I have heard that new ads are out and insinuating people will somehow feel richer merely by inhaling mysterious blends of chemicals. Please don’t be fooled. Seriously.
“Unstopables … will add an indulgent level of luxurious scent to every load of your laundry. Add as much as you wish for up to 12 weeks* of scent enhancement so you can smell like the lifestyle you—and your wardrobe—deserve.”
They fail to mention that your neighbors who get migraines may think that the “scent enhancement” emanating from your dryer vent (which was designed to emit moisture, not chemicals) is not such a good thing for them, their asthmatic children, or for their aging parents who have lung disease and whose window is yards from your vent.
Apparently we also don’t deserve to know what we’d be inhaling if we use these things! P&G will only refer us to the self-regulated fragrance industry’s voluntarily disclosed list of over 3000 ingredients, most of which are petroleum derived. (Scroll down for a PDF of the list, which took quite a bit of sleuthing around their other website to find).
I’ve designed a few new ads for them, simplifying some of their marketing messages into plain English for you :
There’s more, much more…
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Tagged allergies, asthma, barriers to access, brain fog, brain injury, buzz, cancer, Chemicals, child health, cognitive problems, drugs, EDCs, Fragrance, fragrance-free policy, hazardous air pollutants, hormones, images, impaired, inhalants, laundry, luxurious scent, MCS, MCS/ES, petrochemicals, phthalates, toxic chemicals, toxic trespass
It’s also good for you and good for me.
Being fragrance-free is especially good for children and fetuses, who are vulnerable to suffering developmental harms from chemical pollutants.
Very few fragrances these days are made from flowers and plants. Most are synthetic, petroleum based concoctions, including ingredients known to cause health harm, and many more that have never been tested for health effects.
Fragrance is ubiquitous in indoor air, more prevalent than smoke ever was, and like smoke, fragrance also does not respect arbitrary boundaries. Remember smoking sections and how well those worked? Fragrance-free “areas” are just as ineffective. The volatile ingredients move throughout the air, everywhere and anywhere. They also cause second and third hand chemical contamination and health problems, just like smoke. This means that airborne fragrances settle into anything in the spaces they are found, and the residues from those items, your hands, hair, or clothing, can also rub off on anything they come in contact with.
Breathing is not optional.
No-one should have to breathe toxic chemicals 24/7, especially children.
or a stronger message
Posted in Air Quality, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Health, Pollution
Tagged allergies, autism, child health, children, fragrance-free, fragrances, hazardous air pollutants, images, IQ, MCS, petrochemicals, phthalates, sensitive to pollution, Sick Kids, toxic chemicals, toxic trespass
The images in the 1st It’s Not Personal, It’s The Chemicals were so popular, I decided to make more while my brain was functioning in this mode. Here are a couple that were very well received on facebook, plus a few new ones featuring children and office workers, as they too are being impacted by what we choose to use and put in the air.
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Tagged allergies, asthma, be fragrance-free, brain fog, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, headaches, health, images, It's not personal, It's not you, it's the chemicals, MCS, MCS/ES, migraines, petrochemicals, phthalates, poor concentration, toxic chemicals, toxic trespass
If fragrances and the products they are added to didn’t contain so many seriously harmful ingredients which pollute the air we all breathe, the clothing we wear, the water we drink, and the soil we grow the foods we eat in, there wouldn’t be a need to go fragrance-free. Strangely, the fragrance industry has seen fit to include a vast array of toxic, petrochemical pollutants and highly allergenic substances in their products.
Here are some resources to use in making schools, workplaces and homes safer places to be. Some are new, some I’ve already linked to in other places on this site.
Hope you find them helpful.
from The CDC and MCS
The CDC Indoor Environmental Quality Policy from 2009 explicitly states:
“Fragrance is not appropriate for a professional work environment, and the use of some products with fragrance may be detrimental to the health of workers with chemical sensitivities, allergies, asthma, and chronic headaches/migraines.” …
Potential hazards include chemicals, biological agents, fragrant products, and physical conditions that may cause irritation, illness, or exacerbate existing health conditions” …
Posted in Child Health, Fragrance, Health, Indoor Air Quality, Pollution, Public Health
Tagged asthma, autism, cancer, environmental sensitivities, fragrance chemicals, fragrance-free, fragrance-free policy, hazardous air pollutants, images, migraines, multiple chemical sensitivities, pregnancy, scent free, schools
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
~ Albert Einstein
When it’s hard to think in words, it’s sometimes easier to do pictures…
Posted in Air Quality, Environment, Environmental Health, Healthy Environment, Pollution
Tagged change, fragrance chemicals, hazardous air pollutants, images, indoor air quality, sensitive to pollution, toxic chemicals, toxic trespass