News: Indoor air pollution source of urban air pollution
A new study of the air around Los Angeles found consumer and industrial products to rival vehicle emissions as a source of harmful atmospheric pollutants
Thursday, 3rd May 2018
The findings published in February in the journal Science, revealed that many common products — including pesticides, paints, printing inks, adhesives, cleaning agents and personal care items such as deodorant and hairspray — were full of volatile organic compounds that could be released into the air, reported the Los Angeles times. A shift in the balance of 'polluting power in cities' may prompt researchers and regulators to step up their focus on a wide range of goods.
Indoor pollutants are found in a wide range of products - e.g. VOCs in fragrances, solvents and spot cleaners, degreasers and disinfectants, and formaldehyde, often used in the production of resins acting as glues for wood products, pulp and paper, some plastics and coatings, paints and varnishes, and in textile finishings. Breathing in low levels of these pollutants for long periods of time may increase some people's risk of health problems. The EU Ecolabel product criteria (where relevant) limits VOCs and completely excludes formaldehyde.
In addition, other criteria restrict any ingredient that is classified as having the potential to cause an allergy, asthma, or breathing difficulties if inhaled.
Health problems resulting from exposure to air pollution have a high cost to people who suffer from illness, to our health services and to businesses.
Transitional period for revised EU Ecolabel criteria for Detergents extended
Commission Decision (EU) 2017/1214 set revised criteria for various types of detergents. In order to give current licence holders more time to adapt their products to comply the transitional period has been extended from 12 to 18 months
Extension of validity of existing criteria for Printed Paper and Rinse-off Cosmetics and 2 other groups being considered
A written vote has taken place to extend the validity of criteria for 4 product groups: Printed Paper, Rinse-off Cosmetics and Absorbent Hygiene Products.
Revised criteria for 4 product groups approved at the June meeting of the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee
The revised criteria for copying & graphic paper, newsprint, tissue paper and lubricants were approved at a meeting of the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee on 29th June 2018.