With millions of chemicals and hazardous substances in use around us every day, with flame retardant chemicals sprayed on our curtains and furniture, with toxins in the air that we breathe do you ever wonder exactly how much of this stuff you’re actually being exposed to?
Well the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology and College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University might just be in a position to answer that question for you.
Worn like any other bracelet, most of which are worn to show our support for some cause or person, these silicone bracelets are actually sampling your exposure to “a diverse set of compounds including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), consumer products, personal care products, pesticides, phthalates, and other industrial compounds ranging in log Kow from −0.07 (caffeine) to 9.49 (tris(2-ethylhexyl) phosphate).”
By using chromatography (a procedure that breaks samples down and identifies the individual atoms present), this procedure can let you know what your exposure has been.
You can read more about it on the Environmental Science and Technology website.