One of the main concerns is hygiene products for women & babies. SCA endorses products with the Toxic-Free Tick, that do not contain dioxins. Dioxins are a group of chemically-related compounds that are bioaccumulative persistent environmental pollutants (POPs). Dioxins are highly toxic, they can cause reproductive & developmental issues, as well as damage to the immune system. Dioxins are known to interfere with hormones & cause cancer. “Dioxin has caused cancer in animals, scientists say, in even smaller doses than that -- as little as five parts per trillion. The most dangerous dioxin, TCDD, can cause birth defects in experimental animals at concentrations as low as 10 to 100 parts per trillion.” - www.upi.com
CAS No: 18096-62-3. Synonym(s): DIOXIN; 2,3,7,8-TCDD; DIOKSYNY (POLISH) ; DIOXIN; DIOXIN (HERBICIDE CONTAMINANT) ; DIOXINE; NCI-C03714; TCDBD; TCDD; TETRADIOXIN
HOW ARE THEY USED?
Toxic chemicals found in womens menstrual pad and tampons can include: aluminum, alcohols, odour blcokers like aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex and synthetic man made fragrance. Dioxins are a group of chemicals that are persistent environmental pollutants (POPs). "Some 419 types of dioxin-related compounds have been identified but only about 30 of these are considered to have significant toxicity, with TCDD being the most toxic." - World Health Organisation
RESEARCH - WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY?
World Health Organisation; "More than 90% of human exposure is through food, mainly meat and dairy products, fish and shellfish." And "Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer."
Canadian Womens Health Network;
"In Europe, health authorities say any level of dioxin is not acceptable, and the World Health Organization lists dioxin as a carcinogen. Yet right now Health Canada has no position on the substance."
WHAT ARE DIOXINS?
"Toxic ingredients found in tampons today include aluminum, alcohols, fragrance additives and hydrocarbons. Worst of all, tampon bleaching processes leave behind dioxin." - Canadian Women's Health Network
"Dioxins are a group of chemically-related compounds that are persistent environmental pollutants (POPs). Dioxins are found throughout the world in the environment and they accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals." - World Health Organisation