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Substitution and chemical management

The RISE activities within research, networking and analysis aim to enable substitution of hazardous chemicals in products and processes into less hazardous alternatives. This ensures a non-toxic everyday life for people and a non-toxic material flow in the new circular economy.

The goal of our work on methodology for substitution and chemical management is to avoid the occurrence of unwanted substances in processes and products. We work together with the industry, authorities, other researchers and stakeholders to reduce the negative effects for people and the environment that chemicals cause today. This is achieved through improved chemical handling, and substitution of hazardous substances into less hazardous, where possible. In the process of phasing out unwanted substances, it is important to ensure the technical function of products and processes and see to that the alternative is sustainable, so-called informed substitution.

Examples of RISE offers:

  • The Chemicals Group at RISE is a network built in 2005 with today over 140 member companies within the textile and electronics industry offering support in terms of tools, network and consultation.
  • Normpack is a network of 180 member companies supporting the management of food contact materials and the requirements and rules that ensures safe materials in food containers.
  • The Centre for Chemical Substitution is the guide for Swedish companies in identifying unnecessary hazardous substances and finding better alternatives in everything from products to processes. 
  • In our laboratories we have the opportunity to perform chemical analysis of textile materials and certify according to the OEKO-Tex® standard 100 and STeP, which is a world-leading label for textiles.
  • The substitution tool, identification of alternatives to unwanted chemicals. RISE has developed an effective substitution tool to easily screen a broad database of substances and their properties (toxicity, solution properties, fragrance, price, irritation, etc.) and select the most promising ones to solve complex substitution challenges.

Contact person

Nina Melander

Rådgivare Substitutionscentrum

+46 10 516 52 16
nina.melander@ri.se

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