Moving towards safer alternatives

Support for Substitution

Substitution of hazardous chemicals is a fundamental measure to reduce risks to environment, workers, consumers and public health.

Legislation encourages you to substitute, this site will show you how.

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Latest News

One of four Body Lotions contains unwanted chemicals Publication & Tools | 10.09.2015 The content of hazardous chemicals is particularly critical in body lotions because body lotions are a product that stays on the skin for many hours. The Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals has examined the list of ingredients on 54 body lotions on the Danish market, including many international brands. The examination reveals that 13 body lotions – 24% – contain unwanted substances. These substances are allergenic preservatives and substances which have shown endocrine disrupting effects in animal studies. 16 body lotions received the best possible marking, and 24 only received an average rating due to their content of perfume, perfumed substances or plant extracts which all are known allergens. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are suspected to cause several ailments such as declining semen quality in boys and early puberty in girls. The test results (in Danish) can be found here More about the Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals work (in English) can be found here:

Substitution Steps

Substitution may be fast and easy or a more complex process. Generally it includes the following steps:
  1. Define the problem
  2. Set substitution criteria
  3. Search for alternatives
  4. Assess and compare alternatives
  5. Experiment on pilot
  6. Implement and improve
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Welcome to SUBSPORT the Substitution Support Portal!

Here you can find information to support your efforts in substituting hazardous substances. Enjoy exploring the portal and please do not hesitate to contact the project team for any comments or questions.

SUBSPORT is an ongoing project. Therefore we recommend to revisit the portal from time to time if you could not yet find the information you expected. To keep yourself informed about the progress of the portal and other related news you can subscribe to the SUBSPORT newsletter.

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