Did you spend last night in front of the TV transfixed by questionable red carpet fashions, teary acceptance speeches, and Joan Rivers’ ever-evolving face? While the 82nd Academy Awards (a big congrats to Kathryn Bigelow!) was the event in Hollywood this past weekend, another red-carpet gala that you may be unfamiliar with proceeded the Oscars on Friday at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre.
Spearheaded by the environmental group, Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE), the first-ever Toxie Awards is a real red-carpet event that bestows snarky honors to a range of notably nefarious “Bad Actor Chemicals” (click here for a PDF with the full list of unglamorous recipients) found in a variety of consumer products. It goes without saying, some, if not most, of these chemicals can be found in various parts of your home ranging from kitchen to bathroom, cleaning cabinet to garden. The raison d'être of the Toxie Awards isn't celebration, of course, but to raise awareness of all the Bad Actor Chemicals out there and to help retire them once and for all.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the big
winners losers from the Toxie Awards as announced on GreenBiz:
Worst and Longest Running Performance: Mercury, a highly-toxic heavy metal found in compact fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, thermometers and more.
Worst Makeup: Phthalates, a family of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible, but also present in fragrances, lotions, shampoos and cleaning products.
Worst Replacement Actor in a Series: Methyl Iodide, a soil fumigant recently registered for use as a pesticide.
Worst Performance in a School Drama: Hexavalent Chromium, a known carcinogen and most toxic form of the element chromium used in industrial processes.
Worst Costume: Perchlorethylene, commonly used in dry cleaning but can cause dizziness, nausea and organ damage.
Worst Ensemble Performance: Toluene (an organic solvent found in paints, glues and cleaning products), Formaldehyde (an organic solvent used in same applications as toluene, close relative to benzene.), and dibutyl-phthalate (DBP), a plasticizer used in nail polish to make it flexible.
Worst Revival Performance: Perfluorinated chemicals (PFC), used as a water, stain and grease repellent with no known biological or environmental breakdown mechanism. Best known for role as Teflon used on nonstick cooking products.
Worst Performance in a Horror Film: Hydrofluoric Acid, a compound used in the production of refrigerants, herbicides, aluminum, plastics and high-octane gasoline.
Worst Breathtaking Performance: Formaldehyde (also part of the Toxic Trio), an organic solvent found in paints, glues and cleaning products, and a relative of benzene, which is known to cause leukemia.
Worst Local Performance: Flame retardants, the family of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) used to slow flames is used in a variety of products, such as bedding and furniture, but can accumulate inside people, pets and the environment.
Worst Stripper Performance: N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP), an industrial solvent used in chemical processing, paint stripper and graffiti remover.
Worst Special Effects: Perchlorate, an oxidizer used in fireworks, airbags, explosives and rocket fuel that can contaminate drinking water.
Worst Underground Performance: Trichloroethylene (TCE), an industrial solvent that can contaminate drinking water.