Post # 1
So I had never heard of e6000 until I came on weddingbee, and I decided to get some for one of my projects (adding bling to the Bridesmaid or Best Man hair accessories) So I went to michaels and picked up a pack, but in bold letters on the back its says THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS CHEMICALS KNOWN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO CAUSE CANCER (or somthing along those lines) At which point I just put the pack down and decided to attempt the project with my glue gun. Now my question is, how come so many bees use this glue and recommend it to others? Is it because we arent aware that its potentially harmful?
Post # 3
Everything is “known in the state of California to cause cancer”.
Do you eat or drink anything with artificial sweeteners in it? I don’t use artificial sugars, but they used to, perhaps they still do, have a warning on the sweetener packets “known in the state of California to cause cancer”.
I use all natural and/or plant-based cleaners, shampoos, etc. But I do use E-6000 glue.
Why? Because it works awesomely and I use it so infrequently it really doesn’t matter. Versus the other things I avoid nasty chemicals on are things I use and surround myself with on a daily basis.
Unless you plan on shutting yourself in an unventilated room and sniffing glue for hours on end, day after day, I wouldn’t really worry about it.
Post # 4
@bells: I wouldn’t worry about it, just use according to the directions in a well-ventilated space.
Post # 5
I had never heard of it until this post!
Post # 6
I noticed that too a couple months ago I was looking for epoxy glue (never used the stuff) so of course I couldn’t figure out what glue in Michael’s to get because none said “epoxy” lol. I was totally scared from that warning!
Post # 7
@abbyful: No i do not eat anything with artificial sugars or buy anything that bears a clear warning of possibly causing cancer. And from my research on this glue you dont have to “sniff it for hours on end day after day” for it to cause harm.
Thanks for all the responses though please keep them coming!
Post # 8
@ bells – The point is that your exposure to the glue for a few minutes, the “harm” is virtually none relative to your day to day life. You are exposed to more toxins on a far more consistent basis; even in the air your breathe.
It’s like worrying about dying from a pandemic killer outbreak of avian flu, yet not wearing your seatbelt in the car.
Gluing a few things together will not give you cancer. If you use it every day for long periods of time, such as if it was your job to use it, then you may have cause for concern.
Here’s the MSDS: http://www.tapplastics.com/uploads/pdf/MSDS%20E-6000.pdf
A CNN blog post on the subject of “causes cancer in California”: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2008/10/28/cancer-warning-labels-on-products-a-cause-for-concern/
Excerpt from above: “These requirements are pretty strict. For example, for a cancer-causing chemical, according to the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, “a person exposed to the chemical at the ‘no significant risk level’ for 70 years would not have more than a ‘one in 100,000’ chance of developing cancer as a result of that exposure.” So, if there would be more than one excess case of cancer out of 100,000 people over a period of 70 years because of exposure to that amount of the substance, slap on that label.”
Even “grilled food” they say causes cancer now days. They say the char marks on the food are the culprit.
(Heck, even plain water can kill you when drank in excessive quantities.)
Post # 9
@abbyful: agreed – California law is a whole ‘nother beast and I wouldn’t worry about it. we’ve had that stuff around the house for like 20 years.
Post # 10
If all craft glue had that warning I would just shrug and use it, but since there are other alternatives that dont contain industrial strength chemicals I think I’ll stick to those.