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Traffic Light Labelling

By Golfrefugees

TRAFFIC LIGHT LABELLING Golf Refugees have made a formal submission to the EU to consider a proposal for adopting voluntary traffic light labelling on sports apparel.

Earlier this year the EU admitted that its regulatory system currently fails to take into account the chemical cocktail effect to which we are exposed when assessing the safety of chemicals, as it is mainly based on a single substance approach.

After testing sports apparel this summer the EU concluded the risk increases particularly with sport shirts as they are often used during perspiration inducing activities and come into direct contact with the skin. Sweat and movement friction can facilitate the migration of hazardous substances from the fabric to our skin.

Your skin is your largest organ. It has a surface area of around 2 square meters, its thickness varies from 0.5 mm to over 4 mm and it accounts for around 16% of your body weight.

The proposed traffic light system would provide consumers with an easy to read label. Specifying high, med and low content levels for the most widely used heavy metals and chemicals in the manufacture of sports apparel.

Please let Golf Refugees and the EU know your thoughts.
Be aware of what you wear.


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