The search for a “greener” way to prevent corrosion on the kind of aluminum used in jetliners, cars and other products has led scientists to an unlikely source: the juice of the date palm. The influence of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) (PDL) fruit juice on 7075 type aluminum (AA7075) alloy in 3.5% NaCl solution was investigated by Tafel extrapolarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. It was found that PDL fruit juice acted as a slightly cathodic inhibitor, and inhibition efficiencies increased with the increase of PDL fruit juice concentration.
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Date palm juice: A potential new “green” anti-corrosion agent for aerospace industry
Publications & Tools | 05.10.2012
Nestlé intends to produce Bisphenol A-free cans
Publications & Tools | 25.09.2012
The leading food company Nestlé made a statement to globally phase out cans with coatings containing Bisphenol A. The statement was made following a request of EcoAid end of August 2012. EcoAid is an independent consultancy advising and lending support to businesses and organisations whose aim is to conduct their business in a responsible and sustainable way – economically, ecologically and socially.
Go to: www.lebensmittelzeitung.net/(information in German)
The 13th European Forum on Eco-innovation
Events & Training | 25.09.2012
The 13th Forum on Eco-innovation will will take place on 26th and 27th November 2012 in Lisbon, Portugal. The Forum will highlight the main challenges and opportunities in research, development and innovation when entering the global market, and aims to promote and support the international collaboration in eco-innovation. It will look specifically at local, regional and global water challenges, and the need for partnerships, demonstrate technologies, methodologies and strategies for better water management in new markets and examine mobilisation of the necessary finance, investment and public-private partnerships.
European Commission organises the Forum on Eco-Innovation where three European networks are co-operating for meaningful discussions: Eco-Innovera – boosting eco-innovation through co-operation in research and dissemination; Ecopol – public innovation partnership for better policies and instruments in support of eco-innovation; and Environmental-NCP-Together – promoting partnerships and co-operating to improve their effectiveness.
Go to: ec.europa.eu/environment
SUBSPORT at the third session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM3) in Nairobi
SUBSPORT Project News | 21.09.2012
The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world. SAICM held the third session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management from 17 to 21 September 2012 at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON, Kenya). The Conference evaluated and addressed emerging policy issues, considered new activities for addition to the Global Plan of Action, evaluated the financing of its Strategic Approach and took strategic decisions for the future.
SUBSPORT was presented as part of the exhibition and in a side event to the conference.
Go to: www.saicm.org
Give your input on triclosan in cosmetic products
Legislation | 13.09.2012
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)
Events & Training | 12.09.2012
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.
Increased risk of asthma for children exposed to household chemicals
Publications & Tools | 11.09.2012
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
Legislation | 29.08.2012
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
Publications & Tools | 28.08.2012
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.
Four phthalates banned in Denmark
Legislation | 27.08.2012
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