Why restrict use of bisphenols?

Germany conducted a REACH substance evaluation on bisphenol A (BPA) and determined that further regulatory measures are necessary with respect to environmental releases of BPA. Germany concluded that BPA ought to be identified as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC), due to its endocrine disrupting properties for the environment. Moreover, other bisphenols (BPS and BPF) have been identified as ‘bisphenols of similar concern’, and should also be restricted.

What is Royal Smit & Zoon’s position on bisphenols?

Royal Smit & Zoon is committed to the mission of making the leather value chain environmentally and socially sustainable by 2025. Therefore, Smit (a subsidiary of Royal Smit & Zoon) has thoroughly analysed its core product range on bisphenols. None of our products contain BPF. However, the formation of BPF can be a side effect of processing leather. BPS is present in some of Smit’s recipes, but will be phased out. BPS can also be formed during leather processing.

In order for clients to be able to make responsible choices, we communicate all of the bisphenol values clearly for all of the products. In the meantime, the R&D team is redeveloping products to lower the BPS and BPF content. Critical parameters are under scrutiny, such as impurities in raw materials, eliminating substances, evaluating manufacturing processes, extending reaction times, eliminating exceeding substances and increasing quality measures. Moreover, Smit is committed to replace petrochemicals (including disulphone and phenol) with bio-based alternatives.

Find out more background information on bisphenols here.

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