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Klaipeda University – Lithuanian exhibition, EkoLOGIKA focuses on EDCs, personal health and well-being

Dr. Indrė Butienė of Klaipeda University (below: fourth from left) recently participated at the first-ever exhibition forum entitled EkoLOGIKA, devoted to the quality of used good, responsible consumerism and consumption, preventive health care, chemically clean household and business environments.

The forum was organised by the Baltic Environmental Forum Lithuania (BEF LT) action group ‘Think before you buy’ and took place at the Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO on 6-8 of November in Lithuania. The main aim of the exhibition and forum was to raise awareness about the effects of EDCs on the public and personal health and well-being.

The forum was dedicated to presenting research data after volunteers had been tested for endocrine disrupting chemicals EDCs in their blood as well as in dust samples of their home. A cocktail of 15 out of 28 dangerous chemical substances tested were found in the blood samples of all volunteers. EDCs were found in all dust samples.

Volunteers, who participated in the motion and discussion were highly concerned about the unexpected test result. Experts including Laura Stančė, BEF LT chemical expert, Dr. Robertas Badaras, Head of Toxicology centre, Vilnius Republic University Hospital toxicologist, Dr. Indrė Butienė , paediatric pulmonologist-allergologist, and HEAL Member and Executive Committee Member, discussed the harmful effects of EDCs, especially phthalates, perfluorinated and reducing the flammability compounds. They also focused on the issue of regulation of the use of EDCs in everyday life.

Lectures for students of higher education were a popular part of the two day forum (more than 800 students participated) with topics including hazardous chemical substances, such as EDCs.

Originally posted on 14 November 2014

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