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5 Trendy American Apparel Products That Come With Cancer Warnings

americanapparelwarningThere are a whole lot of reasons to be critical of American Apparel as a company. In the interest of saving time and getting straight to the point, I’m going to go ahead and ignore most of those right now to talk about the fact that they sell a number of products that are potentially dangerous. When I say dangerous, I don’t mean like “you’ll look like you’re asking for it and get raped” kind of danger because I’m not that kind of person. When I say dangerous I mean the cancer and lead poisoning kind if dangerous, like hazardous to your health.

Here are 5 American Apparel products that coming with a warning:

1) Clear School Bag- $58

american apparel cancer backpack

Not only will this backpack tear if you put a loose pencil or a single book with a pointy corner in it, but it might give you lead poisoning. I don’t know about you, but I prefer my accessories contain zero traces of lead. The American Apparel website warns:

The following products contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. The items exceeded the limit for Lead and Phthalate within requirements in Prop 65 and cannot be sold in California retail stores or online store.” 

2) Juju Maxi Jelly Sandals- $42

american apparel cancer shoes

These jelly sandals may make you nostalgic for the ones you wore as a little kid in the 90s, but they also might give you cancer. Here’s the company’s warning about their juju sandals:

WARNING: This product may contain a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm.”

3) Clear Hat- $34

american apparel cancer hat

This cap would be a great accessory for someone who wants an extremely sweaty head and doesn’t care that they come with a warning because they’re already absorbing chemicals from those jellies:

WARNING: This product may contain a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm.”

4) Vinyl Mini Skirt- $58

american apparel cancer skirt

This skirt looks really cute on Judy Jetson. Hopefully in the future, it won’t come with a cautionary cancer warning.

WARNING: This product may contain a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm.”

5) PVC Circle Skirt- $56

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The best case scenario with this skirt is that you get a yeast infection and look like one of the women from the Blurred Lines video. The worst case scenario comes after that warning we’ve seen before:

WARNING: This product may contain a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. “

Photos: American Apparel

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  • Samantha Escobar

    WHO THE F IS WEARING THAT LAST PRODUCT HOLY SHIT.

  • Kaitlin Reilly

    Everything on this list looks like it could be from a sexy alien Halloween costume.
    Does anyone know if the material in this is the same one used in Seche Vite topcoat? I know that that the birth defects warning label is on that as well. (But only in California!)

  • Lindsey Conklin

    the jelly sandals…oh god, bad middle school memories. and this is terrifying!

  • CMJ

    Those warnings are EVERYWHERE here. Seriously, on every building….on cars, clothes, everything. I don’t even know what the law specifically states (regarding the warning) but I think it basically says that anything that might kill you should have some sort of notice on it….and that means pretty much EVERYTHING has it.

    When my Michigander mom visited it really freaked her out.

  • Tinyfaeri

    That warning was on almost every bottle of photo-developing-related chemical when I worked in a camera shop when I was a kid. Good thing I was in PA at the time, whew. Dodged a bullet on that one.

  • Robin Sparkles

    That warning label also appears on every single item sold at the Dollar Tree.

  • Futuralon Futuralon

    It’s unlikely any of these things have lead in them, the warnings are probably all about pthalates. This is a chemical that makes plastic pliable, i.e. in the vinyl. The best thing to do with new plastic items is to let them “gas off” (air out until they don’t smell anymore) before bringing them into your home. Before you say you live a life vinyl free, it’s hard for most people to completely eliminate plastic storage containers, plastic children’s toys, vinyl shower curtains and so forth without spending a lot of money. I think I can live without a plastic hat, though.

  • kmd

    EVERYTHING causes cancer in the state of California.