PORTLAND -Â Young women concerned about the health effects of toxic chemicals in everyday products gathered in Lobstermanâ€™s Park in Portland today to demand immediate action from Maine lawmakers to ensure the safety of fragrances and personal care products. The women highlighted the results of a new national report entitled, â€śNot So Sexyâ€ť, which reveals dozens of secret chemicals being used in popular perfumes and colognes.
Isabel Parkinson, a college student and volunteer at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England told the crowd, â€śMost people assume that the products they use every day on their hair and skin have been tested for safety. Itâ€™s shocking to learn that this is simply not true.â€ť
Parkinson identified a variety of potential child or adult health effects from the toxic chemicals found in everyday products, including allergies, reproductive problems, developmental and learning disabilities, and cancer. The reproductive health concerns include early puberty, impaired fertility or infertility, sperm damage, ovarian and uterine abnormalities, and breast cancer. She added, â€śItâ€™s outrageous that products we use on our bodies may affect our own health or the health of children we conceive.â€ť
The â€śNot So Sexyâ€ť report can be found at http://www.safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=644. For more information, go to www.cleanandhealthyme.org. The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine is a coalition of over 50 public health, environmental, and public interest organizations dedicated to phasing out long-lived toxic chemicals that build up in the food web and in our bodies.
Contact Name: Carol Kelly
Telephone Number: 207-210-0789