Because of insisting on evaluation, Wei Wenfeng is known as net red in detection circle. A few days ago, an interview video by Wei Wenfeng made Hangzhou Hard-core Dad a hot microblog search list.
As a father, I really want to protect and educate my daughter. I want to test everything around my daughter sooner or later, just like Yu Gong moving mountains. Wei Wenfeng said in an interview with Red Star News.
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Her daughters schoolbag was found to be carcinogenic
Red Star News: How did you find the poisonous schoolbag?
Wei Wenfeng: After I resigned and went to Shanghai, I had been the owner of another company for several years in 2015. My daughter in elementary school got some new books from her school. She asked me to wrap her book cover. I was going to wrap it with calendar paper. She would wrap it with a transparent plastic used by all her classmates. This kind of schoolbag glue smells very heavy, more than a dozen pieces per bag, without the manufacturers information and harmful substances testing report.
Ive been testing for more than a decade, and then I suspected something was wrong. Then I bought several kinds of bags in the shop near the school, and spent 9,500 yuan to get them tested by the National Quality Supervision and Inspection Center of Fine Chemicals in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province. The results showed that a large number of phthalates harmful to childrens reproductive health were found in the seven plastic-wrapped book covers, two of which also contained carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Daughter touches these bags with her hands every day, inadvertently these toxic substances may enter the body.
Red Star News: What did you do after you found the poisonous book wrapper?
Wei Wenfeng: I know to choose products that are more reassuring, but I dont know how many invisible chemical hazards are harming children as young as my daughter, so I want everyone to know about it. I cant change the business, then I will change myself, I want to jump out to do something to solve this social problem, and exposed it through the radio.
After poisonous foreskin was exposed, I contacted some manufacturers to make schoolbag with polypropylene, which is the material in contact with food. Up to now, it has been found that many enterprises in the market are also using this material to make schoolbags. In fact, this is the greatest significance of the evaluation, which is to promote the progress of the industry.
Red Star News: Why did you continue to test?
Wei Wenfeng: After the program was broadcast, some parents and fans found my micro-signal. They called me Daddy Wei and supported me to continue testing. Some people also asked me if there were any problems with their latex paint, mattresses and so on. Because I do testing, and I want to help parents protect their childrens health together, so some common sense things I keep doing science popularization and testing for them.
In 2015, I quit my job and took out 1 million yuan to set up testing sites to help parents do testing.
After the exposure of poisonous foreskin, Wei Wenfeng received the attention of CCTV news.
For testing, after spending 1 million yuan, we raised another 2.3 million yuan.
Red Star News: What did you and your parents do during the test?
Wei Wenfeng: The cost of testing is very high, ranging from thousands of yuan to tens of thousands of yuan. The 1 million I invested was almost exhausted by the end of 2015, when the team faced the crisis of disbandment. Some parents are anxious when they know it. Some parents have more money. They want to pay me money. I dont think thats right. They think of the way of equity crowdsourcing. So through the platform of crowd-raising, we raised 2.03 million yuan from 112 parents all over the country. I was very touched, and sometimes I felt like I was living in a fairy tale.
There was a lab owner who did the testing. His daughter was only 3 years old at that time. He was very supportive after he knew this. He contacted me and said, We have a lot of equipment for testing. You can come here for free. I was particularly touched and went to him for several months to test, but that was not the case, so I told him that he should still give money, and finally he could test it at the best price.
After the test results come out, we will publish the test results and test fees on the public number platform. Some people say Im a liar when they see that the sample cost so little. But its hard to explain. Normal people cant understand it. The lab owner is willing to help me, but he also has his own customers. I have to keep it secret. They will take this handle to hurt me if I keep it secret.
Red Star News: How does the 2 million raised by parents dominate?
Wei Wenfeng: I spend my money generously, but when I spend the money raised by parents, I save a lot. The cost of testing is so high that it will be used up again soon. I think that the way of testing without hematopoiesis is not long-term, and I have to find ways to make money by myself. Some people suggested that the consumption of 1 yuan to see the results, I tried to say that I was blackmailed, and immediately stopped.
I also tried to raise a lot of testing fees. The first report raised more than 10,000 yuan, just to meet our 9,000 yuan testing fee. The second time we tested pencil boxes and erasers. We detected phosphorus powder and carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in pencils. But this time, the public raised less and less money, so this road is not feasible.
Will offend brand dealers, hair grey very fast
Red Star News: You said in the video that you launched a formaldehyde meter nationwide drifting campaign?
Wei Wenfeng: In June 2016, some parents of our fans asked how to detect formaldehyde in their homes. I found a high-precision formaldehyde detector, which cost 12,500 yuan. I bought one and another institution donated two. So we launched a nationwide rafting campaign of formaldehyde detector.
We rent the formaldehyde meter to parents free of charge, no agreement, no deposit, no parentscompensation, and use absolute trust to conduct a trust transfer test. But then more and more people borrowed, and we bought more and more formaldehyde meters. We rented them to parents through two channels: payment and free. No queues were needed for payment. All the revenue from the project was used to buy more formaldehyde detectors. As of January 1, this year, 60 942 rooms have been tested, of which 26 813 are over standard for formaldehyde.
Red Star News: What have you tested?
Wei Wenfeng: Some parents are concerned about the safety of the schools plastic runway. Around 2016, we helped 20 schools across the country to detect the runway. Among them, 7 schools have plastic runway containing odor. After detection and analysis, odor is carbon disulfide, a neurotoxic substance volatilized from plastic sports ground.
At that time, only seven kinds of toxic substances were stipulated in the standards formulated by our country. In 2018, the new national standard of plastic runway in primary and secondary schools was formally implemented, and 18 kinds of harmful substances were limited, including carbon disulfide.
We also tested the uniforms of 20 schools in 16 cities throughout the country. Many parents commissioned us to test furniture, boards, floors and even food. Now it has tested over 100 categories and nearly 1000 products.
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Red Star News: What are your criteria for testing?
Wei Wenfeng: Actually, many of the products we tested have passed the relevant standards when they can be listed. We will refer to higher standards, and we will also focus on some areas that are not governed by current standards. As you all know, the economy is developing, the products are changing, and the product standards should keep pace with the times. So I think as a non-governmental testing institution, we need to check the omissions and fill the gaps.
Red Star News: Did you not advertise as you claimed?
Wei Wenfeng: Some businessmen came to me and said they wanted me to help advertise. Of course, I couldnt. We should keep a distance from the businessmen. So when our store was established, we laid down three principles. First, our samples should be sent to authoritative laboratories for testing; second, we do not advertise, we do not write soft text, do not charge advertising fees, do not pull advertising subsidies, keep distance with manufacturers; third, we do not allow manufacturers to send samples for sampling, we buy samples from the market.
But we do this will offend some brands, they call me, send a lawyer letter to sue me, but also find hackers to attack me, malicious report me, malicious write bad reviews... Ive been under a lot of threats, and you dont know how much pressure Im under. So my hair grew very fast in the past two years. When I took the video in 2015, it was mostly black, and now its white on both sides. But it doesnt matter. Its worth watching my daughter grow up healthily every day. Red Star News: Since it is risky to do so, what are the reasons for your persistence? Wei Wenfeng: I think the most important reason for persistence is that I have found my mission. Come and give me some praise. It feels so good that I can live happily for the rest of my life. As a father, I really want to protect and educate my daughter. I want to be like Yu Gong moving mountains. Sooner or later, I can test everything around my daughter. I also want to set a good example for my daughter and be a useful person to society through my own practical actions. Source: Red Star News Responsible Editor: Ji Guojie_NBJ11143
But we do this will offend some brands, they call me, send a lawyer letter to sue me, but also find hackers to attack me, malicious report me, malicious write bad reviews... Ive been under a lot of threats, and you dont know how much pressure Im under. So my hair grew very fast in the past two years. When I took the video in 2015, it was mostly black, and now its white on both sides. But it doesnt matter. Its worth watching my daughter grow up healthily every day.
Red Star News: Since its risky to do so, whats the reason for your persistence?
Wei Wenfeng: I think the most important reason for persisting in doing this is that I have found my own mission. Come and give me some praise. It feels so good that I can live happily for the rest of my life.
As a father, I really want to protect and educate my daughter. I want to be like Yu Gong moving mountains. Sooner or later, I can test everything around my daughter. I also want to set a good example for my daughter and be a useful person to society through my own practical actions.