The world we want

The world we want

It’s been a busy year and we wanted to end it on a positive note by stating what a toxics-free world would look like. This is what needs to happen to stop and reverse global chemical pollution for the generations to follow. Peace and joy to you, your family and community. The world we want(…)

Global Chemicals Outlook: Urgent Action Needed

Global Chemicals Outlook: Urgent Action Needed

Coordinated action by governments and industry is urgently needed to reduce the growing risks to human health and the environment posed by the unsustainable management of chemicals worldwide, according to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). These risks are compounded by the steady shift in the production, use and disposal of(…)

Flame retardants don’t work

Flame retardants don’t work

Toxic chemicals marketed as flame retardants pose a threat to human health and the environment. These substances are widely incorporated into our consumer products but do not provide a fire safety benefit. Instead, they increase the toxicity of a fire through greater release of smoke, soot, carbon monoxide, and highly toxic substances such as dioxins(…)

Rio +20: The future we’re certain we don’t want…

Rio +20: The future we’re certain we don’t want…

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) As over 100 heads of state and thousands of participants flocked to the Rio + 20 Earth Summit, most delegates focused on the summit’s priority topics: energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, forests, water, oceans, green jobs and disaster readiness. As the final Rio + 20 outcome document The(…)

Living in a pollution-free world is a basic human right (by Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith)

Living in a pollution-free world is a basic human right (by Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith)

Sound chemicals management underpins every aspect of a sustainable future and green livelihoods. Governments acknowledged that “sound management of chemicals is essential if we are to achieve sustainable development, including the eradication of poverty and disease” . Yet, two decades after the Rio Earth Summit, chemical contamination with toxic, persistent and bioaccumulative substances affects us(…)