U.S. NGO Committed to Reduce the Use of Hazardous Chemicals
Recently, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the U.S. took a series of actions against hazardous substances in consumer product, in order to promote the replacement or reduction of these substances, to better protect consumers’ health and to reduce negative environmental impacts.
In April 2013, the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition launched the "Mind the Store" campaign, urging the top ten retailers in the U.S. to reduce the "Hazardous 100+" in consumer products.
Healthystuff.org tested 117 products purchased from 9 well-known retailers. The test results showed that, among the 117 products:
- about 21% contained lead,
- over 20% contained brominated flame retardants, and
- 38% used PVC or chlorinated flame retardants.
Another study on tablet PC for children by Healthystuff.org found that 103 samples from four brands contained at least one hazardous substance.
Pushed by NGOs, major U.S. enterprises took actions. A retail giant stopped selling products containing PBDE flame retardant and planned to act against other types of hazardous substances in the future. Another large consumer electronics retailer launched PVC packaging recycling program, despite NGO believed that more actions should be taken to reduce the use of hazardous substances instead.
As national legislations, consumers and NGOs showed growing concerns about harmful substances over the years, companies in the market has to meet high standards on hazardous substances policies. From awareness building to product verification / certification, SGS provides one-stop services to help.
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