Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
. Space Industry and Business News .




TECH SPACE
Outdoor wear often coated in harmful chemicals: Greenpeace
by Staff Writers
Berlin (AFP) Oct 29, 2012


Outdoor clothing from top manufacturers is frequently contaminated with chemicals that are harmful to health and the environment, Greenpeace warned Monday.

The environmental group said in a study that the materials that make many clothing items useful in wind, rain and snow are also toxic.

"Images of pristine nature are often used for advertising outdoor clothing. But nature does not remain untouched by the chemicals in weather-resistant fabrics," it said.

"All over the world, from secluded mountain lakes and Arctic polar ice to deep in the oceans, traces can be found of perfluorinated and polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs), pollutants with properties that are harmful to the environment and health."

Greenpeace said it had tested 14 rain jackets and rain trousers for women and children from top brands such as Jack Wolfskin, Vaude, North Face, Marmot, Patagonia and Adidas for PFCs and found that each sample was contaminated.

It said that some PFCs were known endocrine disruptors and harmful to the reproductive system.

"Most brand name manufacturers use PFCs so that we stay dry in our outdoor wear, inside and outside," Greenpeace said.

"But these man-made compounds of carbon and fluorine are so stable that they can hardly be removed from the environment, if at all."

The group launched its international Detox campaign in 2011 calling on textile manufacturers to replace hazardous chemicals used in production with safe alternatives, and on governments to step up regulation.

.


Related Links
Space Technology News - Applications and Research






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





TECH SPACE
French Magpie start-up leaches gold from water with modern alchemy
Saint-Pierre-Les-Nemours, France (AFP) Oct 28, 2012
A small French start-up company is selling a technology with a hint of alchemy: turning water into gold. It does so by extracting from industrial waste water the last traces of any rare - and increasingly valuable - metal. "We leave only a microgramme per litre," according to Steve van Zutphen, a Dutchman who founded Magpie Polymers last year with a fellow 30-year old Frenchman Etienne ... read more


TECH SPACE
Outdoor wear often coated in harmful chemicals: Greenpeace

French Magpie start-up leaches gold from water with modern alchemy

U.S. unveils new supercomputer

Google unveils large tablet, revamped Nexus lineup

TECH SPACE
Completion of FCSA Demonstrates Shift In Government Thinking for SATCOM Procurement

Raytheon awarded contract from US Army to produce and upgrade airborne radios

ONR to Dial Up Faster Data for the Marines

$15M order for Harris tactical radios

TECH SPACE
SpaceX capsule completes successful first mission

S. Korea sets new window for rocket launch

Pleiades 1B joins its launcher at the Spaceport for Arianespace's Soyuz mission in November

S. Korea readies third bid to join global space club

TECH SPACE
Telit Introduces LTE Module Expanding Automotive Product Line with 4G for North American and European Markets

China launches another satellite for independent navigation system

Trimble Adds Boom Height Control to its Field-IQ Crop Input Control System

New INRIX Traffic App for Android Provides Relief from Soaring Gas Prices

TECH SPACE
China Southern 3Q profits tumble 29 percent

Youngest Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Achieves 50 Years of Service

'Frankenstorm' disrupts US-bound flights from Britain

Hurricane Sandy grounds 12,000 US flights

TECH SPACE
Japan's Renesas books $1.18 bn quarterly loss

New finding could pave way to faster, smaller electronics

Quantum computing with recycled particles

Boeing, Samsung Electronics to Explore Joint Technology Research and Development

TECH SPACE
Satellite images tell tales of changing biodiversity

Google adds terrain to Maps as default

Rapid changes in the Earth's core: The magnetic field and gravity from a satellite perspective

Landsat Science Team to Help Guide Next Landsat Mission

TECH SPACE
China protesters wary after chemical plant victory

EU takes Italy back to court over illegal landfills

New methods might drastically reduce the costs of investigating polluted sites

Pollution row strangles Italian steel giant ILVA




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement