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HCWH Europe Report on alternatives to phthalates and BPA in medical devices

HCWH reportCampaign partner Health Care Without Harm Europe (HCWH) has launched a new report on “Non-toxic Healthcare: Alternatives to Phthalates and BPA in Medical Devices”.

This report provides evidence of the potential hazards that EDCs post to human health and the environment. It also presents an analysis of safer alternatives available  on the market and calls for a phase out of phthalates and BPA in medical devices.

The report is available here
Press release available here

Post provided by campaign partner HCWH Europe

28 April: International Workers’ Memorial Day

On 28 April 2015, European trade unions will remember the 100,000 people who die from occupational cancers every year. According to a Euractiv article, the unions accuse the EU Commission of not protecting workers from chemicals which cause cancers, due to suspended work on the necessary legislation.

You can read the full article here from Euractiv European Commission’s ‘Better Regulation’ has killed 100,000, say unions’

To mark International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April, the ETUC will meet with European Parliament President Martin Schulz and EU Commissioner for Employment Marianne Thyssen in Strasbourg.

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.

Post provided by Ecologistas en Acción

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). 

Post provided by campaign partner WECF

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.

Post provided by EDC-Free Secretariat HEAL and campaign partner Générations Futures

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.

Post provided by EDC-Free campaign partner WECF Germany

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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