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The Swedish government has initiated legal action against the European Commission in a bid to speed up legislation that could outlaw the sale and import of consumer products – such as textiles – that have trace amounts of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors.
The move is relevant to the textile sector where certain surfactants can degrade to compounds that mimic reproductive systems. We see concerns and existing regulations surrounding phthalates, which can be used as plasticisers in inks and also with some biocides used as anti-microbial treatments on textiles – these are also claimed to have endocrine disrupting properties.
Sweden says the speedy adoption of such criteria is “crucial if the EU’s biocidal products regulation and other regulations in the chemicals area are to ensure a high level of protection for human health and the environment.” Adding that without these criteria, it is very difficult to begin the phasing out of endocrine disruptors in consumer goods such as textiles and clothing.
Source: BLC Leather Technology Centre