|Re: multiple chemical sensitivity, fragrances||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 13:11:45 -0700 (PDT)|
I am asthmatically allergic to fragrances. In deference to me and other users of our common house (members and public), we do not allow incense or scented candles, smudge, or other intentionally fragrant objects in the CH. I have personally replaced the Dial-type soap in the bathrooms (for one thing "antibacterial" soaps are bad for the environment in so many ways it's a wonder the FDA hasn't pulled them yet; my recent food handlers' training started with a talk on the evils of antibac soap). I did so because the smell gags me, but also because there are people (including one in the neighboring Eco Village, which sometimes meets at our CH) who could be laid up in bed by walking in on such fragrances. The EcoVillage has an official policy that the common spaces there will not use fragrant products, and be fragrance free. My neighbors have seen me go into a wheezing fit enough times that they get that they just CAN'T in good conscience wear fragrances. At the very least, it would be great if coho common spaces could all be fragrance free, in terms of incense, potpourri, smelly cleaning products, gardenias and stargazer lilies too. I believe that we "canaries in the mine" are a clue that such stuff isn't really good for anybody. As we breathe more and more pollution, over the years, people's allergy threshholds will lower. And it's cumulative. The bad news is that lots of good people still don't get it. I keep running into people who adamantly claim I couldn't be not-breathing because of their all-natural organic, fair-trade, essential oils of sandalwood, patchouilli, and rose.....but I'm allergic to those too. The good news is that this is changing. More and more workshops, schools, and even the Seattle Opera are announcing no-perfume policies. I applaud those who at least take steps to raise this awareness -- thanks! Lynn Nadeau, RoseWind Cohousing Port Townsend Washington (Victorian seaport, music, art, nature) http://www.rosewind.org http://www.ptguide.com http://www.ptforpeace.info (very active peace movement here- see our photo)
Re: multiple chemical sensitivity, fragrances Lynn Nadeau, July 29 2005
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