Journal for Activist Science and Technology Education
Many people wear lip balm to moisturize their lips. In this research-informed action project I investigated some of the hidden issues associated with lip balms by examining some of the living and non-living components that are involved during the life cycle of lip balm. Each stage in the life cycle of a product (from extraction to disposal) has some negative impacts on the wellbeing of individuals, societies and environments ("Story of Stuff," 2007). In addition, I conducted a study involving
... a study involving 40 teenage girls to learn more about their frequency of use of lip balms, the features of lip balms that appeals to girls the most, and what brands the girls preferred. My study reveals that 50% of the girls surveyed use lip balm on a daily basis. Fragrance appears to be the most preferred feature when selecting a lip balm. There are no specific colours or brands that stand out as most popular. Corporations use fragrance, colour and fancy packaging to attract consumers and, at times, distract them from some of the negative impacts of their product. I suggest alternatives to lip balms and tips to stay lip balm-free.