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Not quite 100%: The importance of transparency in non-mechanical recycling

There is a gap between supply and demand when it comes to recycled materials. This report provides the results from a survey and in-depth interviews with several major consumer product brands (the demand side), regarding the current state of play for recycled plastics, as well as future needs and demands.

To the brands, the importance of supply chain transparency, stricter standards, and correct information regarding actual recycled content far outweigh the “100% recycled” labels that suppliers go out of their way to achieve.

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ChemScore 2021: Key Results

ChemScore, the annual ranking of the 50 largest global chemical companies based on their environmental impact and treatment of hazardous chemicals, sets the benchmark for a sustainable chemicals industry. This factsheet outlines the global rankings and methodology behind our scores, as well as some key case studies, differences between global regions, the human impacts of hazardous chemicals, and our recommendations to chemical companies and investors.

Unlock the market: Economic incentives for alternatives to hazardous chemicals

By implementing economic incentives in EU chemicals legislation that would support companies who are moving away from hazardous chemicals, EU policy makers could stimulate the transition of the market towards sustainability more efficiently.

In the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, the European Commission highlights that substitution of the most harmful substances has not occurred at the expected pace and that companies that are leading the way still encounter major economic and technical barriers. This report shows that this is because the current legislative system has disfavoured the market for alternatives.

Our view on Safe and Sustainable by Design criteria

Hazardous chemicals are a direct threat to human health and the environment and can therefore never be identified as safe and sustainable. The safe and sustainable by design criteria should be ambitious and comprehensive. However, in order to introduce the criteria as soon and efficiently as possible, the most important parameters should be included first.