European Union announces bee-friendly regulation
Pesticides aren’t great news for us either. Human exposure to pesticides has been linked to a whole host of adverse health problems – endocrine disruption, reproductive and developmental problems, asthma and poor respiratory health, and even cancer, to name a few. So we’re happy to see movement to reduce the use of these toxic chemicals and hope to see more action here at home as well.
(photo credit: From Flickr user: Bob in Swamp)
Flame retardant farewell in Europe
There’s more good news coming out of Europe! A summit on chemicals and hazardous waste in Geneva earlier in May marked the first joint meeting of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (three international treaties that govern chemicals and hazardous waste) and was aimed at strengthening international chemical safety and protection from toxic chemicals.
The meeting ended in success, with an agreement to gradually phase out the flame retardant HBCD, which is widely used in building insulation, furniture, cars and electronics. HBCD and other flame retardants are “persistent organic pollutants” – chemicals which linger in the environment, enter the food chain and thereby pose risks to human health and the greater environment. Phasing out HBCD internationally is good news because persistent pollutants cross borders, so bans should too.
Find out more about how to avoid flame retardants and other toxics in your home with our Toxic Nation guide to Alternatives in Your Home.
Get summer-ready at the Eco-Beauty Market
If you’re in Toronto on June 15th, be sure to swing by the Central YMCA and stock up for summer at the Just Beautiful Eco-Beauty Market!
Come sample and shop for haircare, skincare and cosmetic products, talk to green beauty experts, find non-toxic sun protection products, and get the Toxic Ten chemicals out of your personal care routine. Shopping at the Eco-Beauty Market is good for you and good for the environment; a portion of all sales will be donated to support Environmental Defence‘s Toxics Program.
For more information on the event visit our Just Beautiful page. See you there!
Tip of the Month: Greening your spring cleaning
Check out our May Tip of the Month for some helpful tips to keep your house clean and protect your family from toxic chemicals at the same time.