Plastics and rubber materials are both made from the same families of polymers. The polymers are mixed with a complex blend of materials known as additives. Rubbers are elastomers, these are polymers with an elastic property. This elasticity differentiates rubbers from plastics
Article 8 of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC defines the marking and identification of packaging materials. The identification of the nature of the packaging material facilitates collection, reuse, recovery and recycling of packaging.
Twice per year, around January and July, more SVHC’s are included in the “Candidate List”. The obligations for the additional SVHC’s come into effect immediately. Understanding the steps that lead to the final decision will help you to avoid surprises and take action before the deadline.
The impact of Brexit on product compliance is big. The basis for almost all United Kingdom (UK) product legislation was based on EU-law.
BREXIT affects the business for consumer products on the UK market dramatically. The legal obligations that apply to consumer products under EU REACH are extensive. The same goes for UK REACH applicable on the UK market.
How to make a smart, reasonable cost effective testing plan for chemical safety for non-food consumer products? Or how to avoid unnecessary costs on chemical analysis?
What kind of laboratory analysis respectively tests are required for plastic, rubber or silicone Food Contact Materials (FCM) and articles?
CMR substances are chemical substances (or mixtures) of specific concern due to the long term and serious effects that they may have on human health.
Artificial leather, also called synthetic or imitation leather, is a material intended to substitute for leather in upholstery, clothing, footwear, and other uses. Artificial leather is marketed under many names, including "leatherette", "faux leather", "vegan leather", "PU leather" and “pleather”.
Tanning is the method of preserving animal skin, with or without hair using tannins. These are acidic chemical compounds that stabilise the fibre structure of the skin and prevent it from decaying, decomposing and oxidising.
Textile dyes and pigments are chemical substances used to colour fabrics. The main difference between both is that dyes are soluble in water and pigments are not.
Softeners are finishing agents that are applied to textile materials to provide them with a pleasing touch or feel. As a general rule, the softening agents applied are lubricating agents, which facilitate the fiber sliding within the fabric structure, thus granting easier deformation and creasing of the fabric.