Teens Tell Abercrombie & Fitch To Stop Spraying Signature Scent
You usually know when you're close to an Abercrombie & Fitch store because you can smell it. A student organization called Teens Turning Green wants them to stop spritzing, citing that chemicals in the fragrance dispersed by the store are hazardous.
"We as teens feel it is unacceptable that Abercrombie and Fitch customers are unknowingly being exposed to harmful chemicals by simply walking into the stores," Jessica Assaf, president of the Turning Green Chapter at New York University, said. "We have decided to stand up for our health, and demand a change."
Last Friday the group protested outside of Abercrombie's flagship store in New York City. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics also supports Teens Turning Green's movement, explaining that the store's signature fragrance -- called Fierce -- contains 11 chemicals that are not revealed on the label, eight that have been known to cause headaches and wheezing, and also high amounts of one chemical that may cause a harmful effect on testosterone.
MomsRising, American Fertility Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility, AllergyKids and the State Nurses Associations of Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York all joined forces with Teens Turning Green to write a letter to Abercrombie & Fitch's CEO. He didn't respond, but on their Facebook page Abercrombie states:
"A&F has significantly reduced the frequency of hand spritizing that associates do in the stores. Instead, we use scenting machines which provide a more uniform distribution of fragrance. The machines emit a water-based, safe fragrance that complies with local, state and federal laws. The formulation contains no harmful volatile organic compounds or any chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or any other reproductive harm."
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