Call for EU action after toxic chemicals found in carpets

Some of Europe’s largest carpet manufacturers are selling products containing high levels of toxins including substances suspected to be carcinogenic by the European Chemicals Agency

Some of Europe’s largest carpet manufacturers are selling products containing high levels of toxins including substances suspected to be carcinogenic by the European Chemicals Agency, new research has revealed, prompting fresh calls for the EU to close recycling legislation loopholes.

The study by the Changing Markets Foundation found phthalates, fluorinated stain repellents, toxic antimicrobials and chlorinated flame retardants in some of the 15 carpets it sampled from Europe’s top carpet manufacturers.

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