Chemicals harm brain development

New report by the non-profit organization CHEM Trust summarizes the effects of environmental chemicals on child brain development; calls for phasing out harmful chemicals as groups, not removing them one by one

Fluorene-9-bisphenol is anti-estrogenic

Scientists examine occurrence and effects of bisphenol A substitute, fluorene-9-bisphenol (BHPF); BHPF present in about half of ‘BPA-free’ bottles; BHPF is anti-estrogenic, causes smaller wombs, miscarriages, and smaller pups in mice

More government action on hazardous chemicals needed

UNEP calls for bolder government regulation of chemicals to boost development of safer compounds and phase out hazardous substances

Retailer removes unwanted chemicals from consumer products

U.S. retailer Target adopts new chemical strategy and policy, aims for full ingredient transparency; goal is to remove phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde, and nonylphenol ethoxylates from various products

Bioplastics not a solution to plastic pollution

NGOs publish position paper on bioplastics in circular economy, conclude bioplastics not able to solve problems with conventional plastics, call to reduce use of all plastics

Estrogenicity assessment of novel can coating

New scientific study describes absence of estrogenicity of tetramethyl bisphenol F, a monomer for novel can coatings; tests with can coating extracts support this finding

BizNGO conference 2016: Presentations online

BizNGO held annual meeting on December 7-8, 2016 in San Francisco; selection of presentations available online

Webinar on retailers’ safer chemicals programs

Clean Production Action hosts webinar on U.S. retailers’ efforts in reducing toxic chemicals on January 18, 2017; registration now open

Opinion: Most chemical substitutions are regrettable

Washington Post article illustrates repeated history of regrettable substitution of hazardous chemicals, calls out flaws in U.S. chemicals policy

Case studies on substitution of hazardous chemicals

ECHA publishes two new case studies on replacing per- and polyfluorinated chemicals as well as bisphenols in consumer products