“STINK” is a documentary, directed by Jon Whelan, about the chemicals and toxic fragrances added to household products. I am a huge documentary fan. I watch them all the time. When I scrolled across “STINK,” I knew instantly I was interested. The basic theme is a single dad, (Jon Whelan), trying to find out why the pajama pants he ordered for his daughters smelled so bad.
The FDA and the EPA do not require manufactures to list which fragrance chemicals are being added to products. This is allowed because a company has the right to protect their ‘trade secrets.” These trade secrets, (i.e. chemical concoctions) can be toxic and are disrupting our endocrine systems and mutating our DNA!
Perfect example – I experienced a super strong chemical odor on a set of bed sheets I had purchased. In fact, after several washes the sheets still smelled bad. I ended up just throwing them in the trash. I’m still afraid of what toxic chemicals may have been on those sheets!
Can Toxic Fragrances Kill?
Endocrine disruptors like Phthalates and Dioxin mimic our hormones and can mutate our DNA. According to STINK, “We are quietly becoming genetically modified by toxic chemicals.” In the 1960’s one in twenty women faced the chances of getting cancer. Today one in eight!
There are laws in place that protect the American people from toxic chemicals and fragrances. The Toxic Substances Control Act(TSCA) is regulating the use of serious toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.
However, companies selling fragrances do not have to disclose the chemical formulations to the FDA or the EPA. These formulas are considered trade secrets.
Jon discovered the pajamas he bought tested positive for two different endocrine disrupting chemicals one of which had been banned years earlier!
We Are The Lab Rats
Unfortunately, thousands of toxic chemical compounds and synthetic fragrances are being tested on us every day. It is the consumers responsibility to BEWARE. We have no way of knowing what we are being exposed to because the FDA and EPA does not require manufacturers to label the products. It’s kind of terrifying!
Let’s Do This!
We have to protect ourselves as consumers. We also need to be heard. The best way to do this is by using our voice, i.e. dollars. Look for and purchase products that disclose their ingredients and that are free of toxic chemicals. It is extremely important to be careful and stay aware, until the legislation changes.
There are all sorts of clean, non-toxic products out there. Read the labels just like with your food. Find the source of your body, hair and household product ingredients.
As the documentary “STINK” explains, synthetic fragrance formulas are hidden from the public. Manufactures do not have to be transparent or inform the public which toxic chemicals are being used to fragrance their products. Until the system changes, stay aware. I have included a few organizations that can help!