ChemSec | Didn’t have time to read Global Chemicals Outlook II? Here are 6 things that caught our attention

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recently released its long-awaited report Global Chemicals Outlook II. The follow-up to the first report from 2013 offers, as the title suggests, a global overview of the issue of hazardous chemicals in the world and some projections of what the future may have in store.

The first report has been referred to over and over again in recent years, and this new edition will definitely be treated in the same way. But let’s be frank here, it is a brick of a report.

So in case you thought 722 pages was a bit long and didn’t have the time to read the whole thing, don’t worry. ChemSec has done it for you. Here are six interesting findings from the report that caught our attention.

1. Hazardous chemicals are harmful to our health and environment

2. The chemical industry continues to grow and Asia is taking over the market

3. Microplastics are literally everywhere – especially in the oceans

4. Fast fashion is speeding up textile production and e-waste is a big problem

5. The market for nanomaterials is skyrocketing



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