ECHA proposes a restriction on decaBDE, a brominated flame retardant used in plastics and textiles

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has, at the request of the European Commission, submitted a report proposing a restriction on the manufacturing, use and placing on the market of bis(pentabromophenyl) ether (decaBDE), and on articles containing decaBDE in concentrations greater than 0.1% by weight. ECHA collaborated with the Norwegian Environment Agency throughout the drafting of…

Which products have been withdrawn, recalled or banned from the market in the EU in the last week (Published on: 27/02/2015)

In its weekly overview of its Rapid Exchange of Information System (RAPEX), the EU has produced the following report on the products that have recently been withdrawn, recalled or banned from the European market. The RAPEX system covers non-food products posing a risk to consumer health and safety, and highlights the commercial importance of product…

Using technology to improve textile recycling

The use of certain technologies in the sorting of end-of-life textiles could increase the amount of discarded clothing and textiles that is recycled in a financially viable way, according to a report from WRAP, Defra and Manchester Metropolitan University. The report builds on previous work on textile recycling commissioned by the Waste and Resources Action…

A new edition of BS EN 60065 – safety of electronic components – has been published.

BS EN 60065:2014 replaces BS EN 60065:2002+A12:2011 and constitutes a technical revision. What does the standard cover? BS EN 60065:2014 looks at the electronic safety principles and requirements of electronic components that protect people and equipment surroundings by reducing the risk of injury and damage caused by: electric shock excessive temperatures radiation implosion mechanical hazards…

Which products have been withdrawn, recalled or banned from the market in the EU in the last week (Published on: 20/02/2015)

In its weekly overview of its Rapid Exchange of Information System (RAPEX), the EU has produced the following report on the products that have recently been withdrawn, recalled or banned from the European market. The RAPEX system covers non-food products posing a risk to consumer health and safety, and highlights the commercial importance of product…

UN Global Compact expels 657 member companies for failing to produce reports on compliance for two consecutive years

The UN Global Compact recently announced that it has expelled 372 companies in the second half of 2014 for failure to produce reports on compliance for two consecutive years, bringing the total number of expelled companies in 2014 to 657[1]. Global Compact is a United Nations initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially…