EDCs can be found in day-to-day personal care products such as cosmetics, soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, shaving creams, mouth washes as well as cleaning supplies. They are also found in our clothes, electronic and consumer products. Here are a few examples.
Campaign partner Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) France has published a report with the most recent information on chemical contents in babies’ and children’s textiles.
Click here to read the report
Executive summary available here
Campaign partner Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) has produced this guide on household cleaning & care products. It outlines possible health effects caused by hazardous chemicals as well as general tips on how to avoid them in our daily life.
Click here to read the guide.
Campaign partner BUND has launched the ToxFox App to make it easier for consumers to check if their cosmetics contain EDCs.
The barcode of a product is scanned by the camera on the phone and then a green or a red symbol tells whether the product is EDC-Free or not. The App can also select data along product groups and companies and the user can send an email to the respective company asking about the product.
To download the App or to use the online web tool, click here
Toxic threads: the big fashion stitch-up
Campaign partner Greenpeace International commissioned a new investigation that delves into the hazardous chemicals used in the production of high street fashion. These investigations revealed that shoppers around the world are buying contaminated clothing and unwittingly spreading water pollution when they wash their new garments.
Click here to read the full report
Campaign partner ChemSec produced this publication which identifies and shares information on best practices in the phase-out of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). POPs have adverse effects on the health of people, wildlife and ecosystems. This report provides alternatives to companies in the textiles sector so that they can stop using hazardous chemicals and in consequence better protecting our health.
Read the full report 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’.
More information available here
In April 2012 the Swedish Chemicals Agency, and two other Swedish authorities, were instructed by the Swedish government to examine the extent to which the EDC Bisphenol A (BPA) could be released from water pipes renovated with a technique called relining. The authorities were also asked to propose measures to reduce this exposure if necessary. The chemical analysis of this project is now ready and shows, as expected, that relined water pipes can contaminate tap water with BPA.