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Expose on cosmetic industry

Bob Berwyn
Summit County correspondent
Vail CO, Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” Sounding the alarm about potential cancer-causing chemicals in women’s cosmetics was no easy task for former Summit County resident Stacy Malkan.

The $50 billion cosmetics industry is powerful and has faced very little regulation and oversight during the past few decades.

But Malkan plugged away at the task and ended up with a book that won a 2008 Silver Medal from the Independent Book Publishers, recognizing it as one of the best independently published books of the year.



Malkan said the book is an expose on the toxic chemicals used in personal-care products that are found in nearly everyone’s bathroom.

“From toxic water bottles to shampoos and deodorants, too many of the products we use every day contain unregulated chemicals that are bad for our health,” Malkan said. “The good news is, there are steps we can take to reduce the toxic load and protect the health of our families.”



Malkan will read from her book at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Weber’s Books, 100 S. Main St., Breckenridge.

Malkan lived in Summit County for 10 years. She worked as editor of the Breckenridge Journal and co-founded the Summit Free Press. She now lives in California and works as a media strategist for national and international environmental campaigns.

For more information on her book, visit http://www.NotJustaPrettyFace.org.


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