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.
The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) has submitted a proposal to the European Commission to restrict medium-chained chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) in electrical and electronic equipment. The agency proposes to ban concentrations over 0,1% of MCCPs as it is concerned over possible environmental effects.
In an effort to help people without extensive knowledge of chemical substances understand the risks better, the web-based service Tackletox provide information on toxic chemical substances emitted by corporations and display it on a map.
Bisphenol A in receipts are being replaced with its equally harmful cousin bisphenol S The upcoming EU wide ban of BPA in thermal paper are driving the market towards alternatives A survey by the European Chemicals Agency finds that EU…
New report: Companies often substitute BPA for chemicals that are just as bad As bisphenol A (BPA) has come under pressure from regulators, many companies have tried to substitute it in their products. Sadly, however, it is many times replaced…
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