E-marketing platform for safer chemicals is growing

A wide range of stakeholders in the chemical space recognises the Marketplace’s potential, including the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the Swedish government and Green Chemistry leaders in the USA.

Jerker Ligthart, Marketplace project manager.
Jerker Ligthart, Marketplace project manager.

ChemSec’s e-marketing platform for sustainable chemistry – Marketplace – is growing. Only a year into the development cycle, the first 50 advertisements for safer chemical alternatives are now online.

A wide range of stakeholders in the chemical space recognises the Marketplace’s potential, including the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the Swedish government and Green Chemistry leaders in the USA.

The business-to-business platform currently boasts everything from non-toxic water repellents for textiles to safe flame-retardants and alternative chrome plating.

“There is a large diversity of safer chemistry on the platform; something we know is in high demand by brands and retailers worldwide looking to substitute toxic chemicals in products and supply chains”, says Jerker Ligthart, Marketplace project manager.

Among the many companies that have advertised their sustainable products on Marketplace are stock exchange listed companies like Chemours, Clariant and Huntsman. But the Marketplace is not exclusive to large, multinational companies – there are opportunities for smaller companies too.

“It is very inspiring to see start-ups coming up with new solutions without hazardous chemicals. Take the company Acticell, for example, who developed the new bleaching technology LB3 for denim fabrics that makes hazardous chemicals like potassium permanganate redundant. Advertising on Marketplace is a great way for them to increase visibility and potentially attract new investments,” comments Ligthart.

ChemSec also announced a first partnership agreement with the non-profit GreenBlue, parent organisation to CleanGredients – the definitive database of market-ready chemical ingredients pre-approved to meet US EPA’s Safer Choice standard. This cooperation will allow CleanGredients’ users to market their products on Marketplace and further increase the visibility of Marketplace and CleanGredients in both Europe and the US.

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