“BelHazCampaign” is here to raise awareness about the issue of hazardous chemicals found in products and to take joint action and start a systematic campaign about this topic in Belarus.
Our aim is to campaign for every consumer to be able to make an informed and better choice about everyday-products. We have selected very widely used everyday products such as cosmetics, baby care products, toys, household chemicals, construction materials and car care products as examples to explain which hazardous substances could be found in them, what could be their adverse health effects and how they could be avoided.
We rarely think about it, but everyone is continuously exposed to a high variety of chemicals. They are for example in our toothpaste, shampoo, clothing, kitchenware, furniture and even children’s toys. Some of these chemicals may be hazardous and could cause damage to our health and the environment.
People are often insufficiently informed about the occurrence of hazardous substances in products and in production processes as well as their right to ask questions about the content of hazardous chemicals in products and therefore choose products with less hazardous chemicals. Although the concentration of hazardous chemicals in products may be very low, we come in contact and use very many different products every day. Therefore we come in contact with small amounts of hazardous chemicals over a long period of time and the combined effect of such continuous exposure to different chemical cocktails and the adverse effects on our health and environment are not yet fully known.
What can you do?
We as consumers are also responsible for the existence of hazardous substances in our products and their emissions to our living and natural environment. We have the power to change the market demand by making better choices and exert pressure on companies manufacturing these products.