|For Immediate Release: April 18th, 2006|
|Contact: || ||Genevieve Roja, Breast Cancer Fund, (415) 346-8223 x31; Ashley Luckey, LUNA, (314) 918-1107|
GUSTER CONSCIOUSNESS TOUR ROCKS STUDENT ACTIVISTS
LUNA and Breast Cancer Fund Inspire Women to Advocate for the Right to Safe and Healthy Beauty Products
FRANCISCO—The Breast Cancer Fund has joined Clif Bar and LUNA in a
coordinated effort to bridge two enduring interests of college
students: social change and music. As part of their sponsorship of the
Guster Campus Consciousness Tour, LUNA is helping concertgoers
understand that what people put on their bodies is just as important as
what they put in them.
"This is a really unique opportunity to actively engage women and men
in causes that affect their health and the environment while having fun
and listening to great music," said director Kristel Cerna of LUNA, who
as the Breast Cancer Fund's largest corporate sponsor, will address
their work and that of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics on the tour.
LUNA and the Breast Cancer Fund view the Guster tour as a natural
extension of their dedication to the nourishment and wellbeing of
women. LUNA is committed to providing women with wholesome, healthy
food, and the Breast Cancer Fund is the only national non-profit
organization focused solely on identifying and eliminating the
environmental and other preventable causes of breast cancer.
At every tour stop, Clif Bar and LUNA will set up a "Consciousness
Pavilion," where students can stop by the LUNA booth to get an
eye-opening lesson about the toxic chemicals in cosmetics and personal
care products that are probably lurking in every dorm room on
campus-and learn how to protect themselves. They'll also receive
information about the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (www.safecosmetics.org),
a coalition of U.S.-based health and environmental groups, of which the
Breast Cancer Fund is a founding member, working to protect cosmetics
consumers from toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer and other health
harms and hold companies accountable for the safety of their products.
At some stops, college students will also have access to the popular
Skin Deep database developed by Campaign partner Environmental Working
Group (also available at www.safecosmetics.org), to look up safety ratings of products they use-and find safer alternatives.
Contrary to what many young consumers may believe, the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) does not review or regulate the ingredients
in cosmetics products for safety before they are sold to the public.
"We want students to take a stand on this important women's health and
consumer health issue-whether it's writing a letter to the manufacturer
or talking to their friends about the Campaign-and tell them that
chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects don't belong in our
products, our bodies or in our environment," said Janet Nudelman,
program and policy director of the Breast Cancer Fund and the Campaign
for Safe Cosmetics' national coordinator.
The Campus Consciousness Tour kicked off March 22 in San Diego, Calif.
and ends May 5 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. For tour
information and show dates, visit www.campusconsciousness.org.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (www.safecosmetics.org) is a coalition of
U.S.-based health and environmental groups working to protect cosmetics
consumers from toxic chemicals and hold companies accountable for the
safety of their products. The Breast Cancer Fund
(www.breastcancerfund.org) is the only national non-profit focused
solely on identifying and eliminating the environmental and other
preventable causes of breast cancer.