The French Ministries of Ecology and Labour have announced a ban on the use of perchloroethylene in dry cleaning laundry facilities.The use of the substance will not be permitted in new facilities. This ban will become effective immediately. Meanwhile, a total ban will be implemented in stages for different facilities, with a total ban effective from 1 January 2022.
The News section as well as the Newsletter will be provided in English. The News articles can be sorted by four categories: SUBSPORT Project News, Events & Training, Legislation and Publications & Tools. A click on a category name in red directly below the title of an article generates a compilation of articles in this category. Publications that are available as pdf documents can be downloaded from the SUBSPORT archive. To ensure that the document is up to date, please use the links to the original websites.
France takes action on perchloroethylene cleaning chemicals
Legislation | 26.04.2012
SUBSPORT celebrates LIFE’s 20th anniversary
SUBSPORT Project News | 16.04.2012
The LIFE programme celebrates its 20th anniversary throughout May 2012. To mark this important milestone in the history of the EU’s financial instrument for the environment, the LIFE units warmly invited all LIFE projects to contribute.
SUBSPORT adds four events to the LIFE at 20 calendar at www.life20.eu:
- 19 April, Alternatives Identification & Assessment Training, Denmark
- 23 April, Alternatives Identification & Assessment Training, Romania
- 24 May, SUBSPORT Launch at Helsinki Chemicals Forum, Finland
- 1 June, Alternatives Identification & Assessment Training, Sweden
Official Launch of SUBSPORT – 24 May 2012
SUBSPORT Project News | 28.03.2012
SAVE THE DATE: In two months time, on 24 May, the SUBSPORT portal will be officially launched, and an important part of the portal, the case story database, will be made public online. The case story database is an interactive tool to search for practical real-case substitution examples provided by companies and other stakeholders as well as examples and information on substitution options found in literature.
The official launch of SUBSPORT will be held as a free of charge side event at the Helsinki
Chemicals Forum (www.helsinkicf.eu).
When: 24 May 17.00-18.00
Where: Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finland
Share your substitution experience
Take the opportunity to contribute to the SUBSPORT case story database under construction by sharing your experience in substituting hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives.
Contact us at email@example.com or use the entry form.
Study on the potential for reducing mercury pollution from dental amalgam and batteries
Publications & Tools | 28.03.2012
The European Commission (Dg Environment) commissioned a study about the potential for reducing mercury pollution from dental amalgam and from batteries. This report presents the findings of the study carried out by the BIO Intelligence Service and consists of two parts:
Part A an assessment of policy options to reduce environmental impacts from dental amalgam use
Part B an assessment of policy options to reduce environmental impacts from mercury-containing batteries, with particular focus on button cell batteries.
Go to the report: ec.europa.eu
Nestlé removes artificial ingredients from entire confectionery range
Publications & Tools | 26.03.2012
Nestlé, has removed artificial colours, flavours and preservatives from its entire confectionery range. The company, which was responding to consumer demand, says it is the first big UK confectioner to remove all artificial products. Concentrates of fruit, vegetables and edible plants such as carrot, hibiscus, radish, safflower and lemon are among ingredients used to provide colour.
Go to: guardian.co.uk
Dirty Laundry: Reloaded
Publications & Tools | 22.03.2012
New research commissioned by Greenpeace International shows that residues of the hazardous chemicals nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) – used in textile manufacturing – remain in many clothing items sold by major international clothing brands and, when washed, a significant percentage of the chemicals in these clothes is released and subsequently discharged into rivers, lakes and seas, where they turn into the even more toxic and hormone disrupting chemical nonylphenol (NPs).
Paris Council vows for a ban on perchloroethylene in dry cleaners
Legislation | 22.03.2012
The Paris council vows unanimously to replace the use of perchloroethylene in dry cleaners with alternative technologies. Percloroethylene is used as solvent in 90% of dry cleaners and is suspected of causing cancer, known to be toxic to aquatic organisms, and neurotoxic. With this vow Paris plays a leading role as whistleblower and precursor, as it did also for bisphenol in baby bottles.
Go to: (French) Europe Écologie les Verts (EELVA)
Pesticide mon amour
Events & Training | 20.03.2012
The film “Pesticide mon amour” will be shown as part of the 7th Pesticides Action WEEK on 22 March at Mundo-B , Brussels at 6.30 pm. The film produced by Erik Fretel shows the extensive use and the impact of pesticides. After the film there will be an open discussion on organic gardening. The event has been organized by PAN Europe and the Foundation Baudouin.
The film is in French.
Low-Cost Jewelry Still Ranks High for Toxic Chemicals
Publications & Tools | 19.03.2012
Researchers tested low-cost children’s and adult jewelry for chemicals – including lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury, bromine and chlorine (PVC) – which have been linked to acute allergies and to long-term health impacts such as birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer. Over half (59%) of the products tested had a “high” level of concern due to the presence of one or more hazardous chemicals detected at high levels.
Go to: www.healthystuff.org
Britax and Orbit Baby Commit to Phase Out Hazardous Flame Retardants & PVC from Children’s Car Seats
Publications & Tools | 19.03.2012
Britax and Orbit Baby are phasing out brominated and chlorinated flame retardants, which are added to plastics for fire resistance, and have been associated with thyroid problems, learning and memory impairment, decreased fertility, and behavioral changes. Although fire retardants in foam are necessary to meet certain fire-safety standards, non-halogenated fire retardants are available, and many have a better safety profile.
Both companies are also phasing out chlorine, associated with the use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is widely used in plastics and is of concern to the environment and public health during all phases of its life cycle. PVC contains chemicals called phthalates, which have been associated with decreased fertility, pre-term deliveries, and damage to the liver, testes, thyroid, ovaries, kidneys, and blood.
Go to: www.healthystuff.org