Textiles Clothing: EU steps up fight against dangerous chemicals #98


The European Commission is taking another important step to protect European consumers from dangerous substances in frequent contact with human skin, which are known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems. On Sunday 1 November, a restriction limiting consumer exposure to 33 chemicals that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR) comes into force.

This will ensure that everyday clothes, textiles, and footwear bought by Europeans are safer, regardless of the EU country in which they buy and whether the products are made in the EU or imported. the commissioner.

The restriction specifies maximum concentration limits for individual substances or groups of substances potentially present in these products, including substances such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), cadmium, chromium, lead, and its compounds and phthalates, among others.

It also helps to reduce the environmental emissions of these hazardous substances, which can occur for example during washing, and to improve the quality of recycled textiles.

The restriction is based on the EU’s REACH regulation, which offers the world’s highest protection for human health and the environment.

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/