Exposure to EDCs Poses a Serious Threat to Present and Future Generations
IPEN participating organizations in Asia call on governments to regulate endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs)in products. At a recently held EDC- Free Asia Conference, the NGOs discussed the results of a regional study undertaken in partnership with the Wonjin Institute for Occupational and Environmental Health (WIOEH), with support from the Financial Industry Public Interest Foundation (FIPIF), Korea to determine the presence of phthalates in erasers and bisphenol-A (BPA) in thermal papers, and to promote regulatory reforms.
Among the IPEN SEA POs in the EDC project were Gita Pertiwi and Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation (Indonesia), Consumers’ Association of Penang (Malaysia), Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability and EcoWaste Coalition (Philippines), Research Centre for Gender, Family and Environment in Development (Vietnam), and Toxics Watch Network (Japan).
In 2020, several IPEN POs in Southeast and East Asia participated in the implementation of citizen science projects supported by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). The project results were presented in series of virtual conferences in 2020 and in a D-Tox session last April 2021. D-Tox session was conceptualized in 2020 as a virtual platform for IPEN member NGOs in Southeast and East Asia to discuss various toxic and waste issues in the region. D-Tox is also an online capacity-building platform to help strengthen POs in their work.
This year, the first D-Tox session aims to gather participating organizations and partners in the region to improve understanding on how citizen science works, its challenges and opportunities; provide an opportunity for more IPEN POs and partners in the region to share their citizen science initiatives; foster collaboration and sharing of related resource materials; and encourage other POs and partners to adopt such initiatives.
Simultaneous translation available in Bahasa and Chinese.
- BRS Regional Meeting, Eastern Europe - 9 May - 11 May
- BRS COP - 5 June - 17 June (Geneva, Switzerland)
- UN Oceans Conference - 27 June - 1 July (Lisbon, Portugal)
- SAICM IP4 - 4 Sept - 9 Sept (TBD - Bucharest, Romania)
Cambodia: Ending the PBDE recycling exemption
South Korea: Stories from the Clean Room (Screenings of the film have been shown in over 20 countries to date)
Newest IPEN Reports
IPEN studies show how policy is driving massive investment in plastic waste-to-fuel processing, and that exports are threatening waste management in ASEAN countries and undermining the Basel Convention and climate change commitments.
IPEN published a number of studies showing significant obstacles for countries seeking to implement safe plastic circular economies. The studies reveal that countries are unable to handle large volumes of diverse plastics waste streams safely, and the reality that, without regulations requiring plastic ingredients to be labeled, countries are blindly allowing known toxic chemicals onto their markets in plastic products.
Preproduction plastics as pellets, or "nurdles", can carry many different chemicals, both those added to the plastics and pollutants that attach (sorb) to them in the environment. Often lost during production, transportation, and storage, pellets have been found on beaches all over the world since the 1970s. This study of plastic pellets gathered from beaches in 23 different countries contained many chemicals of concern, some in very high concentrations.
Because almost all plastics contain toxic chemicals, recycling processes can perserve and can even generate toxic chemicals, such as dioxins. In this study, pellets made from recycled HDPE, intended for use in new products, were purchased from 24 recyclers in 23 countries and analyzed for 18 substances. The large number of toxic chemicals in many of the samples highlights the need to rethink recycling to ensure it does not perpetuate harms..
This summary of our two plastic pellets reports encapsulate the broad issues related to toxic chemicals in plastics and the concerns with recycling processes that can perserve or generate toxic chemicals.
Plastic waste has become an unprecedented pollution issue, blanketing our planet in the petrochemical remnants of plastic production. This report examines current and emerging methods by which plastic waste is managed globally and questions whether any of them present a solution to the rapidly accelerating generation of plastic waste. In short, they don't and the only long-term answer is to produce less plastic.
Based in the Philippines
EcoWaste Coalition is a public interest and advocacy network of more than 150 community, church, school, environmental and health groups. We envision a Zero Waste society in the Philippines by 2020 by pursuing sustainable solutions to waste, climate change and chemical issues facing the Philippines and the world. EcoWaste Coalition organizes and supports various citizens’ efforts addressing waste, climate and chemical safety issues through: research and evidence building approach; information dissemination; skill shares and workshops; policy development and advocacy; and demonstration projects of ecological alternatives and strategic campaigns and alliances, locally and internationally.
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