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A Toxics-Free Future


Awareness-raising and Education

Awareness Raising on E-Waste Management in Ethiopia

Pesticide Action Nexus (PAN)-Ethiopia pioneered an initial assessment of Ethiopia's E-waste situation and began a national conversation with leading Ethiopian stakeholders about the future of e-waste management. Project activities included an initial month long assessment, a national stakeholder workshop with various community and government officials, and a follow up visit to the country's only existing refurbishment center.

Disseminating information on chemicals in Macedonia

In 2010, Eco-Sense conducted a chemical assessment of 30 cosmetic and 30 household products found in local markets. The research resulted in a comprehensive list of chemicals present in these products, the risks linked to the chemicals found, and suggestions for chemical-free products that could be used by consumers as an alternative. In addition to a detailed report, colorful shopping guides with a picture of the product and a list of warning signs for consumers to use when choosing products were produced.

Heavy metals assessment of some plastic toys in Bizerte (Tunisia)

To determine whether toys sold in Tunisia contain high levels of dangerous heavy metals, Association pour la Protection de l'Environnement et Developpement Durable de Bizerte (APEDDUB) had samples of 24 toys commonly found in schools and markets in the city of Bizarte analyzed. Results showed that most toys contained heavy metals. In addition, although both non-Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) and PVC made toys contained high levels of lead and cadmium, toys made with PVC have significantly higher levels of these heavy metals and therefore are far more toxic.

Mercury: Byproduct and Source of Contamination of Large-Scale Gold and Silver Mining

Observatorio Latinoamericano de Conflictos Ambientales (OLCA) conducted a literature review and community based research in order to produce a report detailing the contamination and pollution coming from two open pit gold and silver mines in Chile. Among other results, OLCA found that both these mines use a very toxic process (cyanide) for extracting these metals, which has been found to leech mercury and cyanide into the environment. Additionally, workers at these mines were found to have symptoms consistent with mercury poisoning.

Conducting of a Seminar called “Very dangerous, obsolete pesticides: Towards the removal of endosulfan” and lobbying before the national authorities

Altervida, working with Pesticide Action Network in Latin America (RAPAL) and IPEN, organized and conducted a national seminar, held at the National Congress, which focused on policies towards highly hazardous and obsolete pesticides. Attended by various stakeholders (250 participants representing NGOs, international experts, indigenous groups, workers, and government officials), the seminar created awareness about the need to promote a policy for the progressive phase out of highly hazardous pesticides.