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MacGyver wouldn’t approve of the so-called innovation principle

Innovation was on everyones’ lips last week following a vote in the EU parliament that ushered in the so-called Innovation Principle for the first time in an official EU text. At a glance – the Innovation Principle looks great. I mean, who doesn’t like innovation? It’s only when you look a bit closer at it that the cracks start to appear.

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Substitute It Now… with this

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.

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Four approaches to substitution your company should start considering

As the managing director of a SME with its own sustainable technology I spend a lot of time thinking about how to achieve successful green substitution and about what the constituents of this process are. I recently got a chance to bounce my own ideas off others when I took part in a Chemical Watch seminar in Copenhagen. During the seminar two things stood out for me.

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Alternative providers need exposure if substitution is to become more than a buzzword

I think that dating sites manifest one of the best and most intrinsic qualities of the internet: to connect people. And of course, this quality can be used for more than dating and finding a new partner – it can also be used to speed up the transition from hazardous chemicals to safer alternatives.