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Flame retardants – a constant hot topic

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.

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ECHA is looking for an alternative!

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.

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The Danish Popcorn Revolution of 2015

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.

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Video: Marketplace Webinar

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…

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Substitute It Now… with this

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.