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Ecologistas en Acción blog: ‘Free of hormonal pollutants’

EDC-Free campaign partner Ecologistas en Acción has just launched a new blog on EDCs ‘Free of hormonal pollutants’ (in Spanish)Imprimir

The blog aims to:

  • Inform on the health and environmental risks related to  exposure to EDC;
  • Provide recommendations to reduce the exposure and;
  • Report on the advances in the regulation of these toxic chemicals.

The blog offers a space to share studies, materials and news for other NGOs, researchers or any professional that shares the commitment to reduce our exposure to EDCs.

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WECF’s LIFE ChildProtect Program & Dutch Green Platform BabyBeGood present the Sustainable Nursery

“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.

More information available here

New petition ‘I don’t want hormone disrupting chemicals for my baby’

A thousand parents and grandparents have signed the Negenmaandenbeurs Petition to the Dutch Health Minister Edith Schippers .

A healthy start for all children free from EDCs and other harmful substances, it’s every parents wish! And it is now possible.

Please sign the petition online (in Dutch). 

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Générations Futures – Nineteen endocrine disrupting pesticides found in samples of women’s hair

couv_pe_exppert4EDC-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, including 19 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.

The report is available here in French.

The EDC-Free Secretariat HEAL translated the press release into English available here. The original French version is available here. 

More information available on the website of Générations Futures here.

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WECF Film – How to protect pregnant women and children from EDCs

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.

The film is available in English, Dutch and German via the WECF website and the Nesting Project website.

Copyright is with WECF and our art director Gili Feigenbaum.

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Estimated Costs of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical Exposure Exceed €150 Billion Annually in EU

A series of peer-reviewed studies published last night finds that human exposure to EDCs contribute to a number of diseases and disabilities with costs in the hundreds of billions of Euros per year.

“Estimating Burden and Disease Costs of Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in The European Union” is published online in the peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

The scientists say that the likely costs in the EU total €157 billion ($209 billion) a year in health care expenses and lost earning potential. (See Endocrine Society Press release 5 March 2015)

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.

More information:

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New information brochure: Protect your baby, limit endocrine disruptors

pousette (3)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.

The new brochure ‘Protect your baby, limit endocrine disruptors – Information Brochure in pregnancy’ explains to (future) parents why it is better to avoid EDCs during pregnancy and gives parents some easily applicable tips. The brochure is also distributed by Child and Family Centres (Kind en Gezin) and the midwives expertise and maternity care centers.

More information available on Gezinsbond website here

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Breast Cancer UK – Pregnancy guide on avoiding hazardous chemicals

BCUK leafletEDC-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.

To find out more visit the website here

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