“A nursery that is not only beautiful, but where you can put your child to bed with peace of mind.”
EDC-Free campaign partner Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) via its ChildProtect Program joined forces to create a unique concept: a sustainable nursery, completely free from harmful substances.
EDC-Free campaign partner Générations Futures has launched the fourth part of a biomonitoring study series on EDCs, the EXPPERT survey 4, focusing on the exposure of women of childbearing age who are living in urban areas in the region Ile de France (greater Paris area).
According to the survey results, an average of 21 EDCs were found per woman, including19 pesticide EDCs. The number of EDCs found ranged from 32 to 12 per hair sample. In terms of weight, the lowest average amount of EDC residues per sample was 109.39 picogramme/milligram (5). The maximum amount per sample was 387.27 pg/mg (in comparison to 24.14 pg/mg for the lowest one). In other words, there was a 1:16 ratio between the less contaminated and most contaminated.
EDC-Free campaign partner Women in Europe for a Common Future Germany (WECF) has launched a new film as part of its Nesting Project on How to protect pregnant women and children from EDCs.
What is the film about?
During pregnancy, women know it is important to avoid alcohol, nicotine and certain foods. However, what is less well known is that many everyday products contain pollutants that can also be harmful to your baby. This film raises awareness on the health impacts of hazardous substances, especially EDCs, during pregnancy and gives practical advice on how to avoid exposure to these chemicals.
Leading experts in this field concluded that infertility and male reproductive dysfunctions, birth defects, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurobehavioral and learning disorders were among the conditions that can be partly attributed to people’s exposure to EDCs.
A new information brochure in Dutch by EDC-Free campaign supporter Gezinsbond higlights the need to protect your baby and limit your exposure to EDCs.
Unborn children are especially sensitive to EDCs. So it is better, if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, to minimise the exposure to these chemicals. This complex issue requires more explanation.
EDC-Free campaign partner Breast Cancer UK have launched pregnancy guide which aims to inform and help pregnant women reduce their exposure to harmful chemicals.
There is growing scientific concern that early life exposures to certain harmful chemicals in the environment and everyday products may lead to illnesses, including breast cancer, later in life. This is because developing tissues are particularly sensitive to the action of hormones and hormone disrupting chemicals which interfere with or mimic natural hormones.
Whilst it is difficult to avoid all harmful chemicals, there are some simple things we can do to help reduce exposures and in turn help give to give our children the best start in life.
Reducing unnecessary exposures to harmful chemicals need not be expensive or stressful – some easy changes can help to make a big difference.