2 Oct 2018
Hairspray Products Become Subject of Danish Investigation
According to its announcement, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency's Chemicals Inspectorate investigated approximately 200 hairspray products from around 160 different brands, for any content of fluorinated greenhouse gas HFC-152a.
The use of fluorinated greenhouse gases is regulated at the EU level, as these gases typically have very long lifetimes in the atmosphere and high global warming potentials. Despite the EU rules, Denmark has introduced even more stringent restrictions, with the aim of further reducing fluorinated greenhouse gas emissions. Such rules include a prohibition to use fluorinated greenhouse gases, including the substance HFC 152a, in spray products.
The products investigated were sold in brick-and-mortar stores of major retail chains and hairdressers. In addition, the investigation also specifically targeted less traditional online stores.
The results of the investigation revealed that the Danish prohibition is being complied with in the vast majority of cases. Out of the 200 or so products investigated, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency Chemicals Inspectorate found only 10 products which contained fluorinated greenhouse gas HFC-152a.
In the context of this investigation, just one importer was ordered to withdraw its products from the Danish market.