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‘Dating site’ for safer chemicals launched

A new online service has been launched to help businesses find environmentally-sound alternatives to the hazardous chemicals used in their products and processes.

A new online service has been launched to help businesses find environmentally-sound alternatives to the hazardous chemicals used in their products and processes.

The Marketplace has been launched by ChemSec, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to working towards a toxic free environment.

The “dating site” matches industry requirements for chemicals to safer alternatives available on the market, helping companies to future-proof their chemicals management. It will also provide step-by-step guidance on substitution and regulatory news.

The tool has been developed in collaboration with a range of leading businesses such as Adidas, B&Q, Boots, Apple, Sony and Ikea.

Visibility

The visibility of safer alternatives to more traditionally used toxic chemicals has been “low” until now, ChemSec stated. 

“There already exist a number of initiatives and projects that can guide companies in identifying problematic chemicals in their products, but very few of these show the way forward – what to replace the unwanted chemicals with”, said Anne-Sofie Andersson, executive director at ChemSec.

“The Marketplace provides both a unique market opportunity for producers of safer alternatives, as well as a one-stop shop for progressive companies looking to substitute hazardous chemicals in their products.”

Early adopters 

Safer alternatives are offered in the form of ads created by companies. Some leading chemical producers, such as Clariant, Chemours and Valspar, are already on board and have created product ads.

Clothing retailer H&M is already using the tool to find an alternative for one of its products, with more expected to follow.