Trending Topics: Europeans & US States Taking Action - Week of June 9

Trending Topics: Europeans & US States Taking Action - Week of June 9 image

Learn from Europe and US states on safer chemicals:


France urges quick action on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) image

Europeans continue to expect government leadership on toxic chemicals. France has told the EU:  It’s time to act. There is ample scientific evidence that endocrine disrupting chemicals are harming human health. Disagreements and delays on defining EDCs prompted Sweden to file suit against the European Commission in hopes of spurring action. France says a definition should be based on chemicals’ intrinsic hazards rather than dose.

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Adidas 99% PFC-free by 2017 image

On the path to halogen-free products … Sportswear manufacturer Adidas announced that its products will be 90% perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemical (PFC) free by June 15, 2014, 99% PFC-free by 2017 and 100% PFC-free by 2020 – and free of all long-chain PFCs by January 1, 2015. PFCs are used to make clothing and shoes resist dirt and water but these environmentally persistent compounds are known to have adverse health impacts, including on immune, reproductive, and hormonal systems.

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Illinois bans plastic microbeads in personal care products image

Who thought it was a good idea to put small, plastic beads that last forever in products that go down the drain? Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the nation’s first bill banning the manufacture and sale synthetic plastic microbeads in personal care products and non-prescription drugs. Several other states are considering such bills and several major manufacturers – Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal and Unilever among them – are already working on phase-outs. Small enough to slip through wastewater systems, these beads are accumulating in Lake Michigan and other water-bodies where they can absorb toxics and harm wildlife.

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