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Give your input on triclosan in cosmetic products
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on triclosan in cosmetic products. Triclosan is currently under evaluation in the context of both REACH and the Biocides Directive. The Commission invites any interested parties, including authorities of the Member States, manufacturers of cosmetic products, producers of those substances, relevant industry and consumers associations, to submit their comments on the considered measure and on its possible economic impact. The deadline for input is 19 October 2012.
Go to: ec.europa.eu
Policy Workshop: Chronic Diseases and Endocrine Disruptors (EDCs)
The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) organises a workshop on chronic diseases and endocrine disruptors (EDCs) on 14 September. The policy workshop aims to highlight the growing body of science and tools on the links between EDCs and chronic diseases, and the important role that groups working on these diseases can play in this critical dossier for human health.
Go to: env-health.org or to the programm
Increased risk of asthma for children exposed to household chemicals
A new study conducted by researchers at Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) has found that children exposed to diethylphthalate (DEP) and butylbenzylphthalate (BBzP) have an increased risk of developing asthma-related airway inflammation. DEP and BBzP are widely used in personal care and plastic products.
Go to: european-lung-foundation.org
Proposal for a Swedish ban on bisphenol A in receipts
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) presented on 29 June a proposal to the Swedish Government for a national ban on bisphenol A in thermal paper used, for example, in cash receipts and tickets. The report is the result of a government assignment and one step in the work for a toxic-free everyday environment.
Go to: www.kemi.se
Johnson & Johnson plan to reformulate its products to phase out dangerous chemicals like triclosan and formaldehyde-releasers
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) made a commitment to globally reformulate its baby products – including the No More Tears Baby Shampoo – and to remove carcinogens 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde by the end of 2013. By 2015 J&J will phase out not only 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde, but also triclosan, phthalates and parabens, as well as certain fragrance ingredients that are not disclosed on product labels.
Go to: pharmalot.com or to the ingriedient policies of J&J: safetyandcarecommitment.com
Four phthalates banned in Denmark
After banning Bisphenol A in children’s food containers and two parabens in children cosmetics, Denmark proves once again a frontrunner among EU Member States in the phase out and substitution of endocrine disrupters. Four phthalates will no longer be allowed in shower curtains, table cloths and other consumer goods on the Danish market. As from this fall a ban on DEHP, DBP, DIBP and BBP will be implemented and new products will therefore no longer contain the endocrine disrupting chemicals.
Go to: www.wecf.eu
New rules on e-waste to boost resource efficiency
Improved rules on the collection and treatment of e-waste enter into force, August 13. E-waste (i.e. waste electrical and electronic equipment, or WEEE) is one the fastest growing waste streams, and it offers substantial opportunities in terms of making secondary raw materials available on the market. Systematic collection and proper treatment is a precondition for recycling materials like gold, silver, copper and rare metals in used TVs, laptops and mobile phones. The new Directive is a clear step forward in terms of environmental protection and a major boost to resource efficiency in Europe.
Go to: europa.eu
Assessment of Alternatives to Perchloroethylene for the Dry Cleaning Industry
The Toxic Use Reduction Institute (TURI) conducted an alternative assessment of seven common alternatives to perc to help dry cleaners find technically viable and environmentally preferred methods for cleaning clothes. The alternatives evaluated include: Professional Wet Cleaning, Liquid Carbon Dioxide, High Flash Hydrocarbons, Acetal, Propylene Glycol Ethers, Cyclic Volatile Methyl Siloxane, and N-Propyl Bromide (nPB). The results are compiled in detail in this 54-page methods and policy report. TURI also published a four-page fact sheet that summarizes the information.
Go to: TURI
EPA Identifies Substitutes for Toxic Flame Retardant Chemical
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a draft report on alternatives for a toxic flame retardant chemical known as decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE). This comprehensive assessment, developed with public participation under EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program, profiles the environmental and human health hazards on 30 alternatives to decaBDE. The alternatives to decaBDE characterized in the report are already on the market and will be used increasingly as decaBDE is phased out.
Go to: yosemite.epa.gov or to epa.gov/dfe/
Enhancing qualities of starch-based bioplastic
New research has produced a starch-based bioplastic with similar properties to equivalent traditional oil-based plastics. By adding an ammonium salt to thermoplastic starch (TPS) the study demonstrated an improvement in the plasticisation process, rendering it flexible, mouldable and potentially recyclable.
Go to: ec.europa.eu