Fresh air does not smell of fragrance

Frisk luft lukter ikke av parfyme.

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No more laundry detergent or smell

Research for better environment

“Tenants in Malmö Sweden now becomes the first in the world to test a technology that cleans clothes in cold water and no detergent. Laundry room installed in two high-rise residential Nydala in Malmo used by 70 tenants and has according to owner minimal environmental impact.
– No more buying laundry detergent and fabric softener and additionally wash machines with cold water. This is something that we are the first in the world to offer. It is clean and odor-free, says Magnus novel that is project manager at MKB. In the installed laundry room is a facility in a cabinet that filter the water and de-ionize it. When the deionized water come in contact with the fabrics in the washing machine breaking the ionic bond between the fibers and dirt.

MKB Fasighets AB has high hopes for the technology. Totally are washed six million washes in the property company laundries every year and to wash with cold water would give a very large energy savings. Detergent and fabric softener is no cost for the property, but also here the company sees many benefits as it would save the environment by creating less pollution, less packaging waste and less risk of allergies.
– We want to contribute to ecologically sustainable Malmö, says Magnus Röman. By testing this solution we hope to find one of the ways that can help us achieve our ambitious goals.

In the project, electricity consumption, water consumption and customer satisfaction will be measured during the six months that the company will then decide how to proceed.”

Read more here; (Swedish article):

I wish this works out, it would be dandy!

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Asthma in the 20 when mother exposed during pregnancy

“Children exposed in the womb to two chlorinated chemicals widely found in the environment are more likely to develop asthma by the age of 20, according to new research in Denmark. The study is the first to link asthma to hexachlorobenzene exposure during fetal development, and builds on two earlier studies that linked the respiratory disease to polychlorinated biphenyls.

The study is the first to link asthma to hexachlorobenzene exposure during fetal development, and builds on two earlier studies that linked the respiratory disease to polychlorinated biphenyls.”

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MCS and knowledge

If you mention MCS many say they are nuts and it is all in their head. What is more true is that those who say it have no Clue and the reality is that those People saying this is way out of line.

Today I read this article in the Danish newspaper


A flower, diesel, which passes, or a napkin, that your daughter used once, where she got a hug from one perfumed lady.

More should there not that send those having MCS with symptoms of primary headache, dizziness, breathing problems and chronic fatigue – if you are striken by ​​suffering MCS, which in Danish called, “parfyme og kemikalieoverfølsomhed.

“We do not know exactly why and how it affects. Some patients have been exposed to a powerful chemicals exposure at work or have developed symptoms at some point, where they have felt themselves under very stressful situations over time, other patients recounts, that they have been  sensitive for Chemicals in the air since childhood.”, says Sine Skovbjerg, there is Research Leader at Videncenter for Duft- og Kemikalieoverfølsomhed.

“But we know from a questioning form that  17,000 Danes have ​​so severe symptoms, that it affects their lives and their work”, says Sine Skovbjerg.

The illness can affect anyone that is subjected to stong smells and scents, but can also affect People that have never been subjected to it., concludes medical director Søren Vesterhauge at Privathospitalet Hamlet.

“Generally 30-40 percent of population is specially tender over strong scents”, medical director Søren Vesterhauge, which was the first Danish physician that acknowledge fragrance and kemikalieoverfølsomhed (MCS) as a disease.

MCS stands for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and was introduced in the Medical literature in the United States in 1950’s. Some People got symptoms when they were subjected to gasses from pesticides, wax and rubber. In 1987 the illness got the name MCS, and in 2002 became acknowledged and by the Danish Environment Ministry, that such a disorder exists. However not yet classified With an illness code.

It is very wide and different what patient can not tolerate, and the extent to how much of smell and scnet and content of them affect them. Joint for them is that hypersensitive affect both their private and social, and their professional lives.

“It’s almost Impossible to get work, for whom want to employ a person that demand and need a scent free environment?”, asks Leader of Danish MCS association, Susanne Hemdorff.

Also in the private lives of those having MCS the illness have enormous consequences. Some must say goodbye to family or friends and neighbors, who is harmed by that person can not tolerate their fragrance. Life has to be turned on the head and everything accommodated to the illness, and Susanne Hemdorff know of several people who have taken their lives on reason of their isolation.

“Even at a Hospital one can experience the professionally personnel taking offence, because you  can not stand the smell, even though for Health reasons”, she says.

Nerves or immunity

MCS goes under a group af disorders, one in Medical world Call  ‘diffuse’. Basic meaning, one can see that people have it badly and have a lot of symptoms, which Doctors can not explain the or treat.

1 July 2012 MCS got its own diagnostic number and for the first time propriety. It was a long fight for patient holders.

“At the doctor they often were boarded with a cold shoulder and with a message, you have suffered, are you sure, that there is no hysteria?”, says Søren Vesterhauge.

By psychiatry has set MCS as a part af a major symptom complex, the functional disorders. Attempt of them to the process under a form of therapy. Without the large success or holding.

“MCS is for me a physical sickness, and over 500 patient, as I have met the last 20 years, seemed mentally normal. Although of course under stress, because none has believed them “, says Medical Director Søren Vesterhauge.

Today there are no treatment for MCS. At Danish Videncenter for Duft- og Kemikalieoverfølsomhed (MCS) attempt of researchers to find if  among other therapies,  mindfulness-based cognitive therapy helps? It is not published, but the Research Points at according to Skovbjerg that patient at least benefit from being able to better live with their symptoms.

“The therapy do not cure them, but it help them to better being able to live with their illness and symptoms and what it brings With it.”, says Skovbjerg.

The latest research also show that one can measure physical differences on MCS-Patient and people Without MCS.

»MCS patient central brain looks to react more strongly to pain, although their point of feeling pain do not seem to be different or lower than others. This we can measure. Also we have measured differences in their immune systems’, says Skovbjerg, which put weight on, that we do not yet know what these differenses mean clinically.

Center closes

Although Videncenter for Duft- og Kemikalieoverfølsomhed is the only place in Denmark where research is don on MCS the Parliament sanctioned in July that license holders do not prolong and therefore Closes  Videncenter for Duft- og Kemikalieoverfølsomhed Down by the end of this year.

“We are being failed as patients. It is disastrous for us, it widely, that the knowledge the Centre has built up for us is lost”, says Susanne Hemdorff from MCS Association, who have now started  a petition against the closure.

Please help!

Since I have asthma against the same stuff those having MCS get ill from I can totally relate to their problem. It is horrible getting ill from Things spread in the air, and if you can not get any help from the Medical side it is even worse. Everyone has to Breathe!

I have signed the petition. Please help by signing you too! Imagine if it was you or someone you love who got sick this way and had to live their lives like this. The only thing that can help those having MCS is reasearch to find out what to do about it, awareness and People caring. Please sign the petition.


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Producers logics

When talking to manufacturers of consumer products like cleaning products, washing products and air fragrance one get amazed about their logics. They very much like to claim their products are safe so they ensure the consumers they are safe to buy their products.

In a discussion With the Norwegian company Lilleborg at their Facebook page Lilleborg Roadshow I found this statement:

 Lilleborg Roadshow Friday 10 May 2013 12:02
“We record huge commitment of a few individuals around perfume. This discussion is not new, Lilleborg has repeatedly been in contact with the same people, and we wish here to reiterate our view: We focus strongly that our products are safe to use. We are subject to stringent regulations which set clear requirements for what ingredients we can use and we have a strong focus on consumer safety when developing new and existing products. In order to meet consumer desires, we offer products both with and without perfume. We spend considerable resources with market research to ensure that our products meet consumer needs at all times. We use the equivalent of resources in product development to ensure safe, quality products according to a very extensive regulations that are harmonized with European legislation. ”

My comment on it to Lilleborg: “If you are so keen on that your products are safe then I wonder why for example Jif Baderom contain fragrances and Chemicals that the HSE (Health Safety and Environment) data say is allergenic for sensitive individuals. That is if you have hereditary history of allergy either you know it or not you can get allergy outbreak using it. But You tell nothing about this at the bottle when you buy it in the store. To know about the allergy risk you must have the safety data sheet and read the very finely tuned text. You know it contains perfumes that are allergenic but you do not stop using it. It is irresponsible if you ask me. You expose customers and their users to the risk of allergy and claim that you care about the safety of their customers. This I want a good explanation to. ”

To the fact: I am one of those who have used this JIF Baderom toilet cleaning spray and have gotten allergies. We used it at work. And after getting sick I read all the fine print about all the products we used at work in the safety data sheet and found that JIF Baderom is not safe! I have the safety data sheet at home. Those data sheet information you do not get as a private person shopping in the grocery store A product one can get allergies from or that make asthma break out is not safe. That is pure and clear logic. I find this way of thinking of the manufacturers are fantastic! As long as they can claim the Law say it is ok to use the content, even when they know it can cause allergy, they continue using it.

They know it is not safe, and still they state to all consumers they care about their safety. I find it stupid, arrogant and uncaring. What do you think?

Copy of original text in Norwegian:
“Vi registrerer stort engasjement fra et par enkeltpersoner rundt parfyme. Denne diskusjonen er ikke ny, Lilleborg har gjentatte ganger vært i dialog med de samme personene, og vi ønsker her å gjenta vårt syn:
Vi har høyt fokus på at våre produkter skal være trygge i bruk. Vi er underlagt strenge regelverk som setter tydelige krav til hvilke ingredienser vi kan benytte, og vi har høyt fokus på forbrukersikkerhet når vi utvikler nye og eksisterende produkter. For å møte alle forbrukerønsker, tilbyr vi produkter både med og uten parfyme. Vi bruker betydelig med ressurser på markedsundersøkelser for å sikre at våre produkter møter forbrukernes ønsker og behov til enhver tid. Vi bruker tilsvarende med ressurser i vår produktutvikling for å sikre trygge kvalitetsprodukter i henhold til et meget omfattende regelverk som er harmonisert med europeisk regelverk.”

My comment in Norwegian: Annelie Molin “Om dere nå er så opptatt av at produktene skal være trygge da lurer jeg på hvorfor f.eks. Jif Baderom innholder stoffer som iflg HMS datablad er allergiframkallende for disponerte personer. Dvs har du arvelige anlegg for allergi enten du vet det eller ikke så kan du få allergiutbrudd ved å bruke det. Men dette står det ingenting om på flasken da du kjøper denne i butikken. For å få vite det må du ha HMS produktdatabladet og lese det meget finstilte. Dere vet det innholder stoffer som er allergiframkallende (1,2-benzisotiazolin-3-on) men dere slutter ikke å bruke det. Ansvarsløst spør du meg. Dere utsetter kundene og brukerne deres for risiko for allergi og påstår så at dere bryr dere om sikkerheten til kundene deres. Dette vil jeg ha en god forklaring på.

Safety Data Sheet (Norwegian)


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NEWS! Scented shops are dangerous for employees and customers health

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NYHETER! Duftende butikker er farlig for ansatte og kunder helse

Butikker bruker i økende grad parfyme å lokke kunder, så kalt scent marketing, eller duftmarkedsføring på norsk.

Fagforeninger i Danmark følger saken med Abercrombie & Fitch med interesse. En jobb i en butikk eller masse besøk til visse butikker kan gi ansatte og kunder allergi og pustevansker. Myndigheter, eksperter og organisasjoner, frykter dette fordi bruken av den såkalte duftmarkedsføring har økt de siste tre årene. Det Danske Arbeidstilsynet vil ikke kommentere konkrete saker, men administrerende tilsynssjef Anne Therese Schultz-Petersen sier at Arbeidstilsynet har startet arbeidet med dette problemet. “Vi har vært klar over problemene med duftmarkedsføring en lengre tid, og fokuserer på det. Vi reagerer spesielt hvis det er allergener, som åpenbart ikke er bra for de ansatte å være i,” sier hun, og viser til at det kan være allergifremkallende stoffer i parfymer,  som sprøytes ut i butikkene.” Samlet sett er det unødvendig eksponering for arbeidere ved brukav parfyme med slike stoffer,” sier Anne Therese Schultz-Petersen. Mange dufter kan føre til allergier.

Den amerikanske kleskjeden Abercrombie & Fitch er kjent for sin utstrakte bruk av parfyme i butikker over hele verden som beskrevet på tirsdag, det Danske Arbeidstilsynet har det siste året forsøkt å få motekjeden å beskytte de ansatte mot de store mengdene parfyme som brukes i  butikkene. Parfymen inneholder allergenen citronellol.

Fagforeningen for butikksansatte i Danmark følger tilfellet Abercrombie & Fitch med interesse.
“Abercrombie & Fitch er det første selskapet jeg har hørt om som har fått kjennelse og pålegg fra Arbeidstilsynet om designerduft i arbeidsmiljøforhold. Vi vil følge opp det, når saken er avgjort,” sier sikkerhetskonsulent i HK Handel Birte Haugaard. Hun får flere og flere henvendelser fra medlemmer om bruk av parfyme på arbeidsplassen.” Dette er et stort arbeidsmiljøproblem våre medlemmer ikke bør utsettes for. Det er også et problem for kundene, men de kan la være å gå inn der,” sier hun.

Jeanne Duus Johansen, som leder Danske Videnscenter for Allergi, advarer om at de mange luktene kan forårsake allergi. “I utgangspunktet kan du utvikle allergi hvis du har en daglig kontakt med parfyme inneholder allergifremkallende stoffer. Mange opplever også andre symptomer når de utsettes for dufter gjennom luften, for eksempel: Ubehag og kvalme. Hvis du har astma, kan du også reagere på luftveiene og får problemer å puste på grunn av svært sterk lukt,” sier hun.

Økning i ‘duftfeller’
Ifølge rapporten «Vekst gjennom opplevelser 2011 ‘ har det vært en stor økning i bruk av duft markedsføring. I 2008 sa 34 prosent av danske selskaper som de brukte dufter og musikk i sin markedsføring. I 2011 var dette tallet steget til 47 prosent – og 75 prosent av selskapene at de kanskje vil bruke det om tre til fem år.

“Vi er ikke veldig glad for at vi blir ledet inn i her duft feller. – Lise Nørgaard, Astma og Allergi Danmark “

Dette problemet er kjent og anerkjent av Astma og Allergi Danmark, som har blitt kontaktet av en rekke borgere som klager om bruk av parfyme. Foreningen er bekymret for utviklingen:

“Vi er ikke veldig glad for at vi blir ledet inn de duftfeller. Vi finner at det er en stor gruppe på ca 1 millioner dansker med astma eller høysnue, som er sannsynlig å ha astmaanfall. Og så har vi en liten gruppe som er fratatt sine sosiale liv fordi de har duft følsomhet,” sier kommunikasjonsdirektør Lise Nørgaard, som er overrasket over at der ikke er noen regulering på dette området.

Tunge dufter kan forårsake hodepine
Forbrukerrådet går et skritt videre og krever et forbud mot bruk av parfyme i butikkene for å få til kunder med astma og allergi. På arbeidsgiverorganisasjonen Dansk Chamber of Commerce inviterer butikkene å bruke dufter klokt.»Tunge dufter kan forårsake hodepine og gjøre de ansatte syke. Selv om du har en spesiell konsept med dufter, må du ta det i betraktning. ”

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Jeg synes duftmarkedsføring skal forbys av helsegrunner. Om alle begynner å bruke dette i butikker og andre steder, hvor skal da vi som har astma og sensitivitet handle, bo på hotell, jobbe osv? Dette er et mareritt! Vi må alle puste, og hva vi trenger er frisk luft fri fra luftforurensning!

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In English

NEWS! Scented shops are dangerous for employees and customers health

Shops are increasingly using perfume to lure customers. Unions follows the case of Abercrombie & Fitch with interest.

A job in a shop or plenty of visits to certain shops could give staff and customers allergy and breathing difficulties.

Authorities, experts and organizations, fear this because the use of the so-called scent marketing has increased in the last three years.

The Danish Working Environment Authority will not comment on specific cases, but chief Anne Therese Schultz-Petersen says that Labour Inspection Authority has started working with this problem.

“We have been aware of the case of scent marketing for some time and focus on it. We respond especially if there are allergens, which obviously is not good for the employees to be in, “she says, citing that there may be allergenic substances in perfumes, spraying out in stores.

“Overall, it is unnecessary exposure to workers when using perfume with such substances,” said Anne Therese Schultz-Petersen.

Many fragrances can cause allergies The U.S. clothing chain Abercrombie & Fitch is known for its extensive use of perfume in stores worldwide as described on Tuesday, the Danish Labour Inspection Authority the last year trying to get the fashion chain to protect employees from the large quantities of perfume used in the stores. The perfume contains the allergen citronellol.

The shop workers union movement follows the the case of Abercrombie & Fitch
“Abercrombie & Fitch is the first company I’ve heard of that has gotten a injunction from Labour Inspection Authority about designer scent workplace exposure. We will follow up on it, once the case is settled,” said safety consultant in HK Trade Birte Haugaard. She gets more and more inquiries from members about the use of perfume in the workplace.

It’s a great working environment problem that our members should not be exposed to. It is also a problem for customers, but they may after all not to go in there,” she says.

Jeanne Duus Johansen, who heads the Centre for Allergy, warns that the many scents can cause allergies.

“Basically you can develop allergies if you have a daily contact with perfume containing allergenic substances. Many people also experience other symptoms when exposed to fragrances through the air, for example. discomfort and nausea. If you have asthma, you can also react in the airways due to very strong smell,” she says.

Increase in ‘scent traps’ According to the report ‘Growth through Experiences 2011’ there has been a large increase in the use of scent marketing.

In 2008, said 34 per cent of Danish companies that they used scents and music in their marketing. In 2011 the figure had risen to 47 percent – and 75 percent of the companies that they maybe will use it in three to five years.

“We are not very happy that we are led into the here scent traps. Lise Nørgaard, Asthma and Allergy Denmark”

This problem is known and recognized by Asthma and Allergy Denmark, which recently have been contacted by a number of citizens who complain about the use of perfume. The association is concerned about the development:

“We are not very happy that we are led into the here scent traps. We find that there is a large group of approximately 1 million Danes with asthma or hay fever, which is likely to have asthma attacks. And then we have a small group who are deprived of their social lives because they have scent sensitivity,” said communications Lise Nørgaard, who is surprised that there is no regulation in this area.

Heavy scents can cause headaches
Consumer Council goes a step further and calls for a ban on the use of perfume in stores for the sake of customers with asthma and allergies.

At the employers’ organization Danish Chamber of Commerce invites the shops to use scents wisely.

“Heavy scents can cause headaches and make employees sick. Even if you have a particular concept with scents, you have to take it into consideration.”

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Article is translated to make it easier to English speaking visitors to read it.

I think scent marketing should be prohibited for health reasons. If everyone starts to use it in shops and other places, how shall we who have asthma and sensitivity go shopping, stay in hotels, work etc? This is a nightmare! We all need to breathe, and what we need to breathe is fresh air unpolluted!

Source: The whole article in Danish in the paper Politiken: