Biobased alternatives for substances of very high concern
There are many possible biobased alternatives for substances of very high concern (SVHC). This is shown by a study by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research commissioned by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.
Some of these alternatives can already be used right away. This applies to the carcinogen ethylene oxide, for instance. This material is used for the production of ethylene glycol, an essential component of polyester, which is used in PET bottles and fleece sweaters. Producing ethylene glycol directly from sugars offers a biobased alternative (News Item Wageningen UR, 18 November 2014).
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