Report surveys brands, retailers on plastic packaging shift

Green Alliance report surveys retailers and brands on shift away from plastic packaging, finds concerns surrounding potential impacts of alternative materials; calls made for increased transparency and standardization in assessing and communicating impacts, addressing throw-away society

Enhancing substitution of hazardous chemicals

Danish report investigates European efforts to substitute hazardous chemicals on the national level; provides recommendations for companies, organizations, and agencies to improve substitution efforts

Retailer report card on chemical safety

‘Mind the Store’ campaign publishes updated report scoring 43 major North American retailers on their actions to remove toxic chemicals from their products; finds improvement over past year in 63% of companies reviewed, focus has been on eliminating PFAS, ortho-phthalates, and bisphenols from products

2019 Chemical Footprint Project survey results

Survey reports an increase in participation to 31 businesses, improved chemicals management score from 53 to 67%; 209’000 metric tons hazardous chemicals removed from businesses over past four years

Four new SVHCs proposed

EU member states propose four new substances for inclusion on REACH Candidate list of substances of very high concern for Authorization; all substances relevant for food contact

ChemSec to host SIN List event

NGO plans full day event in Brussels to launch major update to Substitute It Now (SIN) List; new substances and substance categories to be added

Report on transition to safer chemicals

EU Directorate General for Environment publishes Chemicals Innovation Action Agenda setting out priority action areas to scale investment and innovation in safer chemicals; reviews experiences from ‘frontrunner companies’ and lessons learned in substituting substances

Report to accelerate ‘safe-by-design’ concept

Group of experts submit report to European Commission, aim to advance integration of ‘safe-by-design’ chemical and material innovation in upcoming Horizon Europe research program

Major retailers set chemical innovation priorities

Retail Leadership Council issues statement outlining priority product categories and chemical classes for safer chemical alternatives in products, sets roadmap for increasing transparency for data sharing between businesses and with consumers

EU elections: NGOs call for action on chemicals

European NGOs publish manifestos ahead of EU parliamentary elections calling for action on a range of issues including exposure to hazardous chemicals, EDCs, and a clean circular economy