Ecotoxicity is the combined toxic effects of pollutants on living organisms (wildlife, aquatic organisms, plants, humans). Environmental pollutants can include pesticides, phthalates, dioxins, heavy metals and nanoparticles, to name a few.
What Can I Do On My Project?
• Consider how copper and water interact on your project.
Copper is extremely toxic to aquatic organisms. Minimize copper pipe corrosion and avoid copper cladding on building exteriors near aquatic habitats.
• Specify Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS)-compliant controls, wire, cable, electronic and electrical equipment, including lighting fixtures.
The European RoHS restricts the use of six hazardous materials (including mercury, lead, and cadmium) in the manufacture of electronic and electrical equipment.
• Employ the precautionary principle when considering products with nanoparticle technology.
The small particle size might increase potential exposure routes in people and animals. While the safety of nanotechnology is a topic of ongoing research, many products using nanotechnology are introduced each year.
• Set tight goals for electricity use.
Heavy metals are released when coal is burned, so each kilowatt hour saved is a reduction in emissions of ecotoxins.
• Ask product reps about PVC-free options.
Many manufacturers offer PVC-free alternatives to exterior components, interior finishes, piping, conduit, electrical cable and wire jacketing.
• Align with a goal for human health.
Health impacts on environment and humans are interconnected.