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A Toxics-Free Future


Market analysis of some mercury-containing products and their mercury-free alternatives in selected regions

The goal of this project was to gather and analyze information related to the availability, suitability and cost of mercury-containing versus mercury-free mass products in developing countries (DCs) and countries with economies in transition (CiTs). In order to have a broad picture of the global situation, two countries were selected to represent each of four UN regions:

  • Africa: Kenya, Senegal
  • Asia: China, India
  • Eastern Europe: Kyrgystan, Russia
  • Latin America: Brazil, Mexico

In each of these countries local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) carried out the survey in two or more selected major cities according to prepared questionnaires.

The study gives an overview about selected mercury-containing products and their mercury free alternatives in the above specified countries. The following widely-used consumer products were considered under this approach:

  • thermometers and blood pressure meters used in hospitals and medical practices,
  • thermometers for use in the home,
  • skin-lightening products,
  • common batteries and
  • dental materials used for restoring teeth.

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