Marketplace is proud to present three new collaborations that have taken shape during the summer. Together, they will increase both the visibility and availability of safer chemical alternatives on the market.
Today, Marketplace doubles the number of safer alternatives presented on the platform. The dramatic increase of advertisements will make safer chemical alternatives more visible to companies looking to substitute hazardous chemicals in their products or processes.
“This means that Marketplace users will have more alternatives to choose from and get a more complete picture of safer alternatives available on the market”, says Dr. Jonatan Kleimark, Marketplace Project Manager at ChemSec.
ChemSec and the ZDHC Foundation (ZDHC) announce a collaboration to find safer alternatives for chemistry used in textile and leather manufacturing, in order to eliminate hazardous substances. A core element of this joint effort is that ZDHC will publish the ZDHC MRSL Candidate List on ChemSec’s business-to-business platform, Marketplace.
PFOA will be restricted from July 4, 2020 in the EU. This means that from then on it will be illegal to manufacture and sell the substance and to use it in production or as an ingredient in products, including imported goods. So, if you haven’t done it already, you need to stop using PFOA and find an alternative.
ChemSec has launched a corporate initiative to end the use of PFAS in products and supply chains. Six companies have so far joined the movement, including fashion giant H&M and multinational home improvement company Kingfisher, since the initiative was announced in the EU Parliament in February.
Not long ago, you had to be a working chemist to understand if there were potentially hazardous chemicals in a product. Nowadays, you don’t have to. With the help of apps and other digital tools, products are now immediately red-flagged as unsafe choices. Amit Rosner runs the self-funded project Clearya, which helps consumers choose safer cosmetics and personal care products.
Everywhere we go we are bombarded with advertisements encouraging us to improve our looks with makeup and personal care products. If it’s not a shampoo that will give extra volume to your hair, it’s a skin lotion that will make your skin velvety smooth, a lip stick that won’t smudge or a concealer that will hide all your blemishes. But beneath the pretty surface, cosmetics and personal care products hide an ugly secret.
Most of the time it feels like chemical regulation is moving at a snail’s pace. But eventually the hazardous chemicals make it all the way through the legislative system and face restriction. And when they do, companies need to make sure they have everything in order for when the restriction enters into force.
The textile chemicals produced at Beyond Surface Technologies feel the same and act the same as the hazardous chemicals they are designed to replace. However, the Swiss company’s products come with a big red cherry on top.
The millennials are taking over the chemical industry workforce, and with them come new demands. Like other sectors have done already, the chemical industry needs to go online and join the digital revolution. To maintain competitiveness, businesses must ensure that their organisations are ready to meet the new digital needs of customers and not lag behind.