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Recommendations for non-toxic environment

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) calls on EU Commission to release strategy for non-toxic environment, recommends 12 priority actions

Hazardous chemicals in black plastic food containers

New study detects bromine and heavy metals in black plastic food contact items; recycling of black plastic electronic waste into sensitive consumer goods discussed as source of hazardous chemicals

Flame retardants in plastic waste

Study commissioned by Norwegian Environment Agency analyzes brominated flame retardants in post-consumer plastics intended for recycling, finds low levels of commercial decaBDE, HBCD, BDE-209, TBBPA, DBDPE

EDCs in everyday products

Article by New York Times illustrates how difficult it is for consumers to avoid exposure to endocrine disruptors

Obesity increased tenfold in children and teens

New WHO study finds worldwide rise in childhood and teen obesity between 1975 and 2016; NGO discusses metabolic disruptors as contributing factor to obesity epidemic

Plastics additives in marine environment

Scientists review occurrence and effects of plastics additives in marine environment; focus on brominated flame retardants, nonylphenols, bisphenol A, antioxidants

Detecting WEEE contamination in recycled FCM plastics

Scientists propose procedure for detection of contaminants from waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) in FCMs made of recycled plastics; call for regular screening to be performed by authorities to ensure compliance

Webcasts: Six classes of hazardous chemicals

Green Science Policy Institute holds 3 webcasts about six classes of chemicals of concern in everyday products on June 22, June 29, July 6, 2017; registration now open

Toxic chemicals in articles made from recycled plastics

Article in The Guardian discusses contamination of children’s toys made from recycled materials with hazardous flame retardants; environmental organizations call for government action

Chemicals of concern in the circular economy

Scientists find one-fifth of brominated flame retardants’ content in recycling streams is transferred to new products; discuss trade-offs between consumer safety and resource efficiency; European officials maintain toxics can be managed within the circular economy

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