Greenpeace renews toxics substitution call

Products aimed at children and babies contain the highest levels of toxic chemicals out of a basket of consumer goods, according to tests publicised by environmental group Greenpeace on Friday. Some manufacturers "deliberately add" chemicals like phthalates, alkylphenols, organotins and synthetic musks, it said, demonstrating the need for the EU's Reach chemicals policy to drive substitution by safer alternatives wherever possible. Samsung, Nokia and Puma - and now also Sony and Sony-Ericsson - have committed to phase out specified hazardous chemicals, showing that mandatory substitution is workable, it added. See press release.

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