#Toxics

Cyanides in the Bečva River – 2020

Cyanides in the Bečva River – 2020

Originally a lively and beautiful river Bečva was poisoned by cyanides on almost forty kilometers. The cyanide leak occurred on Sunday, September 20th, 2020, when dead fish...

Will the Members of Parliament Make a Dustbin from the Czech Republic?

Will the Members of Parliament Make a Dustbin from the Czech Republic?

Joint press release of the organisations ARNIKA, Greenpeace, DUHA Movement, Transparency International, and Green Circle: Today, on September 16, or on Friday, September 18, the...

Improper processing of electronic waste leads to damage to human health, the environment, and the Earth's ozone layer

Improper processing of electronic waste leads to damage to human health, the environment, and the Earth's ozone layer

Thailand is still one of the destination countries for e-waste from all around the world. To what extent this is the case is one of the questions that the joint project of the...

Chemical recycling of plastics: so far an ineffective solution producing toxic substances

Chemical recycling of plastics: so far an ineffective solution producing toxic substances

At first glance, the miraculous technologies called chemical recycling are actually very far from real recycling. It has been proved they pollute the environment, are...

"Children's toys containing phthalates? Unfortunately, still a common threat in Serbia": experts from Arnika explain the motivation for a new international project

"Children's toys containing phthalates? Unfortunately, still a common threat in Serbia": experts from Arnika explain the motivation for a new international project

Even in the Czech Republic, despite the ban on the use of phthalates in children's toys and the recent tightening of related European Commission regulations, there are occasional...

Back from Thailand: Sixteen days in the most infested areas of Southeast Asia

Back from Thailand: Sixteen days in the most infested areas of Southeast Asia

Marine animals, sediment from watercourses or, for example, chicken eggs are the subject of research by our toxics and waste experts, who have traveled to Thailand's " hot spots...

Fee for Waste Incineration Will Help to Increase Recycling. Act on Waste Passes to the Second Reading

Fee for Waste Incineration Will Help to Increase Recycling. Act on Waste Passes to the Second Reading

Incineration is an obstacle to waste prevention and the real recycling. The Pro 3R Coalition calls upon the Members of Parliament to approve, in addition to increase of the fees...

Study Finds Toys Made of Black Recycled Plastics Pose Serious Threat to Children’s Health

Study Finds Toys Made of Black Recycled Plastics Pose Serious Threat to Children’s Health

A ground-breaking study analyzing the effects of toxic chemicals in plastic children’s toys and consumer products on human cells demonstrates that toys made from some recycled...

Good news: EU banned use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

Good news: EU banned use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

On July 4, 2020, a PFOA ban will apply in the EU, which was agreed already in 2019 by the parties of the Stockholm Convention. However, this ban allows for some exemptions, e.g....

Unwanted toxic flame retardants preventing circularity and increasing fire toxicity

Unwanted toxic flame retardants preventing circularity and increasing fire toxicity

The Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture welcomes the New Circular Economy Action Plan and calls on the EU institutions to address the unnecessary and unwanted use of...

‘Minamata‘ starring Johnny Depp draws attention to mercury pollution

‘Minamata‘ starring Johnny Depp draws attention to mercury pollution

On Friday, February 21, the movie ‘Minamata‘ starring Johnny Depp had a world premiere at the Berlinale film festival. The film, directed by Andrew Levitas, tells a story of...

Environmental health groups celebrate the end to EU allowance for banned flame retardant chemicals to enter recycling streams & new products

Environmental health groups celebrate the end to EU allowance for banned flame retardant chemicals to enter recycling streams & new products

The European Union (EU) has taken an important step towards cleaning up its recycling; it will no longer allow materials containing a class of toxic, globally banned flame...