Diapers, textiles, pizza boxes… Chemical substances soon to be banned by the EU

In a report relayed on April 25, 2022, the European Commission informs us be about tomassively ban chemicals presents two many products that we use daily. We cite food packaging (especially pizza boxes…), paintings, varnish, coated, textiles, shoes or even the layers for baby.

They contain PVC (polyvinyl chlorides), very little recyclable plastics as well as additives (phthalates, PFAS, heavy metals…). The facts with which they are charged? They would be linked to cancer or obesity, and most, including PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) accumulate in the body.

The plan is ambitious since it considers that “all the substances of the same family are considered as dangerous as the most harmful” and “covers thousands of chemical compounds”, explained to AFP the NGO European Environmental Bureau, which estimates that bans will be introduced within two years. All substances should be banned by 2030.

Almost all manufactured goods in stores will be affected

The European Commission has shared its battle plan, which is part of the broad review of EU chemicals legislation currently being negotiated between Brussels and member states.

The products in the viewfinder? PVCs, their additives (phthalates, PFAS, heavy metals…) as well as all flame retardants (flame retardants in mattresses, clothing, car seats…) and all substances classified as carcinogens, mutagens Where toxic for reproduction (CMR) in articles for children and in particular diapers.

The bisphenols are also concerned. These are synthetic chemicals used in the manufacture of plastics and food containers. They are considered as endocrine disruptors.

Endocrine disruptors (EDs) are “chemical substances of natural or artificial origin foreign to the organism which can interfere with the functioning of the endocrine system and thus induce deleterious effects on this organism or its descendants”. The sources of exposure of the general population to EDs are mainly water and food, but also air and certain industrial products (drugs, cosmetics, phytosanitary products, etc.).

“Almost all manufactured goods in stores and our homes will be affected,” said Tatiana Santos, Policy Manager for Chemicals & Nanotechnology for theEuropean Environmental Bureau.

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