Flame retardants might as well be called “Everywhere Chemicals” because they are found far and wide, really anywhere you look. In carpets, mattresses, upholstered furniture, computers, television sets, cables, walls, car seats, clothing, animals, humans – you name it.
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.
What do Marketplace users think of the platform and how is it being used? Here are some hard numbers to answer those questions.
In May 2015, the Danish supermarket COOP completely stopped selling microwave popcorn. The shelves where it used to be were suddenly empty. Then in October the same year, it reappeared on the shelves. What had happened? Well, a case of successful chemical substitution had just happened.
When seeking alternative chemicals to integrate into a product or process, many factors must be considered that go beyond looking for a property match.
For some time now, chromium VI has perhaps been the most well-known toxic chemical in the world – largely because of the Hollywood movie Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts. That was over 20 years ago, but the problems have not stopped.
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Watch the webinar: Marketplace Watch yesterday’s webinar right here. Time stamps: 00:00 Introduction by Mike Schade, Mind the Store Campaign Director 04:40 Marketplace webinar, Jerker Ligthart, Marketplace Project Manager 29:05: Q&A (about 30 minutes) The slides from the webinar…
During its ten years of existence, the SIN (Substitute It Now!) List has been a useful source of information on hazardous chemicals that are likely to be restricted in the EU in the future. So far, the SIN List has focused solely on the bad options – what not to use – but due to ChemSec’s newest project Marketplace, it now also lists the safer alternatives.