A test of 47 “natural” and “green” labeled soaps, shampoos and other consumer products show that they contain 1,4-dioxan, which has been shown to cause cancer in lab rats. [LAT]


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  1. AD8BC says:

    so? Is 1,4-dioxan natural? Does it decompose and not harm the environment?

    Can’t imagine a lot of rats (lab or non-lab) getting into enough of this to cause cancer out in the wild anyway.

  2. homerjay says:

    Didn’t we already go over this a few weeks ago?

  3. smitty1123 says:

    What doesn’t give lab rats cancer?

  4. B says:

    Which 53 did not have 1,4 whatever?

  5. B says:

    @smitty1123: Reading Consumerist.

  6. Claystil says:

    yes, but will it smooth my crow’s feet?

  7. stacye says:

    @homerjay: Yes.

  8. Zephyr7 says:

    Green just means good for the environment. Less humans is good for the environment.

  9. LiC says:

    Woohoo, glad I buy the cheap stuff full of gum acacia and words I can’t pronounce.

  10. faust1200 says:

    What a dilemma. whether to have squeaky clean fresh smelling cancer-laden rats or healthy dirty stinky ones….Hmmmm.

  11. rodeo40 says:

    I’d like to see how these compare to regular non-green or non-natural products.

  12. Mr. Gunn says:

    it’s dioxane. Just because it sounds “chemically” doesn’t mean it’s bad.

  13. mathew says:

    Oil is natural and organic, so what’s the issue?