Pregnant women and children are the most vulnerable group since EDCs can have long-term and severe negative effects on the hormone system of even unborn babies.
On the occassion of Pesticide Action Week 2015 HEAL produced a resource pack offering practical advice to pregnant women and parents-to-be on how to reduce exposure to chemicals and pesticides in daily live for themselves and children. Available from here
Expecting a baby? Advice about chemicals and pregnancy
The Danish Environment Protection Agency (EPA) emphasises that if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you should pay extra attention to chemicals, as the child you are carrying is very sensitive to external influences. This guide explains that we are exposed to many chemicals from many different products, every day, and therefore it is a good idea to minimise this exposure as much as possible.
Visit the Danish EPA website and discover this leaflet here.
The nesting project
Campaign partner Women in Europe for a Common Future WECF has developed a website which provides you with information and tips on how to create a safer home for you and your child. This project helps you with new and important decisions such as renovating, furniture and the start of your life together with your baby.
Please visit the project website for more information.
Safe toys guide
This practical brochure by WECF outlines how to choose toxic-free toys. It provides concise information on the most hazardous substances found in toys , informs you of their potential dangers and gives concrete advice on how consumers can ´play it safe´ when buying toys for their children.
PVC-free kindergartens and nurseries
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.
Read BUND’s report on PVC-free kindergartens and nurseries in German.
You can find more information on the organisation here.
The critical windows of development
TEDX has developed a timeline called the critical windows of development. It demonstrates how low-dose exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals during development can result in altered health outcomes. TEDX argues that disruptions in the hormonal balance by EDCs at critical life stages may have long-lasting effects.
Visit the TEDX website for more information.
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