Swedish Chemicals Agency Proposes Taxation on Hazardous Substances and Textile Chemicals

"What would a chemical tax on consumer goods look like? - With an example of clothes and shoes" the Swedish Chemicals Agency describes how a tax might be imposed on this group of products in order to diminish the use of hazardous chemicals and push for substitution and innovation in the chemical field.

The Agency drafted proposed principles that might be appropriate to be used to determine excise duties that could be the basis for a chemical tax on consumer products containing hazardous substances. The Agency tentatively suggests the following list of substances: phthalates, allergenic or carcinogenic dyestuffs and antibacterial agents. Those selected substances should each have appropriate methods for measurement.

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