Leonard's goal with all of her films is to get people talking about production and consumption, and the social and environmental consequences. Free Range Studio's simple line-drawn animations make it easy for the masses to digest often-lofty messages. They're not meant to be in-depth features; rather, Leonard's intent, as she and I discussed back in December, is to get people thinking, and interested enough to get out, learn more, and make change.
With The Story of Cosmetics, Leonard worked with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, to address the "minefield of toxins" in her — and our — bathrooms. If you haven't already started eliminating parabens and such from your personal care products, you might want to set aside eight minutes and watch her video:
Once you've done that, visit the main Story of Stuff website to learn more about her work, as well as the upcoming The Story of Electronics.