Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Chinese hair bands made from recycled used condoms

The Chinese have taken the act of recycling to a new level. They are recycling used condoms (yup, you read that right!) as cheap hair bands. Gross! From AFP:
In the latest example of potentially harmful Chinese-made products, rubber hair bands have been found in local markets and beauty salons in Dongguan and Guangzhou cities in southern Guangdong province, China Daily newspaper said.

"These cheap and colourful rubber bands and hair ties sell well ... threatening the health of local people," it said.

Despite being recycled, the hair bands could still contain bacteria and viruses, it said.

"People could be infected with AIDS, (genital) warts or other diseases if they hold the rubber bands or strings in their mouths while waving their hair into plaits or buns," the paper quoted a local dermatologist who gave only his surname, Dong, as saying.

4 comments:

Shy said...

Ewww... I am not going to buy any hair band when I'm in China.

Mr Big said...

I wonder where they get all those used condoms from.

Vivienne Quek said...

So besides toys, hair band is another "cannot buy" product from China. All these bad publicity really made people shy away from "Made in China" products.

Vivienne Quek said...

BTW, I just stumbled your post.

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