I saw long ago already the story of stuff video. Now lately I've stumbled upon also the story of bottled water and the story of cosmetics. Seems they have a whole project going on with more and more videos all the time.
This is the teaser for the first video:
You can see them all at their homepage.
On the subject of cosmetics, Oca posted a link to the no'poo website, with tips on self-made or chemical-free cosmetics. (in Swedish though) Here is also an ABC of cosmetics.