Increased use of virgin materials and low recycling levels show that a circular economy is far from being realised. The presence of chemicals of concern in materials is an important reason for this. Mechanical recycling will remain the main recycling technology for the foreseeable future, which makes establish ing nontoxic waste streams the key to scaling up the circular economy.
The knowledge about the tens of thousands of industrial chemicals in commerce is still very limited. In most cases we lack even basic information about the hazards and risks, and no comprehensive system is in place to ensure protection from harm. This booklet highlights and describes the problem with toxics, from how to understand the risks to how to find the solutions, A key in a new strategy is the precautionary principle, which urges us to take early actions to prevent harmful effects even when relations between cause and effect are not fully scientifically proven.
Will the EU chemicals policy REACH help or hurt your company? Now is the time to get informed and get involved. This guide will give you the information you need to start making your voice heard in the debate – and show why your input is needed. In this report, you will find out about the specific ways you can gain from REACH, the concerns that some companies have expressed about the regulation, and the ways you can get involved in this important policy discussion.
Companies and businesses that could ultimately suffer the financial consequences of inadequate information about chemicals received little attention in the debate over the EU new chemicals legislation, REACH. Companies that are dependent on chemicals for their articles are convinced that they cannot afford not to have such information. In this publication ChemSec have given several companies and stakeholder organizations the opportunity to describe their motives for demanding stronger chemicals legislation.
This four page fact sheet answers ten basic questions about REACH – What is the problem with hazardous chemicals, what is REACH, what the industy says about it, how much it costs, if REACH can save money, what happens next etc. Here you can learn that it is estimated that there are 30,000 to 70,000 chemicals on the market, and that possible health benefits for the implementation of REACH have been estimated by the European Commission at €50 billion over 30 years, and outweigh the direct costs many times over.
This four page fact sheet states that the estimated costs for the chemical industry to implement REACH are less than a bar of chocolate, divided on all EU citizens. The estimated costs are €2.3 billion, which corresponds to around 50 cent per EU citizen per year. The benefits for wildlife and the environment have not been calculated in any of the studies. Surely 0.05% of the chemical industry’s annual cost is a small price to pay for better protection of wildlife and human health?