Love is.......ensuring you're not contaminated! Take action for strong European chemical laws.
We tested 36 well know brands of perfumes for two potentially
hazardousman-made chemical groups: phthalate esters and synthetic
musks. Boththese types of chemicals can enter the body and may
cause unwantedhealth impacts. They are also harmful when released
into theenvironment. Virtually all the perfumes tested contained
thesechemicals with high levels being found in brands like Calvin
Klein's'Eternity for Women,' The Body Shop's 'White Musk' and Jean
PaulGaultier's 'Le Mâle.'
contained low levels of these harmful chemicals. Puma's
'JamaicaMan' had one of the lowest levels of the musks tested and
GloriaVanderbilt's 'Vanderbilt' contained no detectable phthalates.
Thedifferent levels of chemicals shows there is room for discussing
thephase-out of these chemicals with perfume manufactures.
Chemicals out of control
Perfumes are the latest consumer products tested by Greenpeace
toexpose how common the use of toxic chemicals is in everyday
products.We are using the results to show how current laws on
chemicals areinadequate. A new chemical law being discussed in
Europe is vital toset a worldwide precedent on the strong effective
control of chemicals.
While better chemical control should be welcomed by all, it is
underattack from predictable quarters. The chemical industry has
been scare-mongering with exaggerated claims of job losses and
declining profits.It has also recruited dirty industry's best
friend, the BushAdministration, to threaten Europe with a World
Trade Organisationlawsuit if it dares to try and cut toxic
We are countering the negative industry lobbying by
pressuringcompanies to demonstrate that they can do without toxic
chemicals inproducts. The list of companies setting a good example
by substitutinghazardous chemicals for safer alternatives is
growing - Ikea, H&M,Marks & Spencer, Nokia, Samsung and
Puma are leading the way.Adidas, Unilever and Sony are heading in
the right direction.
Consumer power is vital in changing these companies and you can
products databaseto help you avoid toxic chemicals in your
valentines card with a difference to spread the word and get
people taking action.
You can add your
voice for strong European chemical law to counter industry
lobbying. (Also in
Check the online product database to see which companies and
brands are toxics free and who are not:
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Italian (pdf file)
Read the press
release for a summary of the chemicals tested and amounts found
full report for the complete picture. Full
testing details from the lab report.
Background on the
Chemical Crisis and our campaign for a
toxic free future.
Intro to the
upcoming EU chemical law (REACH).
Steps Up Pressure on EU to Weaken Proposed Chemical Laws.
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