France: the new champion for EDC regulation in Europe?
France bans BPA in food packaging
After more than one year of parliamentary debates in Senate and Parliament, France adopted a law yesterday which bans BPA use in food containers for 0-3 years old in 2013 and for all other food contact uses as from January 1st 2015, with a warning labelling in the meantime
A very positive outcome for campaigners from Réseau Environnement Santé (RES) and WECF France, who have been pushing for a coherent legislation, covering uses of BPA in bottles and pacifiers, as well as all other food contact uses.
The law also bans the use of phtalate DEHP - a reprotoxic plastifier already banned in toys and childcare articles - in tubulures used in pediatrics, neonatology departments in hospitals and for use by pregnant women and nursing mothers.
But what about toys containing bisphenol A or endocrine disruptors of very high concern? They remain unregulated so far. A situation that WECF has been trying to change for years, and which may soon be reversed, since Delphine Batho, French Ministry of Environment announced on Monday, during an international conference on EDCs, she would support a European ban of EDCs of concern in toys and childcare articles.
WECF France who just performed a survey which shows that only 30% of toys manufacturers and retailers, among the 16 which have been asked, are willing to provide sufficient information on the presence or absence of BPA and other EDCS in toys, supports this position and invites you to sign on the petition to urge the Minister of Environment and Minister in charge of Consumer protection to demand more transparency on EDCs presence in toys:
WECF presents Water and Sanitation Safety Plans to African, South American and Asian officials and stakeholders
WECF held a one day training on Water and Sanitation Safety Plans (WSSP) at Technical University of Dresden
UN elects their 9th male Secretary General - do women need to grow a moustache to have leadership position at the UN?
Statement by members of the Women’s Major Group on the appointment of the new Secretary General of the United Nations. The Women’s Major Group of the UN Agenda-2030 process (WMG), has received the announcement of the nomination of Mr Antonio Guterres as new Secretary General, with mixed feelings.
SDG Watch Europe launch - civil society groups, including WECF, join forces to push for a sustainable future
Seventy-five diverse civil society organisations have today joined forces to formally launch SDG Watch Europe. This broad coalition will work to ensure that the European Union and its Member States live up to their commitments, made when signing the Agenda 2030 agreement in New York last September, to enable a sustainable future at home and abroad.
One step towards a safer blood bag
WECF speaker at final Seminar of the LIFE+ project PVC Free Blood Bag, 27-28 September, in Östersund, Sweden
Introducing a new phenomenon in Armenia: Energy Cooperatives
WECF along with Belgian and European Energy Cooperatives explore possibilities of implementing sustainable energy in Armenia