Two years have passed since hazardous chemicals were given much-needed attention and closer scrutiny in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). Qhat has happened since then? Has the “new” DJSI had any actual effect?
The plasticiser diisononyl phthalate, DINP, was added to the SIN List back in 2008. It is one of a few chemicals that ChemSec has received requests to remove.
Some call the blacklist approach old fashioned and out-dated. Let’s focus on what you can use instead of what you cannot, they say. Following this train of thought it is tempting to just advocate getting rid of all blacklists and develop whitelists instead. But in fact, you need both, it is not a question of black or white. Let’s try and sort it out.
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.
October 10 we’re hosting a one-time SIN List webinar, with the project manager Dr. Anna Lennquist.
The top 10 weekend getaways, the 15 best white chardonnays or 25 ways to reuse common household items. It’s virtually impossible to scour the internet these days without coming across a list. They’re everywhere! I think their popularity is due to lists being easy to skim. Lists are a fast and digestible way to approach a wide range of topics.
Echa still claims that “all currently known relevant substances of very high concern (SVHCs) have been addressed”, a statement that has received much criticism.
Two years ago, a draft version of a report reviewing different initiatives for identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) was published. But, after receiving huge amounts of criticism from industry it fell into oblivion. Or so it seemed anyway. Now the final report has been launched.