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Hazardous chemicals in consumer products are posing an avoidable health risks to consumers, and to workers who are exposed to them within the supply chain, including waste handling. Chemicals of concern include toxic flame retardants, phthalates, vinyl chloride, dioxin, mercury, lead, pesticides and many other hazardous pollutants and known carcinogens, mutagens, reproductive and development toxicants and endocrine disrupting chemicals. HEJSupport Co-Director Olga Speranskaya is active in the steering committee of the SAICM chemicals in products programme and the UN Environemt 10 YFP on Sustainable Consumption and Production. Alexandra Caterbow, Co-Director of HEJSupport, is the NGO representative in the chemicals working group of the German Textile Alliance. HEJSupport advocates for toxic-free products, and the implementation of the right to know and the precautionary principle.

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  • Will EU MEPs allow the violation of the Stockholm Convention? 05.10.2018 - On Thursday, 4th of October 2018, HEJSupport and ten other NGOs sent a letter to the members of the Environment Committee of the European Parliament, expressing their concern about some of the proposed amendments and changes to the Regulation on Persistant Organic Pollutants (POPs).
  • Three EECCA countries are taking steps forward to ban plastic products 04.10.2018 - In the last months three EECCA region countries, Georgia, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan, strive for regulations to ban plastic products.
  • Fragrance chemicals harm human health – consumer should know about them 26.09.2018 - We all are consumers and we all have the right to know if toxic chemicals  are  hiding  in  products we purchase, including the  beauty  and  personal  care  products we  use  every  day.  However a policy labeling loophole allows manufacturers to hide unlabeled, unregulated toxic fragrance ingredients in the products they sell. Dozens sometimes even hundreds ... Read More
  • EU Parliament should vote against toxic recycling 12.09.2018 - On September 13, the European Parliament will decide whether recyclers in the EU will be able to trade waste containing chemicals that are banned in the virging materials. HEJSupport joins EEB in the demand to the European Parliament to end toxic recycling.
  • The Sustainability of Fashion: what role can consumers play? 19.06.2018 - Read our new article about sustainable textiles and the demand of consumers. The textiles industry is one of the largest industries in the world. Its supply-chain includes agriculture, manufacturing, processing, fabric care, use, recycling and disposal. Nearly all countries are involved in the textile industry though the actual involvement can vary from textile and product ... Read More
  • New Article in HazMat Magazin: Recycling end-of-life materials may be perpetuating toxic chemicals in new products 09.05.2018 - HEJSupport International Co-Director Olga Speranskaya, together with a researcher from the Canadian Environmental Law Association and paralegal, Fe de Leon, recently co-published a paper with to bring public attention to toxic chemicals that appear in new products made out of recycled materials.  The authors of the paper argue that many countries have made investments into ... Read More
  • New Publication: Guidance to the Chemicals in Products (CiP) Programme for NGOs 07.02.2018 - HEJSupport International coauthored "The Guidance to the Chemicals in Products Programme for non-governmental organizations". The Guidance explains the role NGOs should play in the implementation of the Programme which is the only international instrument that provides different options for disclosing information on hazardous chemicals in products.

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