FOEA Emerging tech Project

Nano-ingredients in sunscreen: the need for regulation

Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Using sunscreen, along with protective clothing, a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and staying out of the sun in the middle of the day, is important to help reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. However, Friends of the Earth is concerned that some nano-ingredients in sunscreens may be doing more harm than good.

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Nanomaterials, sunscreens and cosmetics: small ingredients big risks

In one of the most dramatic failures of regulation since the introduction of asbestos, corporations around the world are rapidly introducing thousands of tonnes of nanomaterials into the environment and onto the faces and hands of hundreds of millions of people, despite the growing body of evidence indicating that nanomaterials can be toxic to humans and the environment.

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