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We wrote a letter to Ursula von der Leyen

Within days you will sign off the Commission Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability as part of the commitments set out in the Green Deal. On behalf of ChemSec, an environmental NGO promoting safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals, I would like to stress some important issues to make sure the Strategy will deliver on its aim to better protect citizens and the environment against hazardous chemicals.

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Hazardous chemicals are ticking time bombs – investors need to realise this

Many of the world’s foremost chemical researchers are convinced that the presence of hazardous chemicals in the world is a global threat comparable to climate change. So, who are the companies that are producing these substances? In ChemSec’s latest endeavour – ChemScore – we dive deep into the world’s 35 largest chemical companies to see what kind of chemicals they produce. The results paint a very interesting picture of an industry in change.

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Time has come for the new EU Commission to take some uncomfortable decisions

To me, it’s obvious that policy makers need to step up their game. The transition to safer chemicals cannot solely be driven by consumers trying to make sense of content declarations on the back of shampoo bottles. Besides, the positive environmental impact of an informed purchase is absolutely dwarfed by an industry wide law.

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MacGyver wouldn’t approve of the so-called innovation principle

Innovation was on everyones’ lips last week following a vote in the EU parliament that ushered in the so-called Innovation Principle for the first time in an official EU text. At a glance – the Innovation Principle looks great. I mean, who doesn’t like innovation? It’s only when you look a bit closer at it that the cracks start to appear.

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Not knowing which hazardous chemicals are in our products is crazy – the new waste database is not

I’d like to argue that a database that can help us understand some of the toxic chemicals we surround ourselves with is pretty solid idea. And imagine the possibilities: What if it wasn’t limited to Candidate List substances, but could also include SIN List chemicals, or better yet, full material declarations? This would seriously incentivize the use of recycled materials as well as increase the value of the industry.