Red card for Beckham

Press release - 2006-06-21
Greenpeace has tested 12 popular perfumes and lotions. Among these were the popular "Instinct" perfumes, promoted by football star David Beckham. Several of the products contain chemicals that penetrate the skin and that are under suspicion for causing harm to mens ability to reproduce, as well as chemicals that are hormone disrupting (1). Beckham's "Instinct" contains the forbidden substance DEHP. Greenpeace demands that the politicians put an end to the chemical chaos.

Greenpeace has tested 12 popular perfumes and lotions. Among these were the popular "Instinct" perfumes, promoted by football star David Beckham. Several of the products contain chemicals that penetrate the skin and that are under suspicion for causing harm to mens ability to reproduce, as well as chemicals that are hormone disrupting. Beckham's "Instinct" contains the forbidden substance DEHP. Greenpeace demands that the politicians put an end to the chemical chaos.

David Beckham today plays in the match between UK and Sweden and is the first football star promoting a perfume by his name. Beckham's "Instinct" is promoted as: "Masculine. Sensual. Sexy. A fragrance for the self-confident modern man who likes the finer things in life."

Environmental Biologist Henrik Pedersen from Greenpeace is indignant:

"Beckham is a role model for many boys and he should stick to what he's good at, namely playing football. In Greenpeace we don't think it's particularly masculine or sexy to sell a perfume containing the forbidden substance DEHP or substances under suspicion of causing harm to male reproductivity," he says.

Greenpeace tested the following products: David Beckhams "Instinct", Jennifer Lopez' "Love at first Glow", Britneys "Curious" og "Fantasy", Beyonce Knowles' "True Star Gold", Paris Hilton's "Just Me" and finally Andre Agassis' Eau de Toilette from Aramis.

Some of the products contained high levels of phthalates and all products contained synthetic MUSK substances. These are substances that Greenpeace in earlier investigations have found contaminating umbilical cord blood.

The coming 6 months, year there is a unique possibility to clean up the chemical mess surrounding us. The new chemical regulation REACH will lead to registration of thousands of substances and the most dangerous ones will be isolated.

"Now it's up to the politicians to protect health and environment and respect the parliamentary decision to replace all dangerous substances by safe alternatives. We fear that industrial ministers across Europe succeed in watering down the REACH proposal and reiterate our request to the European Parliamanet for a strong legislation that will efficiently phase out hazardous substances and replace the with safe alternatives", Henrik Pedersen ends.

"Greenpeace emphasises, that DEHP is forbidden in all cosmetic products in the EU and therefore the authorities immediately should remove Beckham's product from the market".

Categories