THINK BEFORE YOU BUY
All you need to know about hazardous substances in daily life
and how to make safer choices
The competition for the NONHAZCITY BUILDING AWARD has been launched on 16 November 2023. The award is the first policy prize recognizing best policies in construction in the Baltic Sea Region at national, regional or local level. It aims is to highlight policies protecting people and the environment from hazardous chemicals in buildings, integrating circularity, toxic-free & climate neutrality. The aim of the award is to inspire citizens, decision- makers and business and to showcase innovative solutions.
LIFE Chemicals Ambassadors for Europe
- We generally associate hazardous chemicals with heavy industry and polluted hotspots in the vicinity of chemical plants. However, we encounter many hazardous chemicals even in our homes. This is because cleaning products, cosmetics, and consumer products are responsible for countless pollutants in our own households. From the products, the chemicals make their way into our bodies and the environment, where they sometimes cause irreversible damage. An EU-funded project is now tackling this issue.
ChemClimCircle chemicals, climate and circularity
European municipalities procure services and goods on a large scale, as they are responsible for various public facilities in the fields of child and elderly care, construction, education, or traffic. For this reason, they have great potential to use the procurement process to achieve environmental goals. Green Public Procurement (GPP) can stimulate demand for more sustainable services and goods, thus promoting a regenerative circular economy and helping to support a toxic-free environment.
It all starts with awareness
We are all exposed to a variety of hazardous substances through everyday consumer goods. These are mainly man-made chemical substances whose specific properties make it difficult to predict the effects of long-term exposure on our health and the environment. Due to their widespread use, hazardous substances cannot, of course, be completely avoided, but each of us can do something to protect the environment and the health of ourselves and our loved ones. On this website you will find information about hazardous substances and tips on how to avoid them. Take care of yourself – think before you buy!
Endocrine Disruptors (EDs) exposure analyzer
Plastics and the hidden threat to your health
Plastic is pervasive in our lives. Food packaging, clothing, furnishings etc. are made of plastic. However, plastic can contain numerous toxic and hormonally active chemicals. We take in these hazardous substances through respiration, skin contact and the food chain and thereby endanger our health. In order to save our health, we need to reduce our use of plastics!
TOOLKIT FOR HOME DETOX
How to check your home for hazardous substances and live a toxic-free life
Our guidebook will lead you room by room through your house and will show you how to do that.
Do you know how many hazardous substances you use every day?
How can municipalities help to minimise emissions of chemicals?
What can your company do for cleaner and safer environment?