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A lot of chemical substances are used to produce our products, such as plastics, paints, cleaning products, cosmetics, and food. Nowadays, approximately 1,500 different chemicals, that are present in consumer products of our everyday's life, are known to be toxic either to humans or to the environment.

In May 2011 after the publication of the law by members of parliament forbidding both the manufacturing and the retail of products containing parabens, phtalates, and alkylphenols, the European Commission of Social Affairs of the National Assembly voted for an additional restriction in order to ban the manufacturing of any food packaging containing bisphenol A (BPA).

Furthermore, according to the REACH directive, companies have to register chemical substances they produce or use in their products with the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) to demonstrate that the conventional use of their substances poses no risk to humans and the environment.

A French decree No. 2011-321 concerning the label of manufactured products, foresees that from 01 January 2012, any affected product placed on the market has to be labelled with emission classes: past manufacturing, the products have to be tested according to ISO 16000 for 28 days and the results have to be calculated considering those of the European Reference Chamber. This regulation resembles two other French laws dealing with the emissions of CMR (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Toxic to Reproduction) substances.

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