EU bans on NPE

- May 23, 2017 -

Nonylphenol polyoxyethylene ether (NPE) is often used as a surfactant in textile production and is rapidly decomposed into nonylphenol (NP) when discharged into the environment. Nonylphenol (NP) is a recognized environmental hormone that mimics estrogen, affects the sexual development of organisms and interferes with the endocrine and toxicity of the reproductive system. At the same time, Nonylphenol (NP) can accumulate in the organism through the food chain, so research shows that even if the concentration of emission is very low, it is very harmful.


Recently, the European Union has passed the NPE ban, which is to disable NPE (nonylphenol polyoxyethylene ether) in textiles. The ban came into effect in August 2015, after the implementation, the NPE concentration is greater than the equivalent of $number (100ppm) of textiles will be banned in the EU market after the transition period. NPE is a nonionic surfactant, which is synthesized from nonylphenol and ethylene oxide condensation. As a recognized environmental hormone worldwide, in the textile, the NPE can be washed into the water environment with the first to second time of the consumer, which decomposes the more toxic NP (nonylphenol), which accumulates in the fish, affects its breeding, growth, and enlarges through the food chain, thus affecting human health. In fact, the European Union banned the use of NPE in textile production as early as 10 years ago.

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