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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.

Go to: env-health.org or to the  programm

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.

Go to: pharmalot.com or to the ingriedient policies of J&J: safetyandcarecommitment.com

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

New rules on e-waste to boost resource efficiency

Legislation | 16.08.2012

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

Publications & Tools | 13.08.2012

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

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