A couple of weeks ago, we brought together consumer-facing textile brands and producers of recycled materials. The goal was to initiate a constructive dialogue on the topic and to give a broader understanding of the textile industry’s needs when it comes to making circular economy a reality.
As always, the devil is lurking in the details. And the details of all plastics are the chemicals they are made of – so called polymers – whose identities have so far remained hidden.
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.
Sustainability has to go down as one of the most unclear terms of the 21st century. There’s no real agreement for what it actually means, yet it’s thrown around everywhere and slapped on every product being made these days. So, a definition is needed. But when creating this definition, we need to be very cautious. Why? Well, because it can potentially have huge implications.
Chemical Strategy Webinar: EDCs and the cocktail effect On the 26th of May, ChemSec organised a webinar. Speaking at the seminar was Dr. Leo Trasande, who did a presentation on EDCs and threshold values, and professor Christina Rudén, who…
For the last month, several important European policy makers have stated that a green and sustainable economy is the right medicine to counter the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. For this ambitious agenda to work, it is, however, important that the chemicals legislation is at its core.
A year ago, the Swedish Government decided to investigate the possibility of introducing a chemicals tax on clothing and shoes containing hazardous substances. Now, a proposal has been handed over to the Government that suggests that all clothing items and shoes become taxable, with possible tax reductions if the taxpayer can prove that products do not contain certain hazardous chemicals.
I rubbed my hands in anticipation when I sat down to read the Circular Economy Action Plan, hoping for clear and decisive measures. After reading it, I felt… unsatisfied. After that first sentence, it loses its edge. Even though the sense of urgency is there, it lacks the powerful measures that are necessary to fundamentally change the system and achieve a circular economy.
This week, EU parliamentarians are voting on a proposal from the Commission to allow lead in recycled PVC, a very commonly used industrial plastic.
Up until recently, not many had even heard about chemical recycling – now everyone is talking about it. This new buzzword has been portrayed as the solution to all our plastic recycling problems, but what does it actually mean?