Parabens are still commonly used, but the market has started to shift away from them. to replace parabens, either less hazardous preservatives can be used, or changes in production and packaging can eliminate the need for preservatives. ChemSec urges companies to speed-up the phase-out of parabens, consumers to ask for alternatives and eu policy-makers to act on the current scientific knowledge and regulate the use of these substances.
SUBSPORT is a multilingual free-of-charge web portal that aims to be the first entry point for anyone interested in substituting hazardous chemicals. It constitutes a state-of-the-art resource on safer alternatives and is a source of information on alternative substances and technologies, as well as tools and guidance for substance evaluation and substitution management.
As new information emerges on the potential dangers of hazardous chemicals, and as consumer awareness grows, individual companies are waking up to the implications for their brand image and overall competitiveness. This report takes a closer look at various aspects of substitution and describes the substitution efforts of progressive businesses, some of them in the ChemSec Business Group.