ALANA Cultural Center, 13 Oak Dr, Hamilton, NY 13346, USA

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We are exposed to known hazardous chemicals for a prolonged period of time every day through our use of consumer products.  However, a lack of research or a lack of updated science resulted in either a lack of regulations or outdated regulations on these chemicals.  To address this gap in science, we explored some of the most intimate personal care products that are often in contact with our epithelial layer of the mucous membrane, which reportedly has a chemical absorption rate of about twice that of dermal absorption.  We quantified some of the most common hazardous chemicals in these intimate personal products.  The selected products (such as clothes, underwear, pantyhose, activewear, pads, tampons, condoms, and sex toys) were made of different materials ranging from cotton to silicone to plastic. 

The presentation by Dr. Linda Tseng, assistant professor of environmental studies and physics, will report the latest finding in our ongoing research project.

This event is part of the Environmental Studies Brown Bag Series and is co-sponsored by Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Vegetarian hot wraps from Hamilton Whole Foods will be provided. Vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free options will be available. Please bring your own reusable water bottle.

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