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EU Votes for Stricter Rules on Textile Chemical

By Fredrica Syren:

It’s a huge victory for all environmental groups who have been fighting to have a dangerous chemical called Nonylphenol textile chemicalsbanned. In July, it was announced that EU had voted “yes” on this very important law regarding chemicals found in textiles.

Nonylphenol is a toxic xenobiotic compound with endocrine disrupter capabilities of interfering with the hormonal system. The use and production of such compounds have been banned in EU countries, and strictly monitored in many other countries such as Canada and Japan.

Nonylphenol (NP) has been widely used for more than 40 years in detergents, emulsifiers, wetting agents and dispersing agents. It is used mainly in soap, detergents and degreasing agents, textile processing; pulp and paper processing; and pest control products.

This new law is focusing on NP found in textiles. The problem here is that this toxic chemical stays in the garment and is released once you wash your clothing, which releases it into the environment. This poses a risk for wildlife, plants and humans, as it may end up in the food chain and is hazardous even at very low levels.

The EU already bans NE from use inside the EU; however, it allows garments containing NP to be imported. The new law will close this loophole for textiles containing dangerous levels of NP to enter EU.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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