About project: CHEMICALS


We raise awareness of health and environmental problems related to the occurrence of hazardous chemicals in products we use every day. Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) include carcinogens, endocrine disruptors or substances deemed of special concern for the environment. Scientific research has shown that being exposed to several hazardous substances at once may cause adverse effects, even if the concentration of each of them remains below their individual effective thresholds. The problem is there is often no information provided about the presence of SVHC in products in everyday objects and in our surroundings, in the apartment or in the office, and information on the presence of hazardous substances in products.
We usually associate dangerous chemicals with heavy industry and polluted zones near chemical plants. However, even in our homes we encounter many dangerous chemicals. They can get from various products, such as cleaning products, cosmetics, furniture, carpets, kitchen utensils into our body through the skin or through the respiratory route, exposing us to serious health problems. The natural environment is also at risk, where toxic substances can accumulate and cause irreversible damage.
In 2018-2022 we are implementing the project "Eco-ambassadors for the elimination of harmful chemicals in everyday life". We will train eco-ambassadors who will conduct tests on the presence of hazardous substances in households and then propose solutions. The project is part of the European LIFE project we are doing in collaboration with 10 partners from 9 EU Member States. The project leader is the Baltic Environmental Forum Germany.
In the years 2018-2022, we implemented the "Pytaj o Chemię" project. As part of the project, an application for smartphones called Pytaj o Chemię was created. You can scan the barcode of a product and you can easily ask the manufacturer whether his product contains SVHC substances in a concentration above 0.1%. We encourage you to download the application HERE. The project was a part of the LIFEAskREACH European project we were realizing with 20 partners from 13 UE Member States. The project leader was the German Environment Agency (UBA).
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