Hormone disruptors

We’re polluted from birth. A study found 137 toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord.


Research indicates that exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals can significantly interfere with the intricate processes of how bodies work to make babies. The impact isn’t limited to adults; these chemicals can even affect babies still developing in their mothers’ wombs. What’s particularly concerning is that the effects may not show immediately; it could take years to notice any effects. That means that experiences and exposures during the early stages of life, even before birth, can have lasting effects on our reproductive health later in life. Hormone-disrupting chemicals are normal ingredients in many everyday products, like perfume or various plastics. Exactly which products are hard to know, as very few hormone disruptors are banned from use. That means there are no requirements for product manufacturers to write about these chemicals on the product label.

Reference: https://environmentaldefence.ca/report/report-pre-polluted-a-report-on-toxic-substances-in-the-umbilical-cord-blood-of-canadian-newborns/

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Let’s not put the chemical crisis off to the next generation.

We call on policy makers in the EU to take action against toxic chemicals in our nature, air, water and bodies. We ask them to:

  • Fully implement the European Union’s promises on its Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability to ensure a toxic-free Europe by 2030
  • A special focus must be to fix the outdated chemicals control law, REACH, to ensure the fast track banning of the most harmful chemicals in consumer products
  • Fully implement the European Union’s action plan to phase out PFAS, including support and facilitate the universal ban of PFAS as well as banning PFAS in sectoral legislations such as toys, cosmetics, packaging and food contact materials.
  • Aid communities affected by forever chemical pollution and ensure thorough monitoring, remediation, ground sanitation, health and other plans in response to their needs. Make polluting PFAS manufacturers and related companies accountable for these.

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