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.
A year ago, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation started an internet campaign called Surfejs aiming to remove perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) from cosmetics. Until recently, five of these companies had announced that they would begin phasing out these toxic chemicals as soon as possible. Now, another company has announced that they will do the same thing.
ChemSec’s e-marketing platform for sustainable chemistry – Marketplace – is growing. Only a year into the development cycle, the first 50 advertisements for safer chemical alternatives are now online. A wide range of stakeholders in the chemical space recognizes the Marketplace’s potential, including the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the Swedish Government and Green Chemistry leaders in the USA. The business-to-business platform currently boasts everything from non-toxic water repellents for textiles to safe flame-retardants and alternative chrome plating.
There have been several scandals involving large companies’ use of hazardous substances in their products. And these are always very costly affairs. Especially in terms of environmental damage, but also in terms of economy and brand reputation. The latest in the row comes from New York, where the state has sued 3M and five other companies for causing “extensive contamination” to the nearby environment. The lawsuit is the first of its kind and aims to recover the costs incurred in cleaning up the contamination, which have amounted to almost $40 million.