The raw facts about our Restricted Substances List

Stahl is committed to help lead the industry towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020. That is one of the reasons why Stahl became a value chain affiliate of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation in October 2016. As a Restricted Substances List (RSL) is a fundamental element of most company’s chemical management system, we took our responsibility even further. 

Next to adhering to the Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL) launched by the ZDHC Foundation in 2015, we took pro-active action with our own Stahl Restricted Substances List (RSL). Our RSL list contains substances that we believe will be restricted by the industry or deemed undesirable in the future. Obviously, our RSL list has implications for our suppliers, as substances on this list cannot be used in the development of any new products. We constantly share our vision on sustainability with our suppliers. Once they are on board, they are informed continuously about our policy via updated lists of potentially restricted materials.

The products we receive from our suppliers are critical to achieving our sustainability objectives. By eliminating restricted substances and using naturally occurring raw materials, we can make real changes in the industry. Together with consumer brands in the supply chain, Stahl works hard to anticipate restrictions on chemical substances and act ahead of time. In this way, our suppliers are also made fully aware of the restrictions on substances contained in the materials they provide.

Following this, it is safe to say that sustainability has become the primary topic of conversation with our suppliers. We only work with suppliers who have demonstrated full commitment to sustainability. Together, we are constantly on the lookout for competitive and durable alternatives to the products and services that can harm the environment or may be non-compliant in the future.

The promotion of natural and renewable resources as raw materials consequently is implicit in Stahl’s definition of sustainability. As a result, we have implemented internal policies that ensure all newly developed products contain renewable raw materials when possible and feasible. An example of this is our successful development of bio-based polyurethane dispersions. Over the course of 2016, this project has progressed to the point that the first commercial products are already in the launch phase. By the end of 2017, we expect to have a range of bio-based products commercially available with a particular focus on the automotive industry. Next to this achievement we are evaluating many new other raw materials, such as: 
  • Renewable plant-based resources, which can substitute existing synthetic raw materials derived from fossil fuels
  • Biodegradable products which can be incorporated into our products to reduce the waste effluent of our customers
  • Low toxicity alternatives to organic solvents
  • Smart packaging materials free of restricted substances (RSL) 
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