The phase-out of substances of concern from new materials would entail billions of Euros in business opportunities. We need to recycle more, but have to consider chemical safety alongside increased recycling rates. And the presence of hazardous chemicals in recycled materials prevents the upscaling of circular economy.
“Our analysis shows that if problematic chemicals were more efficiently addressed, the market for recycled materials would increase. Even a small increase of 10% in the recycling of plastic packaging would correspond to an annual increase in EU market value of €2.6 billion”, says Anne-Sofie Bäckar, Executive Director at ChemSec.
In mid-January, we at ChemSec arranged our third workshop on recycled material and chemicals. This time, the topic was plastics in electronics.
Most companies in the chemical industry seem to have been flying under the radar of most investors and divestment campaigns, at least in regard to toxic chemicals. Let’s see for how much longer.
In November, ChemSec gathered representatives from 12 well-known brands and recyclers to talk about circular economy and plastic packaging, to explore new perspectives and ideas necessary to create a circular economy.
ChemSec aims to expand the business advisory team and we need you who can help us develop our work within Circular Economy to take a more active part in the pan-European discussion regarding the importance of phasing out hazardous chemicals!
The ChemScore ranking, which scores the world’s top chemical producers on their work to reduce their hazardous chemical footprint, will have a new iteration in 2021. And starting right now, access to the existing 2020 version is free of charge.
Här får du en unik chans att lära dig vad som händer politiskt just nu, vilka dom största utmaningarna är och hur man som företag kan jobba med frågan. H&M Group bidrar med praktiska erfarenheter kring hur de jobbar med PFAS.
All the brands that have joined the movement share the same ultimate goal: policy makers should regulate PFAS efficiently, without the possibility for manufacturers to simply swap one PFAS chemical for an unregulated “cousin”.
A couple of weeks ago, we brought together consumer-facing textile brands and producers of recycled materials. The goal was to initiate a constructive dialogue on the topic and to give a broader understanding of the textile industry’s needs when it comes to making circular economy a reality.