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The Toxies: Award Show With Nominees That Will Kill You

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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.

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