A recent study by Arnika, IPEN, and 14 partner organisations, including CHEM Trust, revealed the presence of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in outdoor coats and clothing from 13 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. Out of 72 clothing samples tested - including coats, swimsuits, and t-shirts - 46 items (64%) contained PFAS, revealing … [Read more...] about New study finds banned “forever chemicals” being used in children’s clothing worldwide.
Opinion piece written by Dr Julie Schneider, CHEM Trust Campaigner. Last week, CHEM Trust submitted its response to the public consultation on the EU universal PFAS restriction proposal. This follows on one year from CHEM Trust, Arnika, Tegengif, HEAL, EEB, ClientEarth, and BUND launching the BAN PFAS manifesto. We have since been joined by 125 organisations from 25 EU … [Read more...] about A transition to a PFAS-free economy for a clean and healthy future
On 4th April 2023, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published the long awaited PFAS Risk Management Option Analysis (RMOA) written in partnership with the Environment Agency (EA). The RMOA makes a number of recommendations that the UK Government will follow as announced in its Plan For Water published on the same day. … [Read more...] about The UK’s plans for tackling PFAS pollution – are they good enough?
To celebrate International Women's Day 2023 CHEM Trust spoke with Annelies den Boer, the founder of the five-year-old Dutch organisation Tegengif; which means 'antidote' in Dutch. Annelies comes from the field of health protection advocacy and for several years worked with Doctors Without Borders. Together with volunteers and freelancers, she runs the operations of … [Read more...] about Interview with the Dutch NGO Tegengif: small dose, high impact
Today marks the launch of our joint NGOs Ban PFAS manifesto. The manifesto, which is signed by over 45 organisations, is calling for EU Member States and the Commission to urgently ban PFAS, the ‘forever chemicals’, in consumer products by 2025 and across all uses by 2030. Two years ago, the European Commission published its Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability including a … [Read more...] about European civil society organisations launch the ‘Ban PFAS manifesto’
On 27th and 28th April the final conference of the research project HBM4EU brought together policymakers, scientists, civil society and industry representatives from across Europe to discuss the latest human biomonitoring data on harmful chemicals. The conference had a clear message: a lot more needs to be done to protect the general population from health impacts due to … [Read more...] about Human biomonitoring results reveal widespread exposure of general public to harmful chemicals
CHEM Trust is joining health and environment UK NGOs calling on the UK Governments to urgently ban the use of all ‘forever chemicals’, PFAS (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances). It is the only way to prevent the continual pollution of the UK environment with the most persistent human-made chemicals known to date, and protect current and future generations from the impact … [Read more...] about UK NGOs call for urgent ban of all PFAS
Today the UK Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has published a new report concluding that a 'chemical cocktail' of sewage, slurry and plastic is polluting English rivers and putting public health and nature at risk. The report is the result of its inquiry into water quality in English rivers, launched in December 2020. None of England's rivers assessed by … [Read more...] about A ‘Chemical Cocktail’ is threatening England’s rivers
Today CHEM Trust together with ClientEarth (the environmental law charity) are participating in a public hearing at the Court of Justice of the European Union. Both organisations are supporting the EU Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the Government of the Netherlands against a challenge by the chemical company Chemours regarding the identification of their compounds, known as … [Read more...] about EU Court hearing on GenX: company Chemours challenges EU authority
In this guest blog for CHEM Trust, Francesca Bevan, policy & advocacy manager for chemicals at the Marine Conservation Society, shares the important messages from their new report: Sewage sludge: Why we need to stop pollution at source Pollution, both chemical and plastic, has been cited as one of the main direct drivers of the current biodiversity crisis. Stopping … [Read more...] about Sewage sludge: Why we must stop pollution at source