The European Commission (EC) issued a regulation banning all EU member states using nonylphenol ethoxylates in the sales of textile products (NPEs)
According to the Official Gazette, the revised (REACH) regulations from the present (2016) entered into force on February 2, then companies will have five years removed from their products and supply chain chemicals.This means that from February 3, 2021, the EU market of textile products should no longer contain NPEs.Could reasonably be expected at concentrations equal to or greater than 0.01% by weight of textile products or parts of the article may be in its normal life cycle in the water for cleaning.Its terminology called "textile products" (textile article) refers to "any unfinished, semi-finished or finished products according to their weight, comprising at least 80% of textile fibers, or a portion of the weight of any product containing at least 80% textile fibers, such as clothing, accessories, interior textiles, fibers, yarns, fabrics and knitted fabrics. "However, the restriction will not apply to second-hand textile articles with or without the use of NPE entirely from recycled textile production textile products.The initiative began in the EU member states to the (2015) agreed to take years to ban the chemical.NPE is widely used by the Greenpeace International report in the textile industry - Dirty Laundry 2: Hung Out to Dry in 2011- disclosed, they pointed out that the global supply of two brands of clothing textile factory in mainland China was found in wastewater emissions of toxic chemicals.Greenpeace also pointed out loopholes REACH chemical regulations in the European Union. Although NPE is banned within the EU textile products, but the EU does not prohibit the import of textile products containing NPE. NPE in the textile often used as a surfactant, and will decompose to form toxic nonylphenol (NP). Greenpeace noted that nonylphenol persistent chemical interference hormones, easy to accumulate in the food chain, even if the content is very low and there is still the risk of toxicity.