Safe and sustainable substitutes for substances of very high concern

Safe and sustainable substitutes for substances of very high concern

The demand for safe and sustainable alternatives to substances of very high concern (SVHC) is rapidly increasing. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research develops fully-fledged alternatives based on biomass that are harmless to humans and the environment.

Society and industry require safe alternatives for ‘substances of very high concern’. End users ask for substances without risks for people and the environment, and the EU is actively encouraging a reduction in the use of SVHC. Examples include brominated flame retardants, phthalate plasticisers, solvents, antimicrobial agents, parabens and UV stabilisers. Some bulk chemicals, such as phenol and isocyanates, are also known as SVHC.

New green routes

Together with industrial partners, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research develops alternative chemicals for SVHC that can be produced sustainably from biomass and are safe by design. Leveraging on our knowledge, expertise and research facilities, we develop new green routes which offer companies promising options for replacing SVHC. We are also active in the synthesis, chemical characterisation and evaluation of alternative chemicals. In addition to screening the technical functionalities, we also identify potential harmful effects at an early stage together with third parties or other institutes within Wageningen University & Research.

From two-component resins to plasticisers

Technology for sustainable chemicals that are safe for producers, employees and consumers is developed in various projects:

Change is possible

There are many options available to replace the long list of SVHC with safe and sustainable alternatives. Together with Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, change is possible. Like to know more about the possibilities? Contact us for an exploratory interview and we will be delighted to discuss the options with you.

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