We are not trying to make your life difficult.
We’re just asking you to choose products that don’t disable us.
“Really? Products we can buy in every store disable you?”
Yes! Everyday products and materials can disable us.
There’s actually a lot of info out there that the things that disable us are harming many other people too, just in different ways.
An info dump of links are included below. Take your time and read through them, as you will learn things that will help you protect yourself and your family in the absence of product and material regulations that should exist to protect us.
In many places, it’s also the law to accommodate us
to the point of undue hardship.
“inconvenience, morale, and preferences are not valid considerations in assessing whether an accommodation would cause undue hardship”
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Tagged 2nd hand, allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivity, Duty to Accommodate, EHS, environmental sensitivities, essential oils, fibromyalgia, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, MCS, pesticides, petrochemicals, smoke, toxic chemicals, VOCs
This report from the Auditor General of Canada came out in 2016. Nothing has changed as far as I have seen, and I keep my eyes open for these kinds of things.
“The Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG) conducts independent audits and studies that provide objective information, advice, and assurance to Parliament, territorial legislatures, boards of crown corporations, government, and Canadians.”
Here’s a short video, followed by the transcript, more from the report, and some relevant bits from a follow up by Health Canada:
Chemicals in Consumer Products and Cosmetics
Posted in Chemicals, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Fragrance and Cosmetics, Policy, Public Health
Tagged accessibility barriers, allergies, asthma, cancer, environmental sensitivities, essential oils, fragrance chemicals, Health Canada, Human Rights, MCS, MCS/ES, OAG, petrochemicals, phthalates, toxic trespass
Here are 11 excellent reasons to stop using and allowing fragrances in your home, at work, in healthcare, in housing, at school, in transportation, in retail, and in other public places:
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Health, Human Rights, Pollution, Public Health
Tagged allergies, asthma, cancer, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, essential oils, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, health care access for people with MCS/ES, MCS, mental health, petrochemicals, VOCs
We are surrounded by and saturated with fragrance chemicals now.
Weapons of Destruction
(if you have been impacted, you know this is not hyperbole)
Most fragrances are now are made from oil and gas based chemicals.
They are in our personal care, laundry, and cleaning products. They are in garbage bags, candles, and shoes. They are in toys, fire-place logs, and diapers. They are in toilet paper, stationary, and stickers. They are in clothing, pillows, and jewellery. They are in foods, plastics, and medicines. They are in kitty litter, trash bags, and vacuum cleaner bags. They are even in pesticides, where they are regulated by the EPA, but they are not regulated by anyone when they are added to all the other products we use and are exposed to!
There’s no escaping fragrance even when housebound, because so many deliveries of even the basics like food, arrive fragrance contaminated!
We were not designed for 24/7 exposures to toxic chemicals
How much more evidence is needed before something is done about the human and environmental health problems caused by fragranced productss?
Here’s an info dump with some relevant links and videos:
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Tagged allergies, asthma, autism, cancer, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, essential oils, fibromyalgia, fossil fuels, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCAS, MCS, MCS/ES, multiple chemical sensitivities, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, profits, scented products, STINK, supply chain, toxic trespass
How many times have we heard it’s “only a little fragrance”?
Telling a person with MCS/ES that there is “only a little fragrance”
telling someone with Celiac Disease that there’s “only a little gluten”
telling someone with a peanut allergy that there’s “only a little peanut”
telling someone who uses a wheelchair that there are “only a few steps”.
It’s not ok.
It’s NOT ok.
Individual images follow: Continue reading
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Tagged access, accommodation, allergies, asthma, barriers, barriers to access, celiac, environmental sensitivities, essential oils, Food, gluten, health, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, peanuts, sensitivities, wheelchair
Did you know that essential oils are not harmless?
Essential Oils can be a good thing. Many of them have useful healing properties. But as with anything, too much of a good thing is not in our best interests.
They can be sensitizers and allergens, and can cause other health problems too.
They can emit and create hazardous air pollutants. Some are made with synthetic ingredients, or from pesticided plants, and using toxic solvents.
They are WAY over-used and over-promoted, and any beneficial uses the organic oils may have, risk being lost due to this careless over-use.
They should not be used as a popular way to make money the way they are now.
They should be kept for medicinal use under the guidance of qualified, trained professionals, and not the MLM (multi-level-marketing) folks who are inventing new ways to use them so that they can sell more product.
Some people have severe adverse reactions to them, and their proliferation is causing new barriers to access, meaning people can’t access food from health food stores, other essentials, or even alternative health care, because the oils are so prevalent and contaminating everything (1st, 2nd, and 3rd hand) in what should be healthy places with clean, fragrance-free air.
Fore more information, here are a few links to check out: Continue reading
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Tagged accessibility barriers, allergies, aromatherapy, asthma, chemical sensitivity, Chemicals, Essential Oil, essential oils, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, injury, lavender, MCS/ES, sensitizers, VOCs
Some of us have gone to great lengths to encourage others to use fragrance-free products, especially for laundry, as many of the chemicals in fragrances cause such disabling effects for us.
Not only that, but fragranced laundry products pollute entire neighbourhoods with hazardous chemicals when pumped out of dryer vents (which were designed to emit moisture, not toxic chemicals), meaning that we (and others with asthma, migraines, COPD, etc) can’t sit or work outside in our gardens, open our windows for fresh air, or go for walks safely when other people are doing laundry with regular commercial products (and when are they not?), because we could be felled at any time from the emissions.
Much to our chagrin, many of us have discovered that some fragrance-free products can also make us dizzy, cause breathing difficulties like asthma, create cognitive confusion and memory problems, give us headaches, chemical hangovers, and more.
This has caused all kinds of difficulties, not just for us, but for the people who switched products only to discover that their efforts were not “good enough” for us.
“Can’t they EVER be happy? Why are they still complaining?”
Anne Steinemann’s recently published research regarding VOCs emitted from regular personal care, cleaning, and laundry products, (the popular ones used by most people in the “developed” world) sheds some much needed light on the problems.
So what did she find?
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Tagged allergies, asthma, carcinogens, chemical pollution, chemicals in laundry products, cleaning, confusion, dizziness, essential oils, fire hazard, fragrance-free, green, hazardous air pollutants, headaches, laundry, non-toxic, Products, rashes, toxic