Cancer-causing Chemicals in Everyday Products: Your Right-to-Know and Necessary Actions to Prevent Harm

June 24, 2020
1:00 pm US Eastern Time

Slides & Resources


Malkan, S. (2007). Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry. New Society Publishers.

US Right to Know 

Campaign for Safer Cosmetics 

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP). (2017) State of the Evidence.

Environmental Working Group (EWG). (2017) Study: Women of Color Exposed to More Toxic Chemicals in Personal Care Products.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Not So Pretty.

Brown-West, B. (2020). Beauty products can be more toxic for women of color — it's time to change that. GreenBiz.

Despite a growing body of research around the toxicity of chemicals used in consumer products and within our food system, regulation of chemical manufacturers lag behind the science. Chemicals are used in production, processing, and packaging that are known or suspected to be harmful to humans (e.g. interfere with our endocrine system, cause reproductive harm, cancer and other serious chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease). During this month's call, our featured speaker, Stacy Malkan, will discuss the path that led to the current state of affairs (i.e. lack of federal oversight, industry-funded research, self-regulation), how the adverse health effects of these toxic products disproportionately harm women and communities of color, as well as successful and ongoing methods to address these serious environmental health and justice issues. 

Featured Speaker

Stacy Malkan is a journalist, author, and the co-founder and co-director of US Right to Know, an investigative research group focusing on the US food system, carcinogenic chemicals, and reporductive health. In previous roles as the communications director of Health Care Without Harm, the co-director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and media director for the California Right to Know ballot initiative, Malkan has written extensively to communicate and eliminate toxic chemicals from a wide range of products including medical supplies, personal care and beauty products, and food and food packaging. Malkan's is also the author of ‘Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry’ which presents the authors investigation into the cosmetics industry, the toxic consumer products they produce and sell, and efforts to obscure science and undercut government regulation.

This call will be hosted by the CHE-Alaska Partnership, which is coordinated by Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT). It will last for 60 minutes and will be recorded for the call and webinar archive.