Campaign partner Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) France has recently published a report with the most recent information on chemical contents in babies’ and children’s textiles.
The report, Textiles: Stop the chemical overdose! focuses on moving towards more coherent and transparent rules for textiles in the EU and beyond for better protection of workers, consumers and the environment.
WECF explores whether textile products containing potential or known chemicals of concern, manufactured within or outside the EU and then placed on the EU market, are adequately regulated to ensure proper consumer information and protection from exposure to hazardous compounds. It addresses the question of which hazardous chemicals are used in textiles manufacturing, are likely to remain in the final product and what the potential impact might be, with a particular focus on clothing for infants, children and expectant mothers.
Inevitably, our clothing is in close and continuous contact with our skin and people have justifiable concerns about what might be found within these most intimate of products, especially where infants, young children and pregnant mothers are concerned.
- Full report is available here
- Executive summary available here (English/French)
- Press release – English
- More information available here
Concerned parents reached out successfully to Dutch politicians on the use of hazardous substances in toys.
A collection of green parent initiatives, supported by WECF, calling themselves Mama Green (www.mamagreen.nu) presented toxic free gifts to raise awareness of the fact that consumer products and food – intended for child consumption – still too often contain too high doses of hazardous substances or EDCs. Promises were made that questions would be asked in Parliament during ‘Question Time’.
WECF would like to thank the politicians who accepted the invitation: Joel Voordewind, Carla Dik-Faber, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Pieter Heerma, Pieter Omtzigt, Liesbeth van Tongeren, Marianne Thieme, Marit Maij, Loes Ypma and Lutz Jacobi.
More information available here
Post provided by WECF
”Unacceptable levels” by Ed Brown, (USA) became the winner of the first-ever film prize on health and environment at the 30th International Environmental Film Festival (FIFE) in Paris on 26 February 2013.
The prize was established by a partnership between FIFE, the festival organisers and the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL).
The film addresses the theme of the chemicals that are invading our environment and puts practical questions to the audience about these substances and where they are found. The director tries to offer the audience answers by questioning scientists and representatives of NGOs which leads to the conclusion that governments are not necessarily doing all they should to protect the public. Ultimately, the film encourages everyone to look more deeply into these questions for ourselves.
View the trailer here
The award of a trophy and cheque for 5,000 Euros was given to Ed Brown by Sylvie Gilman, one of the judges in this new “Health and Environment Film Prize”.
HEAL press release in EN here
WECF press release in FR here
Post from Campaign secretariat HEAL
After more than one year of parliamentary debates in the French Senate and Parliament, France adopted a law yesterday which bans BPA use in food containers for 0-3 years old in 2013 and for all other food contact uses as from January 1st 2015, with a warning labelling in the meantime.
Exercise mats, floor coverings, toys, boots, gymnastic balls… in kindergarten are often made out of soft PVC. It is pretty practical, but also quite unhealthy because they often contain harmful chemicals that can be especially hazardous for children.
BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany) organised a nationwide survey in which they analyzed more than 200 German kindergartens. The following report focuses on how to avoid EDCs in kindergartens. It also provides tips for daycare centers and nursery in order to create a healthy environment.