by Ali Berman
Categories: Events.
Photo: The Toxies

Okay, that headline was a bit of an overstatement. They might not kill you. They might just leave you sterile, give you cancer, deplete the ozone layer or change your genetic material.

The Toxies, a media partner of Ecorazzi, is designed to bring attention to the hazards of chemicals that are harmful to our health. This satirical awards show is in its second year and was created by the Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) and led by Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles.

From their own mouths, “The Toxies educates the public on the hazards of specific chemicals — referred to by scientists for years as “bad actors” — and demonstrates how we can pull together as neighborhoods, workers, businesses and consumers to eliminate them from our lives.”

Who are the “bad actor” nominees this year? They’ve got quite the selection.

Bisphenol-A, Least Sexy Performance
Dioxin, Worst Chemical Body Burden
Formaldehyde, Worst Hair-Raising Performance
Halogenated Flame Retardants, Super Hot Mess
Lead, Lifetime Achievement in Harm
Mercury, Worst and Longest Running Performance
Methyl Iodide, Worst Replacement Actor in a Series
Perchlorate, Worst Special Effects
Perchloroethylene, Worst Dressed
Triclosan, Most Washed-Up

Have a particular hatred for any one of those “bad actor” chemicals? Luckily for you they’ve got a people’s choice award! You can vote for which chemical you think is at the absolute bottom of the barrel.

Not sure what all of those chemicals do? Check out the meet the nominees page to read about each hazardous bad actor. You might find you’ve even been sleeping with one in your bed each night (hello Halogenated Flame Retardant) or even putting it directly in your mouth (yes, I’m talking about you Triclosan).

The awards go live on June 16th. Find out how you can be a part of it here.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Remy-Chevalier/754430220 Remy Chevalier

    Plutonium or Uranium should have been nominated.

  • http://greensbetter.net Daniel Sciarra

    This Is The Coolest Idea EVER !!!!!!