National TV and online ads alert Canadians to the dangerous, undisclosed, substances in their cosmetics
Putting on makeup in the morning should not be a dangerous game. In a cheeky new ad campaign launched today, Environmental Defence, the environmental organization who led the charge for the ban on Bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles alerts Canadians to the many cancer-causing, hormone-disrupting and allergy-inducing substances contained in the personal care products they use every day. The campaign urges the federal government to ban harmful ingredients in cosmetics and to give the Canadian beauty industry a long overdue makeover.
“Our experience shows that consumers can and will demand safer products from companies," said Rick Smith, executive director, Environmental Defence. “We hope that the government will also hear their call, and follow Europe's lead by improving labeling, and banning or restricting toxic substances in cosmetics. The federal government has made some major strides in improving safety with other consumer products – like kids’ toys and baby bottles – of late. Cosmetics need to be next. ”
To raise awareness about the toxins in Canadian products, Environmental Defence partnered with creative agency Open to create the 60-second spot “How To Look Pretty Without Poisoning Yourself,” directed by Partners Films’ Aleysa Young, that begins airing nationally today.
In the ad, a chipper game show contestant must choose a cosmetic product that doesn’t contain toxins and cancer-causing chemicals, a “game” that thousands of Canadian women play on a daily basis whenever they buy make-up or perfume containing harmful substances. Naturally, she loses because flaws in Canadian cosmetic regulations mean that there are undisclosed toxic ingredients in many cosmetic products.
The ad is part of Environmental Defence’s ongoing Just Beautiful campaign rallying for safer cosmetics in Canada. Today, they also relaunch the campaign’s website, www.justbeautiful.ca <http://www.justbeautiful.ca
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"Canadians deserve to know what’s in the products they use, and to be protected from toxic substances in our personal care products,” Smith continued. “The Just Beautiful campaign gives Canadians the resources to select safer products, until our legislation guarantees that we don’t need to be so choosey to ensure the safety of our families.”
The site will also include recommendations from Just Beautiful Cabinet members including Sarah Harmer, Gill Deacon, and Jennifer Podemski, to name a few. The Cabinet is a group of volunteers who share a commitment to the goals of the campaign.
Try to Look Pretty Without Poisoning Yourself!
Agency: Open, Toronto
Partner Creative: Martin Beauvais
Partner Strategy: Christian Mathieu
Project Lead: Anne Ngo
Agency Producer: Anna Tricinci
Writer: Rich Cooper
AD: Simon Tuplin
Client: Environmental Defence
Executive Director: Rick Smith
Director of Communications: Stephanie Kohls
Communications Manager: Erin Charter
Communications Coordinator: Aviva Friedman
Toxic Program Manager: Maggie MacDonald
Production Company: Partners Film, Toronto
Director: Aleysa Young
Executive Producer: Aerin Barnes
DP: Ray Dumas
Line Producers: Amalie Bruun & Shannon Brand
Production Manager: Shannon Brand
Assistant Director: Eric Kaskens
Set Designer: Alan Fellows
Casting: Andrew Hayes, Powerhouse Casting
Post Production Company: Panic & Bob Editing, Toronto
Editor: Matthew Kett
Assistant Editor: Jason Cook
Executive Producer: Sam McLaren
Transfer: Notch, Toronto
Colourist: Jason Zukowski
Online: Panic & Bob Editing, Toronto
Online Artist: Andrew Hobbs
Online Producer: Bobbi Dedman
Music and Sound Design: RMW Music, Toronto
Producer/Track Director: Ted Rosnick
Sound Design: Vlad Nickolic
Engineer: Dustin Anstey