Denmark: Ikea to hault worldwide use of EDCs
16 Jan 2012
criticism from the
Danish Consumer Council (DCC) IKEA personal care products no
longer contain any of the 17 endocrine disrupting
chemicals (EDCs), found on the EU list of EDCs allowed in
cosmetics and personal care products. The DCC hopes that other
manufacturers will follow IKEA.
The DCC is working hard to get EDCs out of consumer products. It
is especially these 17 substances, including parabens, which have
the attention of the DCC. The Council calls for a ban, because of
the endocrine disrupting effects of the substances.
IKEA has repeatedly been criticised by the DCC because their
family-friendly Christmas series Snöfall and the entire NJUTA care
series included several of the 17 substances.
Previously, IKEA did not want to remove the substances from the
products, but now the company has chosen to phase out the 17
substances in their personal care products.
CSR manager at IKEA, Jonas Engberg, says that as part of the
regular product development review, they evaluate their products to
see they can be improved.
"Because of this review none of our personal care products
contain any of the 17 substances on the Danish Consumer Council's
list. We are happy that we managed to find some good
alternatives," says Jonas Engberg.
The phase-out applies globally, and will therefore benefit
consumers worldwide. However, consumers can still encounter the old
products on the shelves at IIKEA, until there are no more old
products in stock. IKEA has not recalled the old products.
"We insist that our old products are perfectly acceptable
and legitimate," says Jonas Engberg.
IKEA leads the way
"At the DCC we are pleased. IKEA is the first global
manufacturer to phase out the substances. It is a right and
important decision that IKEA has taken", says Claus Jørgensen,
Senior Environmental Officer at the DCC, and continues:
"As a global player, IKEA shows that it is possible to produce
cosmetics and personal care products without EDCs. Many consumers
are go to IKEA, and they can now buy personal care products without
having to worry exposure to EDCs."
The campaign continues
The Danish Consumer Council has already exported the campaign to
Poland, Switzerland and most recently Norway, and hopefully the
fine achievements of these countries can be used to convince other
consumer organizations in other countries to make similar
"The pressure from consumers in many countries could help to
get the international companies to rethink their strategies and
phase out EDCs like IKEA has done. Until now, the big cosmetic
companies have not done anything about the EDCs, but if they feel
the pressure from consumers around the world, then we have a chance
of them changing behavior", says Claus Jørgensen.
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