Sperm quality is declining, and one of the culprits – you guessed it – is toxic chemicals. But it’s not enough to look at the effects caused by individual substances. A new study shows that the broad mixtures of chemicals, which most humans are exposed to on a regular basis, pose a much greater threat … ChemSec: What’s your poison? For sperm – it’s chemical cocktails
With single-use plastic tableware soon being banned in the EU, manufacturers and consumers are turning to alternative materials. But a new test study found chemicals of concern in popular non-plastic disposable products, many of which are marketed with unsubstantiated and misleading claims of being green, natural and “100% biodegradable”.
For the past 5 years, ZWE’s Catalonian member Rezero has been campaigning on the dangers and harmful effects of plastics on human health (besides all the harm it does to our environment). This late March, they saw their ambitions become reality through the ban on food packaging chemicals in the Spanish Waste Law.
Since publishing the European Green Deal in December 2019, the EU is in a modus operandi for a systemic change. The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) adopted a year later, announced that it would help fight toxic chemicals and pollution that is detrimental to both human health and ecosystems. If it fulfills this promise – it will be remembered … Zero Waste Europe: How the EU chemicals strategy can help to make our food packaging toxic-free
In October 2021, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the Farm to Fork Strategy, supporting targets and measures to reduce pollution along the value chain including EU Food Contact Materials (FCM). Parliament called on the European Commission to bring forward the date of the publication of their proposal for a new regulatory framework.
Pizzas, hamburgers, corn flakes and various kinds of drinks for kids are among the food items with packaging that contains several toxic chemicals according to tests done by the Swedish Chemicals Agency. The agency tested over 60 different paper and cardboard-based packaging materials, and besides the already mentioned items above, the test included bags for french … ChemSec: Testing finds that 8 out of 10 packaging materials for food contain highly toxic chemicals
Food packaging is a veritable minefield. There are so many different types of packaging: metals, paper, glass, plastic in all its many forms – and a whole other swathe of multi-material packaging. This includes the metal top of a glass beer bottle that contains a plastic (foamed polyethylene or plastisol) sealant, an aluminium fizzy drink … Zero Waste Europe: How to avoid chemicals in your food packaging