21.8.14

NO LESS MIGHTY


Some brands like to use athletic animals such as Puma, Jaguar, Reebok and are very successful. Obviously we are too dumb to follow such a path and prefer the less obvious. Here we give you the 'dung beetle black ball.'
No less mighty in our eyes.
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19.8.14

FORMALDEHYDE AND CANCER AND ME


Formaldehyde, a substance widely used in consumer products including textiles, has been authoritatively judged a carcinogen despite the best efforts of the chemical industry to confuse the issue. A panel of experts convened by the National Academy of Sciences found sufficient evidence from human studies to declare formaldehyde “a known human carcinogen” linked specifically to nasal cancer and leukaemia.

Brands that still use formaldehyde as an ingredient insist that it is safe.

Consumers have a vital role to play in persuading companies to remove known carcinogenic and other toxic chemicals such as hormone disruptors from their consumer products.

Sports apparel brands; Nike, Adidas, Puma (and many others) all use formaldehyde in their apparel.

Textiles are treated with formaldehyde finishers to give them additional performance properties such as:

Anti-cling, anti-static, anti-wrinkle, and anti-shrink
Waterproofing and stain resistance
Perspiration proof
Moth proof
Mildew resistant
Colour-fast

Just ask them; why are you still using a known carcinogen in my clothing?

Why would any consumer want to buy and play sport wearing textiles containing formaldehyde?

Sports media; printed and digital, all side with the brands and not you the consumers, for they rely on brands advertising revenue. So, unfortunately, it really is up to you to ask questions and persuade brands to change to safer alternatives.

After all it is your sweating skin and body.
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14.8.14

SWEDEN TO SUE EU OVER HORMONE DISRUPTORS


For decades, studies of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have challenged traditional concepts in toxicology, in particular the dogma of “the dose makes the poison,” because EDCs can have effects at low doses that are not predicted by effects at higher doses.

Thus, fundamental changes in chemical testing and safety determination are needed to protect human health.

Current epidemiology studies link low-dose EDC exposure to a myriad of health problems; diseases, disorders and suggest that the costs of current low-dose exposure are likely to be substantial.

It is logical to conclude that low-dose testing followed by regulatory action to minimize or eliminate human exposures to EDC’s could significantly benefit human health.

EDC’s include; lead, mercury, phthalates and ethoxylates.

It just so happens that all of the above hormones disrupting chemicals in low doses are used to make polyester ‘plastic’ sportswear designed to interact with your sweating skin.

They don’t tell you that in any of the marketing blurb. The brands probably don’t even tell the sport stars they sponsor to wear them.

Sweden's environment ministry is threatening to sue the European Commission in the European Court of Justice over alleged foot-dragging on endocrine disruptors.

Environment minister Lena Ek said she is seeking the lawsuit to force the European regulatory authority to "deliver the scientific criteria so we can start moving toward a poison-free society."

Ek blamed the delays on the "European chemical lobby," which she claimed is putting commissioners under pressure.
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7.8.14

TOUR BAGS


We've never been keen on tour bags, always felt they were over-sized, looked awful and made from dodgy materials. Until recently we didn't perhaps appreciate all of the gear a tour pro needs. So we've had a little re-think and come up with some new features; all pockets lined with aluminium foil, a secret hidden pocket for your stash, plenty of room for all paraphernalia, enlarged teepeg holders capable of holding hypodermic needles and where possible hemp fabric is used. There’s also an optional deer-antler club cover.
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6.8.14

FLORIDA SNOW


'Florida snow' t-shirt. 100% pure. #golfrefugees #floridasnow
There's much more than sunshine in Florida. Why do so many tour pros live in Florida?
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5.8.14

WHAT ARE PHTHALATES?


You may have heard about a class of chemicals called phthalates, most notorious for their hormone disruption. They’re found in a variety of consumer products including polyester (plastic) sports apparel, and based on a law passed in 2008 a USA government panel was tasked with reviewing the science around health effects of these chemicals, despite intense meddling from the chemical industry.

A commission of scientists issued a long-awaited report last month recommending a ban on toxic compounds called phthalates in children’s articles.

Despite the chemical industry’s relentless campaign to overturn the ban on these extremely toxic chemicals, we are heartened that the science and concern for the protection of children’s health won out, at least at this step of the process.

The decision was based on anti-androgenic activity of phthalates, where these chemicals were associated with blocking the action of androgens, the hormones responsible for male characteristics.

What are phthalates?

Phthalates are used to make plastics more flexible. Phthalates have been linked to serious health concerns including early puberty in girls (a risk factor for breast cancer), birth defects, asthma, fertility issues, obesity, reproductive harm in males, DNA damage to sperm, and decreased sperm counts. The World Health Organization and the United Nations released a report in February 2013 identifying phthalates as endocrine disruptors that interfere with important developmental processes in humans and wildlife.

Implications

The report called for better information on the hazards and exposures to people and more evaluation of the potential risks. The regulatory systems currently in place is woefully ineffective, leaving the American public unprotected.

The scant data available on phthalates and their alternatives frustrated the scientists as they tried to make sound decisions on the safety of the chemicals, particularly for children. The report stands as a clear and urgent message that Congress needs to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act to provide real protection to the public and especially our children

Next steps

The recommendations on phthalates now go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission for action, which must consider the proposal within the next six months. Industry will no doubt continue to fight these health protective measures in favour of their bottom line. Advocates will be there, in fewer numbers but with stronger scientific grounding, to ensure the CPSC stays focused on their mission to protect children and the broader public from toxic chemicals.
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4.8.14

DJ REHAB


For DJ's all over the world.

Golf Refugees 'DJ rehab' t-shirt. 100% pure. Available from all good drug-stores.
#golfrefugees #djrehab

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