Welcome to Alan Best Sustainability - part of a network of specialists who can help your efforts to make your world more sustainable


 "Green claims ..... are easy to make and difficult to substantiate without transparent and credible measures."  

 " ...companies need investment from major institutions, and having a sustainable profile is a now a key business issue"  

Alan Best - Contract Flooring Journal  


Alan Best Sustainability is a specialist business working with partners to develop and implement sustainability strategies.  These are designed to reduce negative environmental impacts and the risks they bring to businesses, and to  imrpove  the safety and performance of products.  We have specialist expertise in flooring and work with architects and specialists in construction products and with manufacturers and academic institutions in waste reduction, recycling and hazardous chemicals projects.  We are active in the area of hazardous chemicals management, REACH Regulations and substitution strategies.  

We can offer advice and project management expertise in Product and Environmental Certification including CE marking, BRE Environmental Certification , EU EcoLabel, TerraChoice, EcoLogo and LCA and Environment Product Declarations. We have worked in the developing field of nano chemistry and with green product development activities and product launches. 

Alan Best writes regular columns on Sustainability for the Contract Flooring Journal and was a co author of the Croner "Essential Guide to REACH" a comprehensive guide to the complex European chemical regulations which are affecting manufacturing and recycling around the world. 


"Clearly not enough is known about the long term safety of chemicals in everyday use and few would argue that this is an acceptable situation...." 

 Alan Best - Croner "Essential Guide to Reach"  

 "Given our understanding of the way chemicals interact with the environment, we are running a gigantic experiment with humans and all other things living." 

 Sir Tom Blundell, Chair, Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution  




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Alan Best Sustainability Limited Registered in England and Wales

Company Number 8361235

Registered Office, Cumbrae House, 2 Penwortham Court, Penwortham, PRESTON, Lancashire PR1 9YX

Contact Details

Alan Best Sustainability Limited

Cumbrae House

2 Penwortham Court


Lancashire PR1 9YX

Tel: +44(0)7739 581090

E-mail: alan.best@alanbestsustainability.com


We're also available via our contact form.


The market for so-called "safer chemistry" is set to outpace the overall global chemical market during the current decade. Companies are reducting their use and generation of hazardous substances, creating safer products and lowering the impact of processes on human health and the environment.  The impetus comes from a combination of tightening regulations and demand from consumers for more sustainable products.

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GreenBiz Group publish their eighth State of Green Business Report. This is a comprehensive assessement of the global impact of current company sustainability efforts and the conclusions are a little pessimistic about current results.  However the future is looking brighter.  Are we sinking, swimming or just treading water when it comes ot sustainability initiatives? Go to the link and sign up for your free report,


ABS monthly articles on Sustainability from Contract Flooring Journal may be read here at this link going back to November 2012 



Mapei the global leader in adhesives and chemicals for construction based in Italy has reproduced articles from Alan Best Sustainability in its' in- house magazine which has a circulation of 145000
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Major conference hears top architects set out the need for greater transparency over toxic chemical content in construction products and the need to stop specifying potentially harmful materials particularly in health care environments.




With the EU's Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) coming into force this September, preparations are in full flow. While industry has some reservations on the provisions of the new regime, this  CHEMICAL NEWS webinar provides a solid introduction to the BPR and inform companies how to make the best decisions regarding applications for approval of biocidal active substances and the authorisation of biocidal products.



Effects of Human and Wildlife Exposure to Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Examined in Landmark UN Report - Febraury 2013


Chemicals found in flooring and personal hygiene products come under increased scrutiny as UN and WHO note increasing scientific evidence of potential risks to health amassed from around the world.



Alan Best appointed 2014 Chair of the Flooring Sustainability Partership on which he represents Shaw Industries Inc.  This is a group involving manufacturers, flooring contractors and retailers, government and trade bodies, architects and recycling specialists working together to improve the sustainability of the flooring industry.


Chemsec increase chemicals on the SIN List

Over 600 chemicals are now listed on version 2.1, adding additional chemicals to the list based on information released from the REACH authorities. Many of the new additions are considered to be carcinogenic. The REACH SVHC now runs to 138 chemicals.

Bio based chemicals -when green is toxic

WHEN GREEN IS TOXIC - Article by Dr Mike Belliveau on the benefits and potential hazards associated with some  bio based chemicals.  Here's  a sample of what he has to say......" To make  PVC, the poison plastic, add two carcinogens, pump the resin full of toxic additives and leave a trail of chlorinated waste from production and disposal. Replacing the petroleum in PVC with renewable carbon hardly greens its lifecycle......."