Authoritative lists and restricted substances lists like those found in the MaterialWise screening tool indicate what not to use, but the next question is what to use instead. Without robust, quality data, this question cannot be answered, and everyone in the value chain is vulnerable to regrettable substitutions.
Reliable chemical data underpins the entire pathway to safer, healthier products. It illuminates and leads to better choices. But in the current system, data is a barrier, a bottleneck and a risk. Chemical hazard assessments are expensive, labor-intensive, sometimes inconsistent and inaccessible to most. In the current system, scale is simply not possible. This has to change.
The design of MaterialWise has been informed by ongoing research and input from industry leaders. It entails:
Here you can:
In January 2019, we launched a proof-of-concept pilot. Pilot topics include:
Pilot 1: Alternatives to Ortho-Phthalate (Phthalate) Plasticizers
Pilot 2: Alternatives to Per and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Durable Water Repellents
Pilot 3: Alternatives to the use of Dimethyl formamide (DMF) in the Manufacture of Synthetic Leather
We welcome new partners. MaterialWise is a solution that supports and empowers industry solutions already in play. We are focused on providing a data service and input to support decision-making for safer products and guidance on policy.
Contact us to create the evidence base for your initiative.
MaterialWise will partner with you to convene a value chain coalition centered around your chemical(s) of concern to create alternative assessment portfolios that will eguide your value chain toward safer chemistry and avoid regrettable substitutions.
Contact us to learn more about our unique cost and benefit sharing approach.