Advising On Replacement Chemistry

advising on replacement chemistry 2Responsible chemical management is fast becoming an absolute requirement for any brand or retailer as part of a sustainable product offering. This is invariably placing pressure on upstream manufacturers to provide products that are produced in the absence of hazardous chemistry.

With the increasing efforts of the brands around restrictions of chemicals in manufacturing chemical substitution and replacement chemistry is a hotly discussed topic. Unfortunately, the ever evolving regulatory landscape and additional brand imposed restrictions does not always come hand in hand with a shower of ready-made replacement chemicals.

“Ideally green chemical alternatives should present similar supply chain costs, not be subject to additional regulatory pressures”

Green chemistry is a growing business with large investment assigned to research into the development of alternative, sustainable chemicals, replacement chemistry and technologies. The industries efforts to speed the adoption of this revolutionary and diverse discipline have already, and will continue to lead to significant environmental benefits, innovation and a strengthened assurance towards chemical safety.

Ideally green chemical alternatives should present similar supply chain costs, not be subject to additional regulatory pressures (such as those associated with nano-particles) and should not lead to significant comprises in terms of product performance.

It should be acknowledged that the ZDHC group has recently issued a new “research list” which outlines its research and development efforts to prioritise replacements for substances that currently do not have safer alternatives and that are restricted on its recently released MRSL. The reality, however, is that for some chemicals, substitutes could be many years away and for others compromises will be required.

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