CANARY CORNER

“Canaries” are chemically sensitive people who react sooner and more strongly than others to the toxics around us. Like canaries brought into the mines of old, they serve as a warning of dangerous fumes to those less aware. TIP’s focus is on the entire range of the public’s reactions to pollutants in the air and on their skin. We want to reach both canaries AND non-canaries, people who don’t yet know what they might be doing to the health or that of their loved ones. We’re setting this corner aside to address basic canary issues, for those at all stages of the spectrum of sensitivity. Submit a question or a TIP on reactions to chemicals, solutions you have found, or other useful information.

DON’T BE FOOLED ABOUT FRAGRANCE!
Fragrance Fallacies & Fakery

A NEW TIP HEALTHIER LIVING INFO BOOKLET!

TOPICS
P. 2 FRAGRANCE ODDITIES & THE “FL” CHALLENGE
P. 3 MYSTERIOUS MATERIALS TOUR - WHAT’S INSIDE?
P. 4-5 KNOWN BADDIES & SCENT SYMPTOMS
P. 6-7 REGULATION THAT DOESN’T & POLICIES TO PROTECT
P. 8-9 PLEASING PEOPLE? & SNIFF NOW, SORRY LATER.
P. 10-13 ACHIEVING APPEALING INDOOR AIR
P. 14-16 LINKS TO FRAGRANCE INFORMATION & RESOURCES, AND SMELLY SLOGANS - WHAT ADS & COMMERCIALS SHOULD SAY!

(In The Interest of Greater Disclosure And Honesty In Advertising of Fragranced Products)
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INFORMATION PROVIDED FOR A FRAGRANCE-FREE CONFERENCE OF QUAKERS!

More and more people are having unpleasant reactions and experiencing health effects from fragranced products. The term “fragrance” on a label conceals the actual synthetic chemicals utilized in a product - under the guise of “trade secrets”, no disclosure of ingredients is required. Everyone should educate themselves about this, for their own sake, for their loved ones, and even for strangers whom they encounter in public spaces. WARNING: always read the ingredients on the label. Some products shout "unscented" on the front but have "masking fragrance" in the little list on the back.

All should have the right and freedom to breathe without being sickened by air-borne contaminants. NOTE: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) site includes a section on indoor air pollutants - and “air freshener” is on the list. Please explore the articles below for useful - and often surprising - information. Included are fragrance-free products lists, info on specific fragrance chemicals, related health conditions, comments by people affected by the scents of others, and accessibility actions by institutions and government.

SOURCES OF FRAGRANCE-FREE PRODUCT SAMPLES DONATED FOR FGC GATHERING

FRAGRANCE-FREE PRODUCTS LISTS

2007 FGC Gathering Unscented Products List

Last-Minute Sunblock Information

Last-Minute Insect Repellent Comments

Short Dalhousie List

Various Product Lists

Home-Made Alternatives

FRAGRANCE-FREE CONCERNS & INFORMATION

Accessibility

Concerns Behind the Fragrance-Free Samples Project We're planning to distribute free samples of fragrance-free cosmetics at an 1800 person conference in 2007.

Northampton Friends Meeting Flyer - Edited

Bold Religious Communities Fragrance Flyer

Pet Peeves About Fragrance

Friends and Fragrances:  A Friends Journal article on Quakers and chemical sensitivity.

Connie Eash's Reply to Friends Journal Article

What’s In “Fragrance”?

Fragrance Regulation

8-6-06 Fragrance Chems Toxicity

Fragrance Chems in Laundry Products

Perfume Analysis

Fragrance Concerns

Perfume Fragrance Warnings

Scents to Die For

Fragrance & Chemical Sensitivities

Scents Kids Go Wild For

Trouble In the Air

Air Freshener Concerns

Chemical Sensitivities and Air Fresheners

Toxic Effects of Air Freshener Emissions

Zeolite, Nature's Deodorizer

Canary Links

Town Hall accessibility project underway:  Shutesbury, Massachusetts article.
Job Accommodation Network Publications:  Work-Site Accommodation Ideas
for Individuals with Fragrance Sensitivity.

ACCESSIBILITY ACTIONS & CONCERNS

2006 Rhode Island State Legislature Resolution

Rhode Island Governor's Commission on Disabilities, 8-23-05 special forum

Written Testimonies That We Have Gathered From This Hearing:

Peggy Munson

Deborah A. Pina

Linda C. Dugas

(name withheld)

Liberty Goodwin

Paul Klinkman

Complete transcribed testimonies will in time be available at the RI Governor's Commission on Disabilities website under "2005 Forums".

Existing Accessibility Protocols For Chemically Sensitized People

Brigham and Women's Hospital Fragrance Policy

MCS Protocol of Mercy Medical Center

The Missouri Governor's Council on Disability Policy

Comments to the Department of Transportation on Airline Accessibility Protocol

Liberty Goodwin's Comments

Paul Klinkman's Comments

Making Schools Accessible & Healthy

Perfumes Contaminate Our Classrooms - An Open Letter

 


Toxics Information Project (TIP)
P.O. Box 40441, Providence, RI 02940
Tel. 401-351-9193
E-Mail: TIP@toxicsinfo.org
Website: www.toxicsinfo.org