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

Dollar Tree joins Chemical Footprint Project

U.S. discount retailer Dollar Tree joins Chemical Footprint Project; survey results to be published in project’s 4th annual report in 3rd quarter of 2019

Safer materials for food packaging

Report by venture capital fund Safer Made identifies innovation needs for safer food packaging, aims to connect companies and investors

OECD urges restricted substances list for plastics

OECD report suggests establishing global list of restricted substances for plastics manufacturing in order to ‘support quality and consistency in recycling’

Reports on substitution and alternatives assessment

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publishes two reports; review approaches to support alternatives assessment and substitution of chemicals of concern

ECHA’s plan for substitution activities in 2019

European Chemical Agency plans to hold several substitution-related events, demonstrate alternatives analyses, publish alternatives data from authorization applications, update substitution strategy

TMBPF as BPA alternative for coating epoxies

Article in Chemical Watch discusses tetramethyl bisphenol F as an alternative monomer to produce bisphenol-based epoxies without endocrine activity

Washington State: Alternatives assessment for PFASs in FCMs

U.S. state Washington to start alternatives assessment for per- and polyfluorinated substances in paper food packaging; deadline for comments on assessment proposal is December 4, 2018

New U.S. organization for alternatives assessment

Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment established in the U.S., aims to ‘enhance the science of alternatives assessment, advance informed substitution’ of hazardous chemicals

2018 retailer ranking published

Non-profit organization Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families releases annual retailer report card; restaurant chains make insufficient efforts to remove hazardous chemicals from food packaging