IPEN Participating organization, Toxics Link has released a new report titled, Endocrine Disruptor: Review of Indian Research.
The report is intended to collect information on some of the Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) that are used in the making of consumer products, as well as their impacts on human and environmental health, based on the research studies carried out in Indian context and general information from other international sources. The report is intended to spread awareness among consumers and encourage researchers to seek new information and make it available in the public domain. For policymakers, this report will help to take appropriate actions to create or modify regulations on the sound management of these EDCs in order to protect public and environmental health.
In Cameroon, plastic bottles, plastic bags, old rubber tyres, end of lives energy saving bulbs, and glass thermometers are frequently and carelessly dumped either on unused land or in water ways, with the risk of transportation to other waterbodies such as lakes or rivers. To eliminate this visual pollution, people living near these spontaneous dumping sites often turn to open burning of waste, with consequences for both ecosystems and human health.
IPEN and affiliates have sent a letter to the SAICM Secretariat expressing concern with the joint International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) – UNEP study entitled “Knowledge management and information sharing for the sound management of chemicals.” The study was sent to SAICM stakeholders for comments to “inform the study.” The IPEN comments cover three areas: 1) important issues that are not part of the study; 2) issues that should be included in the study; and 3) concerns over UNEP’s private sector engagement.
Toxics Link has released a new report about microplastics in cosmetics. The report explains what microplastics are, how they end up in the environment, what their various impacts are (environmental, health, socio-economic, etc.), and alternatives to their use.
Your facewash might be cleaning your face but polluting the environment!