Chemicals & Health
WECF and its members advocate for non-chemical alternatives worldwide, based on three principles: polluter pays, reversal of the burden of proof and the precautionary principle, and will highlight the gaps and inadequacies in current legislation. WECF raises awareness amongst consumers and encourages them to ask questions about the products they allow into their homes. WECF does not only focus on toxic chemicals in consumer products. In Armenia, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine old pesticide stockpiles pose a serious threat to the environment and public health. Partner organizations try to attract attention to these problems and cooperate with the local and national authorities to isolate or remove the stockpiles and reduce the threat to humans, animals and the environment.
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Latest News & Reports
Open Letter To the G20 Health Ministers Signed
As a HEAL (Health and Environment Alliance) member, WECF has signed the open letter to the G20 Health Ministers, ahead of their first ever meeting coming Friday, 19th May in Berlin.
Recycling contaminates plastic children’s toys with toxic chemicals from electronic waste
A new global survey finds that recycling plastics containing toxic flame retardant chemicals found in electronic waste results in contamination of the world’s best-selling toy: The Rubik’s Cube.
Ekoforum Zenica and WECF organised training and presentation on 'EcoSan: Reducing chemicals and pollution of drinking water sources in rural communities'
Eco Forum Zenica, in partnership with WECF International, Journalists for Human Rights (Macedonia), Women and Development (Albania) and UNEP, work together on the construction and installation of EcoSan toilets, filters for waste water and composting help, in order to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and protect drinking water sources
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Latest Press Release
Further delay on flawed EDC criteria maintains unnecessary risks on human health and the environment
The criteria to identify hormone disrupting chemicals (or EDCs), for which a decision was expected today, continue to cause disagreements among EU member states.
Changing German policy on EDCs
Achieving good EDCs criteria and strategy at the EU level, which guarantees a high level of protection for human health and the environment.
Donors: EEHI – European Environment and Health Initiative
Duration: 06/2016 - 12/2016
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Beyond 2020: Sustainable Chemistry - NGO recommendations
Position Paper by WECF & IPEN
Measures against endocrine disrupting chemicals. The example of Denmark, Sweden and France
In June 2016, Wemos, PAN Europe en WECF published the report ‘Measures against endocrine disrupting chemicals. The example of Denmark, Sweden and France’.
International Women's Day 2016: WECF releases “Women and Chemicals” publication
With its new publication, WECF presents a deeper look at the nexus between gender roles and women’s exposure to hazardous chemicals worldwide and calls for more political action for better health protection
Think Before You Buy: Choose Products With Less Hazardous Substances
A Teacher's Handbook
WECF’s Position Paper on EEHP, WHO MTR in Haifa 2015
Eco Forum, HEAL, WECF International and undersigned signatories present position paper on EEHP
Handbook for Hairdressers: Hazardous Ingredients in Professional Cosmetics
Now available in English
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