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.
In mid-October, I will travel to Mumbai to speak at the 2019 Industrial Green Chemistry World (IGCW) convention organised by the Green ChemisTree Foundation. Its aim is to take the technical know-how of green chemistry out of the laboratories and into the factories. Since the goal of Marketplace is to gather all safer alternatives available on the market in one single place and connect supply with demand, it’s a perfect match.
Marketplace just reached 200 advertisements. For that reason, we thought we would share some numbers with you. Read this article written by our Business Developer Alice Hyllstam to find out who the buyers and suppliers are, where they’re located and what they’re interested in.
The mounting evidence against PFAS has surpassed the sole awareness of the scientific community, and today many regular citizens are aware of this problematic group of chemicals. This begs the question: If PFAS are that bad, how on earth can they still be allowed?