Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Toxic fragrances in household products

The 6 sampled products together emitted nearly 100 different Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). 10 of these VOCs turned out to be restricted or regulated by US laws because they are toxic: chemicals such as ethanol, 1,4-dioxane, ethyl acetate, alpha­pinene, 2-butanone, acetaldehyde, and chloromethane.

PVC plastic products outgas poisons

pvc-outgasIt's one of the most hazardous consumer products ever created.  It’s dangerous to human health and the environment at every stage of its lifecycle: from production, to use, to disposal, yet it’s the most widely used material on earth. Beware of PVC, the Poison Plastic.

Radioactive metals in consumer products

radiation1Authorities in the Netherlands found about 900 women’s handbags that had originated in India and were decorated with metal rings laced with radioactive Cobalt-60 on each bag’s shoulder strap.

Thousands of everyday products and materials containing radioactive metals are surfacing across the United States and around the world.

Common kitchen cheese graters, reclining chairs, women’s handbags and tableware manufactured with contaminated metals have been identified, some after having been in circulation for as long as a decade. So have fencing wire and fence posts, shovel blades, elevator buttons, airline parts and steel used in construction.

Are you paying for clutter?

The easiest way to save resources and energy and to cut down on waste is to use less. This statement is so simple as to sound banal, yet it can serve as a guide to action. Also implied is the idea of consuming less, buying less, making do with what we have already — even at times ridding ourselves of all the unnecessary gadgets and duplicates that so hideously clutter up our lives. All this is just plain common sense, yet it is an approach to living that seems to be fairly rare at the moment.