Sweden announces the high ambition alliance on chemicals and waste Chemicals play an important role in the manufacturing processes of a great number of consumer products, and the production and use of chemicals are increasing year by year. Global supply…
Seven years after Greenpeace launched its Detox campaign comes a report showing how 80 fashion companies that committed to cut hazardous chemicals from their clothing production by 2020 have all achieved significant progress.
Ministers and vice ministers from eight different countries came together and wrote a joint statement, insisting on a global political commitment to tackle the problem of toxic chemicals in the world. The eight Ministers say they will press for discussions regarding a global agreement.
A year ago, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation started an internet campaign called Surfejs aiming to remove perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) from cosmetics. More than 1,500 consumers sent e-mails to eight of the biggest cosmetics producers in the world, encouraging them to remove PFCs from their products. Until recently, five of these companies had announced that they would begin phasing out these toxic chemicals as soon as possible. Now, another company has announced that they will do the same thing.
Two years ago, a draft version of a report reviewing different initiatives for identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) was published. But, after receiving huge amounts of criticism from industry it fell into oblivion. Or so it seemed anyway. Now the final report has been launched.
Dear Björn, I hope that you have settled in well in Helsinki and that you are beginning to find your feet at ECHA. In your new position I expect that you will focus on making the agency’s work more efficient. I also hope that you will guide the agency towards a greater focus on human health and the environment.
What is the one key thing that is needed for circular economy to work? That the Ikea’s, Apple’s and H&M’s of the world see a value in recycled materials and re-use it in new products on a large scale.
There have been several scandals involving large companies’ use of hazardous substances in their products. And these are always very costly affairs. Especially in terms of environmental damage, but also in terms of economy and brand reputation. The latest in the row comes from New York, where the state has sued 3M and five other companies for causing “extensive contamination” to the nearby environment.
Fertility rates have collapsed as a result of environmental pollution and sexually transmitted diseases, and a totalitarian government has forced the few remaining fertile women into child-bearing servitude to ensure the procreation of mankind. This dystopian future is the setting for the popular TV series The Handmaid’s Tale. Even though it is a fictional story, the plot might actually not be so far-fetched as it first appears.
The REACH review came out already a couple of months ago, so naturally it’s old news by now, right?
Wrong – the review forms the basis for the discussions at an almost endless number of different policy meetings for a good chunk of the year. It will pave the way for new investigations, mappings, roadmaps and what have you.