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What’s disrupting you? Take Action now for an EDC-Free future

Over the summer a coalition of public interest groups representing more than 31 public interest organisations across Europe launched a fun and creative Take Action “photo initiative” to let governments know we want an Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals-Free Future.

This recent initiative is part of the EDC-Free Europe campaign set up in March this year by a diverse group of organisations with a common concern about endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and how they may be affecting our health. EDCs are linked to serious health conditions such as cancers, fertility problems, diabetes and obesity, and these chemicals are used in a wide range of everyday products and objects, including children’s toys, personal care, consumer and electronic products. They can also end up as residues on or contaminants in our food.

With an unacceptable delay by the EU Commission regarding its action on EDCs, including dropping immediate plans to publish EDC identification criteria in favour of an impact assessment of how the substances may be defined under the biocides and pesticides regulations, now is the time to join us in calling on the EU to come out with an ambitious plan to reduce and ultimately eliminate our exposure to EDCs.

In a nutshell, the Take Action, which is available in four languages via the EDC-Free Europe website or campaign partner websites is an interactive a way to involve individuals and encourage them to show why they are concerned about EDCs and where they wonder that EDCs might be lurking by uploading a photo to an online gallery here

By uploading a photo of an object or product with the tagline ‘Is this disrupting me?’ individuals can show the decision makers we all want certainty about our freedom from exposure to EDCs on a daily basis.

2013 is a crucial year for the EU to put important measures into practice. This campaign initiative aims to put pressure on the EU Commission so that our health and the environment are better protected.

For more information on the campaign and to become a campaign supporter please visit the EDC-Free website at

Last updated on 8 October 2013

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