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A Toxics-Free Future



A Guide for Public Interest Organizations and Policy-Makers

by Andrea C. Gore, PhD, David Crews, PhD, Loretta L. Doan, PhD, Michele La Merrill, PhD, MPH, Heather Patisaul, PhD, and Ami Zota, ScD, MS

A Framework for Action to Protect Human Health and the Environment from Toxic Chemicals

By Jack Weinberg
Senior Policy Advisor, IPEN

Original Booklet Released: June 9, 2008

Updated Version Released: December, 2014

This comprehensive report highlights some of IPEN's accomplishments from 2011 - 2013 and its contributions to building an international toxics-free movement. It also outlines IPEN's major areas of work, lists some important publications from the three-year period, and gives specific examples of some of IPEN's impacts around the world. 

April 2014

This booklet provides information about the toxic environmental pollutant mercury and its harm to human health and the environment, as well as the recently adopted Minamata Convention on Mercury. 

It encourages and enables global civil society organizations to engage in local, national and international activities aimed at controlling mercury pollution.

To learn about IPEN, please read our brochure, below.

This informational brochure was developed to (i) provide an overview of nanotechnology development in the Asia-Pacific Region; (ii) introduce the social, environmental, and health implications of nanotechnology for workers and consumers in this region; and (iii) to stimulate and strengthen stakeholders’ participation in the global and national discussions on the actions to be implemented by governments, industry, and civil society to lay out a precautionary environment for the safe develo

This study from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and IPEN finds that the majority of paints tested in nine, geographically diverse, developing and transition countries would not met regulatory standards established in most highly industrialized countries and, in some cases, contain astonishingly high and dangerous levels of lead. Data from seven Asian countries reveals similar results, but also show that paint companies with the largest market share in those countries have largely shifted to unleaded products in recent years.

Since 2007, NGOs associated with the IPEN network have collected and analyzed decorative paints for sale on the market in 30 developing countries and countries with economies in transition. In every one of these countries, if there was no national law or regulation in force to control the lead content of paints, the majority of the enamel decorative paints for sale on the market contained lead levels above 600 parts per million (ppm). Many of the paints contained more than 10,000 ppm lead and would be prohibited for sale or use in virtually all highly industrial countries.