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Nix Toxic Pink Soap in Schools!

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Today, nearly 70% of schools require district approval before purchasing cleaning and maintenance products such as disinfectants and air fresheners.[1] Yet there is no caveat that these products be free of toxic chemicals. Ubiquitous in schools, pink soap contains these toxic chemical ingredients:

Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a skin irritant linked to contact dermatitis.[2]

“Fragrance” is a catch-all term that can mean as many as 2,000 different toxic chemicals, many of them endocrine disruptors linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity.[3]

DMDM Hydantoin releases formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen, and has been linked to cancer and skin irritation; Japan restricts its use in cosmetics.[4]

If they follow recommended hand washing precautions to avoid illness, our children are exposed at least five times each day to these toxic chemicals.

Let’s get pink soap out of our schools! We ask Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of School Administrators, to identify pink soap as toxic and direct school decision-makers to purchase non-toxic soap for our kids.

[1] CDC School Health Policies & Practices Study, 2012: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/shpps/2012/pdf/shpps-results_2012.pdf#page=117

[2] http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701520/COCAMIDOPROPYL_BETAINE/

[3] http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702512/FRAGRANCE/

[4] http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702196/DMDM_HYDANTOIN_%28FORMALDEHYDE_RELEASER%29/

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