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How do toxins affect our lives, and what can we do about it? There are around 350.000 chemicals on the market; many of them are in the products we use, and many are harmful to our health and the environment. Listen to the stories from experts and agents of change working worldwide to resolve the issue. The first episodes of this podcast focus on the social, environmental, and health impacts of textile production and disposal and ways to address them.

You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/building-a-world-without-toxins-real-life-stories/id1718238140

  • by HEJSupport
    It is estimated that, in 2019, more than 65 million tons of second-hand clothing were shipped to developing countries, and about 40% could not be sold due to their poor quality, ending up in landfills where they are dumped or burned. Gilbert Kuepouo, Executive Director of the Centre of Research and Education for Development based […]
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    Priti Mahesh from Toxics Link, India, tells us more about their report highlighting the presence of toxic chemicals, primarily Phthalates and VOCs, in organic and inorganic sanitary pads sold in the Indian market. The report generated discussions worldwide, including about the importance of having reusable sanitary pads made of textiles.
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    Siddika Sultana, co-founder and Executive Director of the Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) in Bangladesh, speaks about challenges faced by women working in the textile industry in Bangladesh.   
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    Textile waste is a significant environmental issue that is growing every year. Research has found that the fashion industry is responsible for around 10% of greenhouse gas emissions and is considered one of the largest industrial water polluters. Textile waste is a substantial portion of this pollution, as the fashion industry produces vast quantities of […]
  • by HEJSupport
    Textiles can contain PFAS, a group of hazardous chemicals. They are called "forever" chemicals because once they are in the environment, they stay there forever. On top of that, they are very harmful to human health. David Lennett from NRDC explains what can be done about this problem.
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    Recently, in 2022, the European Commission launched a new Sustainable Textiles Strategy. It aims at sustainability, circularity, industrial competitiveness and innovation to boost the EU market for sustainable and circular textiles, including the market for textile reuse. And it also addresses fast fashion and intends to drive new business models. Emily Macintosh from EEB will […]

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Written by Heinrich Blank

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