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Substitution, replacing or phasing out, is known by many names. It simply means eliminating hazardous substances or replacing them with less hazardous alternatives.
Chemical substitution means finding a new, less chemically hazardous, solution for a certain process or product. The task could for example be replacing a hazardous substance or a hazardous chemical product with a less hazardous one.
The word “substitution” indicates that something is being replaced with something else. In terms of “chemical substitution”, the purpose is to stop using - phasing out – the substances that are particularly hazardous. This can also mean that the substance is removed without being replaced.
This is how we define chemical substitution at the Swedish Centre for Chemical Substitution:
Our mission is to support companies in the process of identifying hazardous substances and finding better alternatives by using the so-called staircase for substitution developed by the Swedish Chemicals Agency:
Step 1. Gather chemical content information
Learn more about substitution in practice in our Substitution guide