China recycling used condoms as cheap hair gear

Trust the Chinese to screw up the whole world…

Used condoms are being recycled into hair bands in southern China, threatening to spread sexually-transmittable diseases they were originally meant to prevent, state media reported Tuesday.

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.

A bag of ten of the recycled bands sells for just 25 fen (three cents), much cheaper than others on the market, accounting for their popularity, the paper said. A government official was quoted as saying recycling condoms was illegal.

China’s manufacturing industry has been repeatedly tarnished this year by a string of scandals involving shoddy or dangerous goods made for both domestic and foreign markets. In response, it launched a public relations blitz this summer aimed at playing up efforts to strengthen monitoring systems.

Above news courtesy: DNA


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  • mumbaikar

    oh no! We are so dependent of the chinese goods. Once a jouranlist tried to live without using anything made in china. a Family of four was hobbled within two weeks.

    I think that is a problem of globalization. To an manufacturer, the customer is annonymous. So, sheer profit is the only motivation.

    My durex are made in china. I am now begining to wonder what they are recycled from. Water bottle? Toothbrush? may be plastic bags?

  • Poonam Sharma

    I though it was only India that botched up thing! Now china too! And to think their goods flood our market! I bet half of the country is not aware of the news yet. 🙁

  • Liju Philip

    India is nowhere close to China when it comes to making fake products. China is in news for making paints with excessive lead, toxic toys, exploding tyres, exploding cellphone batteries, toxic pet food, poisonous toothpaste and a blockbuster disease every year (SARS, Bird flu). All these without counting the amount of pollution they do to the air/sea/land.

    The Chinese are quite innovative. Indians are no match for them.

  • Poonam Sharma

    @liju Philip: If that is what Chinese innovation is, I hope Indians always stay far behind. This piece of news was very scary for me.

    And yes I was outraged when I learnt about toxic chinese toys. I was alarmed to see that unlike western countries, many Indians were not aware of these facts.

    @lazybug: The point is not if they cause disease, the poiunt is it is very unhygienic.

  • lazybug

    I was referring to this:
    “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,”

  • frodo441

    …with statement’s like that (deary) you just may find out why the path is wide … and the gate is narrow …
    Keep your insolent diatribe of trite to your own polluted mind…

  • tasmaniandevil

    It is most certainly an hoax; where would you find all those used condoms? Do they have people specialized in digging into dustbins to seek for used condoms? It is such a crazy piece of news that I can’t understand how people can believe it…

  • redbucket

    @tasmaniandevil lol ^^ that’s exactly what I was thinking.

    How do they get all these recycled condoms?

    Do they have condom recycle bins in households that get collected each week?

    Or they go digging through garbage piles to find the used condoms to recycle.

    It’s not worth the effort if they are used for hairtyes that sell extrememly cheaply.

  • teliczan

    I hope this is a hoax, but we all need to think of the hazard blindly going along with globalization expecting this to be one big, happy world. We still need to be able to take care of our own.

  • meetzorp

    This has to be a hoax. AIDS virus can’t survive outside the human body for more than a few minutes, and besides, even if condoms were being recycled (which I don’t think you can recycle rubber like you can plastic) the heat involved in melting it down and re-forming it would certainly kill any bacteria or viruses which could lurk.

    Besides, you would think it would be hard to get enough used condoms to do anything with. You don’t sort out rubbers and put ’em in the recycle bin. They get thrown away in the normal trash, and nobody is going to go picking through thousands of tons of garbage in the landfill searching for old condoms.

    Good grief!

  • meetzorp

    I checked with the CDC website and they say the HIV virus can survive outside the body for a few hours under normal conditions, but certainly not long enough to be a threat in this supposed scenario.