Small science - big questions! -nanotechnology toxins
The Royal Society of London has stated that nanotechnology chemicals should be defined as new chemicals, because they cannot be compared with the chemicals they are derived from. Nanotechnology toxins are abundant in Personal Care products, which is largely an unregulated industry. Download Friends of the Earth's PDF –an excellent breakdown of their use, with lists of companies who use them in everything from cosmetics, to body and hair care.
Nanotechnology is being heralded as the basis of the next industrial revolution, yet, amidst the hype there are serious questions about the health, environmental and social impacts of this powerful new technology. The FoE nano project aims to catalyse debate on what is set to be one of the defining issues of our time.
The new nano technologies are potentially so powerful that we have an urgent need to understand them, and to make sure that they are developed in the public interest. This site aims to provide general information about nanotechnology developments and implications. It includes writings and briefings from Friends of the Earth, as well as reference materials from other organisations and news.
For a basic intro to nanotechnology - what it is and how it works, click here.
For the Friends of the Earth policy on nanotechnology, click here.