in San Anselmo. “When I joined the group, I would learn new facts and share them with my mom and my friends. I felt empowered sharing my knowledge.”

For more information about Teens for Safe Cosmetics, go to their website.


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