This week is Environmenstrual Week – a week of action hosted by Wen – where many NGOs are highlighting the environmental impact of disposable menstrual products, and are working together to promote safe, toxic-free, and plastic-free period products that are accessible to all.
On 17th September, the UK Environment Agency published the results of their 2019 assessment of 4,679 rivers, lakes, estuaries and other surface water bodies: 0% received good chemical status. Not one met the legal water quality standards.
A new study published by the Danish Consumer Council found some widely available toothpastes contain substances that are suspected of being hormone disruptors.
Several cosmetics brands have announced that they are phasing out the use of the preservative butylparaben, which is a chemical that is known to disrupt the hormone system.
The problem with plastics isn’t just the pollution of our environment – the toxic chemicals used in plastics and the production of plastics are just as concerning.
We expect the everyday products in our homes to be safe. But a decade of cuts mean that public protection teams are struggling to keep us safe from harmful substances in the products we buy.