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When is it justified to use very hazardous chemicals?

In which products and processes can we accept the use of toxic substances? This is a burning hot question in the chemicals policy debate. The Chemical Strategy acknowledges the urgency to speed up the phaseout of hazardous chemicals, and one important step in that direction is to allow the most harmful chemicals only for “essential use”.

What goes around

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.

5 aspects that the Chemical Strategy must include

Numerous reports have highlighted the importance of tackling the problem of hazardous chemicals and stressed the fact that it is an urgent matter. As part of the European Green Deal, the EU Commission will present a Chemical Strategy for Sustainability. Here are five important aspects that need to be included in the strategy.

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Replacing Phthalates

This report has been written to provide an overview of a group of chemicals that is gaining more and more attention – phthalates. Without drowning you in details, it describes why, where and how phthalates are used and offers guidance on how to substitute them for safer alternatives.

A fresh coat of paint on the analysis of alternatives

On 7 March 2019, the European Court of Justice annulled an authorisation granted under REACH. For the first time, the court looked at the legality of an authorisation and more specifically on how to assess the availability of safer alternatives. Even if the ruling doesn’t provide an answer to all problems connected with European chemicals legislation, it does carve out a few lessons to be learned. For this reason, ChemSec and ClientEarth joined forces in a new report that aims to analyse the judgement and translate it into concrete actions for the future.

The Missing Piece – Chemicals in Circular Economy

This ChemSec publication highlights the piece that has been missing in the circular economy debate – hazardous chemicals. Designing and manufacturing products to be recycled is great, but without proper attention to chemicals, circular economy will never work.

Lost at SEA*

This ChemSec report analyses the socio-economic analysis that forms part of the REACH Authorisation process and argues that the current practices in preparing them do not yield satisfying results. In some cases, the procedure even threatens the aim of REACH.