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Chemicals In Our Life

Chemicals in our life

  • Chemicals in plastic products

    Chemicals in plastic products

    Products

    Plastic makes our lives easier in many ways, but some plastic products contain chemicals that can harm our health – such as bisphenol A or some phthalates.

  • Clothes and textiles

    Clothes and textiles

    Products

    There are many ways we come into contact with textiles in our everyday lives – the clothes we wear, the bed linen we sleep in, the towels we dry ourselves with and the furniture we sit on. Chemicals are added to these products for various reasons to improve them, but in some people they can cause troublesome health effects, including allergies.

  • Effects on aquatic life

    Effects on aquatic life

    Environment

    We limit the emissions but many chemicals used today still end up in our environment and in lakes, rivers and oceans. Most chemicals cause no harm but not surprisingly, chemicals that are harmful to humans may also be harmful to the environment and to the animals that live in aquatic ecosystems.

  • Chemicals and climate change

    Chemicals and climate change

    Environment

    On a global scale, we are using more energy than ever before, and this is having serious effects on the Earth’s climate. But, while the release of some chemicals into the environment can accelerate climate change, chemicals are also part of the solution.

  • Glyphosate

    Glyphosate

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    Glyphosate is one of the most widely used active substances in pesticides to prevent unwanted plant growth around planted crops or to kill plants or parts of plants. These substances are often called ‘herbicides' or ‘weedkillers'.

  • Safety precautions and exposure

    Safety precautions and exposure

    Safety data sheets and exposure scenarios help you to handle chemicals safely and protect yourself. Suppliers of hazardous chemicals used in the workplace need to provide this safety information and you can get it from your employer.

  • Chemicals causing allergies

    Chemicals causing allergies

    Health

    More people are suffering from allergies than ever before. Some man-made chemicals cause them, but so can naturally occuring allergens like pollen, plants and food.

  • Know your electronics and their chemicals

    Know your electronics and their chemicals

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    Devices in your home, like phones, computers, tablets, TV sets, game consoles and smart kitchen appliances, are made of hundreds of components and thousands of chemicals.

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    • Endocrine disruptors and our health
      Health

      Endocrine disruptors and our health

      Endocrine disruptors may be causing serious health effects such as infertility, cancer and development disorders for example birth defects. But where are they used and what is being done to protect us?

    • Chemicals causing allergies
      Health

      Chemicals causing allergies

      More people are suffering from allergies than ever before. Some man-made chemicals cause them, but so can naturally occuring allergens like pollen, plants and food.

    • Nanomaterials and health

      Nanomaterials and health

      Are substances in nanoforms more dangerous than they are in their normal size? Some are and some are not. Just like any other chemical substance, nanomaterials have to be assessed separately.

    • Chemicals in agriculture
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      Chemicals in agriculture

      Conventional farming makes use of pesticides to protect plants and fertilisers to enhance their growth and fertility. In organic farming, their use is heavily restricted. In both types of farming, the EU is working for safer products for consumers.

    • Chemicals and climate change
      Environment

      Chemicals and climate change

      On a global scale, we are using more energy than ever before, and this is having serious effects on the Earth’s climate. But, while the release of some chemicals into the environment can accelerate climate change, chemicals are also part of the solution.

    • Effects on aquatic life
      Environment

      Effects on aquatic life

      We limit the emissions but many chemicals used today still end up in our environment and in lakes, rivers and oceans. Most chemicals cause no harm but not surprisingly, chemicals that are harmful to humans may also be harmful to the environment and to the animals that live in aquatic ecosystems.