At ChemSec, we like to think that Marketplace is pretty unique. Sure, there are other platforms that deal with safer chemicals or try to solve some problem related to toxic chemicals, but they’re mostly connected to a specific industry or locked behind a paywall and so forth.
The fast, non-academic, Do-It-Yourself advertisements of Marketplace, aiming to introduce safer chemicals in all sectors – completely for free – is not seen anywhere else.
We’re not saying this to talk down other “platforms”, we actually cooperate with many of them in varying degrees. We’re just proud of our inclusive approach, that’s all.
But talk is cheap. The real question of course is not what we think about Marketplace – it’s rather what the users think. So, to answer that question I’d like to share some facts and figures with you.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) just posted a request on Marketplace.
Why? One company has submitted an Application for Authorisation to ECHA in order to allow continued use of Trichloroethylene in the extraction process of caprolactam. The legislation states that an authorisation should only be granted if there are no safer alternatives available.
ECHA is therefore reaching out to solution providers here on Marketplace, urging them to submit information about their alternatives.
SINimilarity shows if a substance is structurally similar to a substance on the SIN List, which in turn indicated similar problematic properties. The aim is to help avoid substituting one problematic chemical with another.Go to SINimilairity
The Textile Guide walks you through the process of chemicals management from a textile industry perspective. You will learn to identify the relevant chemicals and find ideas on how to phase them out.Go to Textile Guide
The SIN (Substitute It Now!) List is a globally used database of chemicals likely to be banned or restricted in a near future, as we have selected them for fulfilling EU´s REACH ”Substances of Very High Concern” criteria.Go to SIN List
GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals is a method for comparative chemical hazard assessment. It can be used by anybody interested in assessing the inherent hazards of chemicals and their potential effect on human health and the environment.Go to GreenScreen
The Substitution Support Portal provides general information on substitution and hundreds of ”case stories”, examples of successful substitutions.Go to SUBSPORT
The OECD Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Toolbox (SAAT) is a compilation of resources relevant to chemical substitution and alternatives assessments.Go to OECD Substitution Toolbox (SAAT)
SIN Producers is a database of companies that are producing or importing the most hazardous chemicals in Europe. This information can be used for making sustainable investments, identifying companies with a product portfolio likely to be regulated.Go to SIN producers