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October 28, 2011  | by: Martha Adjei

Campbell's 'Cans for Cancer'

I love Ecouterre, a website dedicated to sustainable and eco-friendly fashion, for their edgy eco journalism and sense of humor, but their list of “Pink Washed Products that May Actually Cause Breast Cancer” really takes the cake.  Here are three items on the list that really caught me by surprise:

1. Campbell’s ‘Cans for Cancer’- I grew up on Campbell’s soup, so the fact that there might be some sneaky chemicals cleverly hidden inside each can troubles me.  Ecouterre says that canned food marketed to children tends to have high levels of bisphenol A (BPA), and some of Campbell’s cans contained the highest amounts, up to 114 parts per billion. BPA is thought to cause cancer and type-2 diabetes in children. Yikes!

2. Philosophy’s ‘Hope in a Jar’- I’ve been raving about the Philosophy line for ages, but now I’m thinking twice before drenching myself with Amazing Grace . The article says that Hope in a Jar, like many other cosmetics, contain parabens, a family of chemicals that can cause a series of tumors in the breast cells.

Yoplait 'Save Lids Save Lives' Lid

3. Yoplait ‘Save Lids Save Lives’ – This was a big one for me. I mean, it’s hard not to open a yogurt nowadays and not see a “this donates five cents” to a cause. However, the article points out that Yoplait contains a recombinant bovine growth hormone (rbGH) whose causes are unknown. Organic Consumers says high doses of rbGH can cause cancer, and that Yoplait has since pledged to be rbGH-free. Let’s hope so – I don’t how they would expect public relations to deal with such a baffling yogurt paradox.

The article also talks about the Think before You Pink campaign, urging consumers to think about how much money is actually going to the cause of their choice. I can’t help but love a serious article with a great sense of humor. Lesson learned? Think twice about pink.

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