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A Toxics-Free Future

Chemicals in products

EcoWaste Coalition
Unit 329, Eagle Court, 26 Matalino St., 1101 Quezon City, Philippines
Phone/Fax: 4411846  E-Mail:

Press Release

April 2015, Quezon City.  The EcoWaste Coalition, a toxics watchdog, has thrown its support behind the move by the Indonesian health authorities to ban hazardous lipsticks with arsenic and lead content.

IPEN has provided comments to the fourth version of the Chemicals in Products (CiP) Programme developed as an emerging policy issue in the frame of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). The CiP Programme has the central principle that all stakeholders (those along the supply chain and those outside it) should have relevant and reliable information to make informed decisions about chemicals in products.

IPEN is pleased to collaborate with the Canadian Environmental Health Atlas (CEHA), to promote the video "Little Things Matter" in multiple languages across the globe. This 7 minute video provides insights to how extremely low levels of toxins can impact brain development, and illustrates how subtle shifts in the intellectual abilities of individual children have a big impact on the number of children in a population that are challenged or gifted.

BPA (Bisphenol A) is an organic molecule that was first synthesized in 1895. It is a synthetic estrogen, and has two forms: one is polycarbonate and is sometimes used in plastic baby bottles, and the other is epoxy resins, used in the linings of some food and beverage containers, dental sealants and numerous other consumer products.

XRF Training Provides Tools to Test for Toxics in Consumer Goods and the Environment

EcoWaste Coalition, EARTH and IPEN carried out a two-day training on the Xray Fluorescence Spectrum Analyzer (XRF) in November in Bangkok. The XRF can be used to measure products such as toys, handbags, costume jewelry, school supplies and other consumer goods for the presence of dangerous toxic metals like lead, mercury, arsenic, antimony, cadmium, and chromium.

On June 10, 2014, IPEN joined more than 80 environmental and human rights organizations, socially responsible investment firms, and occupational health professionals to send a letter to Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Apple, calling on the company to remove hazardous chemicals, such as benzene, from its supplier factories in an effort to protect workers from grave illnesses.

"Parents are more and more concerned: our offices are flooded with information requests from worried mothers and fathers who are outraged because they have no means of knowing which harmful substances are in toys, and that policy makers and industry are not doing enough to protect their children’s health. They demand full disclosure of ingredients (as with cosmetics) and stricter laws that apply the precautionary principle, with zero tolerance for harmful chemicals". 

by Alexandra Caterbow, senior chemicals/health policy adviser, WECF


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