Don’t worry, it’s not some band you’ve never heard of. The award in question was given last week at the second annual “Toxies,” a satirical ceremony that recognizes “bad actor chemicals” (pardon them the pun: “bad actor” is a scientific term used to describe chemicals that consistently behave or react poorly). The goal is to raise awareness about the public health hazards these chemicals—many of which are found in the products we use everyday—can cause.
“Least Sexy Performance” was given to Bisphenol-A, for its ability to cause reproductive problems and decreased sex drive.
Bisphenol A (BPA) began her career as an estrogen impersonator in the 1930s, making her a true grandame of the craft. She evolved into an incredibly versatile actor, now appearing in many major productions, including food packaging, water bottles, receipt paper, construction epoxies and more.
Triclosan, a chemical linked to cancer, thyroid disruption and antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” and commonly found in dish soaps, toothpaste and cosmetics, was awarded “most washed up.” Halogenated Flame Retardant won People’s Choice for showing up in car seats, strollers, nursing pillows and cribs and leaving “a trail of toxic footprints in her wake.” Check out all ten of this year’s chemical “winners,” and how to expose yourself to them less, on the Toxies site.