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Denmark wants to remove toxic chemicals from everyday products

Denmark wants to remove toxic chemicals from everyday products

The government has proposed to invest more than EUR 40.8 million in the fight against harmful substances

Every day, we come into contact with countless chemicals. Without even realising it, we expose ourselves to substances that are harmful, toxic, and dangerous.

That is, the majority of us are completely unaware of the chemicals that exist in the food and hygiene products that we use on a daily basis. Similarly, parents do not know what type of chemicals can be found in the textiles and plastics that are used to make their children’s toys.

Understanding how dangerous this can be, the Danish government has decided to take concrete action. On 30 August, the Ministry of the Environment reported that it has proposed to set aside DKK 304 million (over EUR 40.8 million) for the fight against harmful chemicals.

Ensuring the health and safety of citizens

The aforementioned sum would be put towards efforts in both Denmark and the EU over the next four years. What is more, it will be used for research into biocides: chemical substances that destroy and deter unwanted organisms. Examples of biocidal products include disinfectants, mosquito repellents, wood preservatives, etc.

Minister of the Environment Lea Wermelin explained that the launch of such an initiative is imperative, noting: “There must be no harmful substances in the products that we surround ourselves with, and therefore the chemistry effort is absolutely crucial for a safe everyday life for all of us and for the more vulnerable groups such as the children.”

Greener cities and cleaner air

Earlier this year, the Danish government presented its “Closer to Green Cities and a Capital in Development” initiative. More specifically, it outlined 19 measures to accelerate Denmark’s green transition and revitalise the capital.

Among these measures, the government proposed to allow a number of municipalities to introduce zero-emission zones and impose bans on old wood-burning stoves in areas with collective heat supply. Now, the government has shared that it will contribute DKK 252 million (over EUR 33.8 million) to finance these initiatives.

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