Chemicals of Concern

How Will Your Organization Address Chemicals of Concern?

What changes are you making in anticipation of legislation that will require removal of BPA, phthalates, and other chemicals from the products we wear, consume and use?

How will your organization respond to the current industry and government focus on preventing PFAS from being released into the air, drinking systems, and food supply? 

What measures might you need to take regarding clean-up efforts to address the impacts harmful chemicals?

Our clients are coming to us for answers to these and related challenges, which are true questions of innovation. It was innovation that led the original chemistries that are now challenging our legal systems and threatening our environments.  Thus, today, innovation is required to address the harmful side effects of these earlier decisions and find replacement chemistries that ensure the world is safe for future generations.

In our work addressing chemicals of concern, we track chemistries and follow legislation and regulations. We research environmentally benign replacement chemistries to help companies avoid substitution haphazardly, as many alternatives aren’t well-validated and often lead to more serious outcomes. And we advise companies on which changes to introduce in formulas, materials, partner choice and so that they can respond to growing consumer concern and adopt sustainable chemical policies and programs as needed.   

Impact Stories

Companies and consumers are questioning chemicals that are used in products. There’s growing concern that some chemicals across industries may have short- or long-term negative environmental and health impacts. In response, companies are revisiting chemical policy strategies. Learn how companies work with us to identify and reduce or eliminate potentially harmful substances in products, supply chains, and operations.

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As per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) face increasing scrutiny and regulations, we help clients stay current on proposed regulations or address PFAS in their products. It’s challenging to destroy PFAS compounds using currently available technology options. In recent work, we helped a client invest in the development and commercialization of an early-stage PFAS-destruction process. 

A global consumer goods client wanted to understand which water and oil repellent coating technologies are safe for people and the environment. Our client was considering transitioning their products from long-chain to shorter-chain perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs). They asked for our independent review of the science.

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Signals

As scientists and innovation advisors, we work with commercial clients that need unbiased insights that impact their business, strategy, and product development. We look at the science around clients’ concerns and provide independent, evidence-based recommendations.  At the same time, we are also mothers, our most important role.  Sometimes, we must weigh consumer perceptions and fears about health effects of an emerging contaminant, not only with the science and actual risk, but also with our concerns as parents. Learn how we found ourselves in this situation, and how our client used our insights to rethink their approach to PFCS. 

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How can we help you address your chemicals of concern?