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Companies weed out harmful chemicals


Clean Production Action’s 5th Annual Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) Report analysing the results of the CFP 2020 surve shows companies are identifying hazardous chemicals in products, packaging, manufacturing, and supply chains, and replacing them with safer alternatives.

Front-runners have senior management leadership and board level engagement in chemicals management. They publicly disclose their Restricted Substances List, calculate their footprint by mass and many have no chemicals of high concern in their reported products. Senior management in these companies have demonstrated their willingness to engage with stakeholders on the measures they are taking to know and reduce their chemical footprint.

These are the results of a survey by Clean Production Action. This is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to design and deliver strategic solutions for green chemicals, sustainable materials, and environmentally preferable products. Its tools, GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals and Chemical Footprint Project, simplify the complexity of substituting chemicals of concern to human health and the environment with green chemistry solutions. Disclosure leaders in the survey include Herman Miller, Seventh Generation and Walmart.

Toxic chemicals can cause a range of diseases that include cancer, diseases of the heart and lungs, and reproductive impairment. Prevention of these impacts is most effectively achieved by phasing out the use of toxic chemicals. The pandemic is a reminder that unseen things can cause great damage and that the single most effective strategy for safeguarding health and preventing disease is to prevent exposure.