Truth and Nail

University of Melbourne pollutants expert Professor Anne Steinemann reveals the dark side of the beauty industry in an interview with The Project. She describes the culprit as the “toxic trio” of chemicals commonly found in nail products, namely toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate.

The beauty industry is not alone in using hazardous chemicals, she warns. In her research, Professor Steinemman discovered potentially hazardous fumes were generated by home cleaning and personal care products such asĀ fragrances. Even products marked as ‘green’, ‘all-natural’, ‘non-toxic’ and ‘organic’ emitted a range of compounds that could contribute to poor air quality and harm human health.

“It’s up to us to bring attention to this problem and protect these workers,” says Professor Steinemann.

Listen to the full interview from the Project, ‘Truth and Nail‘.