In response to widespread concern about exposure to environmental contaminants in personal care and home products, many consumers are curbing their use of products that contain phthalates, phenols and other chemicals. To help brands that have eliminated one or more of these substances from their products leverage their positive health story, researchers at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health can conduct short-term biomonitoring studies (utilizing blood or urine samples) that explore how exposure to certain potentially harmful substances changes among consumers when the environmentally sustainable product is introduced. Findings could help a manufacturer to tell its health story in an even more positive light and link its products to potential health benefits.
Project timeline: 8 weeks
Department/center involved: Environmental Health Sciences