Green Initiatives' 121st documentary screening event features Toxic Beauty, a film with exclusive access to scientists, lawyers, advocates, regulators, politicians, a dynamic whistle blower, survivors and women who have lost their lives.
About the film
It follows the class action lawsuit against J&J and the plaintiffs, personal stories of women fighting for justice in a race against time with this deadly disease. Woven throughout the film is a human experiment. We document, as Boston University medical student, Mymy Nguyen, measures her chemical body burden from over 27 products. Scientists monitor her shocking results.In the end, the film meets the companies and people who offer solutions and optimism for safer, toxicant free cosmetics.
Film screening will be followed by discussions with Farah and Carina, Founders of NUDE Skincare.
Toxic Beauty - Background
In 1982, world renowned epidemiologist, Dr. Daniel Cramer, linked Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder to ovarian cancer. Since the 1960’s, J&J allegedly knew the risks and did nothing. In 2004, Dr. Philippa Darbre, a UK scientist, found parabens, a chemical preservative in many cosmetics, in breast tissue. In 2018, the National Institute of Health’s sister study linked breast cancer to personal care product use. Links to hormonal disruption in baby boys, developmental delays, low sperm count in men, infertility, cancer, diabetes, obesity and skin disease - the cosmetic industry isn’t pretty.
Each morning we slather with 1000’s of chemicals, many of which are proven to be toxic. In the United States, the Cosmetic and Personal Care Industry regulates itself. In Canada, implementing regulations is under scrutiny. There is doubt propagated by big industries making claims that we have nothing to worry about, positioning themselves as champions of personal empowerment through their multibillion dollar advertising campaigns. Top researchers worldwide have the hard science to answer the question ‘Are cosmetics and personal care products making us sick?
About NUDE by Korea
NUDE creates natural skin care for sensitive skin without harsh or controversial chemicals. The brand's focus is on simple ingredient lists and only using natural & vegan ingredients of the highest quality. To ensure zero-waste our packaging says goodbye to plastic and other harmful materials.
The company was born out of frustration with the lack of safe and effective skin care options for people with extremely sensitive skin. Farah, the brand's co-founder, suffers from rosacea and eczema. For years she tried to find products that wouldn't make her sensitive skin freak out. While there were plenty of skin care brands claiming to do precisely that, none seemed to actually work. Ultimately, building on years of experience researching effective skin care ingredients for the most sensitive skin, she decided to develop her own products. With Nude by Korea she wants to help people who have similar skin frustrations and enable them to show their nude skin again.
19:00-19:15 Event introduction
19:15-20:45 Film screening (90-minutes)
21:00-21:30 Post-film discussions and Q&A with Farah & Carina
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