GreenScreen In Practice

Use of GreenScreen® by Industry Associations & Organizations

A number of industry associations and organizations use GreenScreen to support members’ needs for collaborative research on safer alternatives and development of proactive chemicals management policies and programs.

 

Textile Sector: Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) 

ZDHC is a group of 21 brands whose mission is to advance towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the textile and footwear supply chain.  ZDHC identified and prioritized a list of chemicals used in their industry, the latter based on hazard, volume and use patterns. Chemicals were evaluated for hazard using GreenScreen List Translator [link]. Two lists were developed for action as a result of this prioritization activity – a Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) and a Research List. The MRSL addresses hazardous substances potentially used and discharged into the environment during manufacturing and related processes, not just those substances that could be present in finished products. The list includes chemical substances for which safer alternatives exist and these chemical substances are subject to a usage ban in facilities that process textile materials and trim parts for use in apparel and footwear for which safer alternatives exist. The Research List focuses the ZDHC’s efforts on research and development for prioritized substances that do not have safer alternatives for all uses in the market today. By encouraging key stakeholders to develop alternatives for chemicals on the Research List, ZDHC hopes to move these chemicals more rapidly to the MRSL for supply chain phase out. Learn more about ZDHC and its prioritized list of chemicals.

 

The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3)

GC3 is a cross sectoral, business-to-business network of companies and other organizations working collaboratively to advance green chemistry across sectors and supply chains.The Business and Academic Partnership Project Group of GC3 developed and piloted a new type of collaboration between companies and universities to evaluate safer alternatives to toxic chemicals using GreenScreen. The goal was to generate robust assessments of alternatives to support chemical substitution decision-making by GC3 companies and their supply chain partners, through pooling of knowledge, data and funds. The model was developed through a pilot project focused on identifying and evaluating alternatives to a known toxic phthalate plasticizer in wire and cable applications -- DEHP (Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate). The project report provides a summary of the project results and links to GreenScreen Assessments for nine plasticizers. Learn more about GC3.

 

The Phosphorus, Inorganic, and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association (PINFA)

PINFA is a group of global flame retardant manufacturers and users committed to fire safety and improving the health and environmental profiles of their products, and is a Sector Group within Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council.  PINFAteamed with Clean Production Action to conduct GreenScreen Assessments for non-halogenated flame retardant proposed as alternatives to brominated compounds. The work classified 11 PIN flame retardants as Benchmark-2 or Benchmark-3, while four PIN products were classified as GreenScreen Benchmark-1. Antimony trioxide (a synergist used mainly with halogenated flame retardants) was also assessed as GreenScreen Benchmark-1. Two PIN products were GreenScreen Benchmark-U due to insufficient data. Pinfa recognized the GreenScreen Assessment results as providing valuable information regarding potential hazards associated with non-halogenated flame retardant alternatives. PINFA members work with downstream users to ensure further evaluation where indicated of these alternatives, including use of studies and risk assessments developed for REACH and updating of GreenScreen Assessments if new studies become available. Learn more about PINFA.