As part of IVL’s global Product Stewardship program, IVL will maintain its own Restricted Substances List while developing a “Beyond Restricted Substances” list where the company will seek alternatives to these substances. These substances may not be directly regulated today, but as there is sufficient concern among stakeholders, IVL will be proactive in monitoring and seeking alternatives.
The Product Compliance Risk Characterization (PCRC) process undertaken for 100% of our products is the mechanism by which this assessment is performed for their potential impact on human health and the environment. Specifically, the PCRC process gathers inputs from those interfacing with customers to obtain information about intended downstream applications. What follows is an assessment of each raw material with a focus on potentially new formulation components along with their effects on both manufacturing hazards and product compliance (in terms of both chemical registration and food safety) in target markets.
We evaluate chemicals used in our operations and their exposure to our employees and the environment, and have effective control of volatile substances on the SVHC list and SIN list that may present a risk.
We take a proactive approach, actively engaging in assessments and ensuring that we meet the European Union’s REACH regulations and other compliance requirements.
We comply with the ECHA SVHC list and are proactively removing products on the SIN list. It should be noted that IVL is not listed as a manufacturer of chemicals on the SIN list.
Our goal is to complete the comprehensive assessment of our raw materials, chemicals, and products during 2020 regarding the SIN list and to set a target for improvements by 2021. We monitor the release of SVHC updates and assess our raw material streams. In some cases, a substance could be on an SVHC list in raw form, but once it is converted to a different, benign form, it no longer has a product safety risk.
“IVL is targeting zero violations against domestic and international regulations as well as zero use of any substance of very high concern (SVHC).” We evaluate the chemicals used in our operations and their exposure to our employees and the environment, with effective controls in place of volatile substances on the SVHC list and the Substitute it Now (SIN) list that may present a risk.
- 100% of European entities were compliant with REACH regulations in 2020.
- 100% compliance with the ECHA SVHC list and proactively removing products on the SIN list.
- IVL was not listed as a manufacturer of chemicals on the SIN list in 2020.
Phasing out color control based on cobalt acetate in PET resin
Auriga Polymers Inc. began phasing out color control based on cobalt acetate chemistry since 2018. The current timeline, allowing for customer qualification, has the conversion to approved organic dyes occurring by May 2020. In 2020, cobalt acetate color control has been replaced with toners in our Auriga facility product portfolio, thus enabling us to provide our customers with a more cost-efficient product while ensuring the safety of end consumers.
Antimony-free flame retardant staple fibers
An important functional fiber which we produce is Trevira CS® , the world’s premier flame-retardant fiber. Trevira has extended the antimony-free technology to these fibers.
A new star has joined the IVL family: Heavy Metal-Free iCareTM
iCareTM symbolizes the fifth core value of IVL: “We are responsible”, demonstrating our industry leadership, sustainability, innovation, passion for excellence, eco-friendliness and a commitment to the success of our customers. Today, IVL has the capability of supplying a whole range of iCareTM fibers, filament yarns and PET resins for the apparel, home care, hygiene, automotive sectors, and industrial applications. iCareTM staple fibers include, but are not limited to, 100% PET fine and coarse deniers, hollow conjugated, and bicomponent fibers for various downstream products including clothing, disposable hygiene, pillows and bedding, toys, automotive nonwovens, and industrial nonwovens. iCareTM PET filament yarns include partially oriented yarns, draw textured yarns, fully oriented yarns, colored yarns and differential shrinkage yarns. IVL also offers iCareTM Heavy Metal Free Chips (resin) for filament yarns, spunbond/spunmelt and other products.