Alan Best Sustainability: a useful voice in developing sustainability strategies and green products

Alan Best qualified as an Analytical Chemist with ICI and  held several posts in research and development, production management and HR before moving to the Pharmaceuticals Division where he held senior roles in HR and Medical Sales and Marketing.  Alan moved into the food industry in 1993 and was a Director of Toms UK during its years of major expansion.  In 2004 he established an independent consultancy and was involved in the development of an innovative green carpet tile for a major manufacturer. Other development projects include the launch of an innovative green graffiti protection system and the achievement of international eco labels and other third party certification for these products.

Alan has undertaken long term projects for flooring companies such as Shaw Industries Inc., the worlds largest carpet manufacturer, and has assisted them with BRE and other environmental and performance certification.

Alan represents Shaw Insustries Inc on bodies such as the Flooring Sustainbility Partnership as Chair and  and the Chemsec Business Group, which includes companies such as Apple, Adidas,  Skanska, B & Q, Boots Wallgreen, Dell, Sony Mobile, Ikea, Swedish Water and Danish Coop Group who are working with Chemsec to learn about and develop strategies for hazardous chemicals management and substitution.

 Other projects have included working with chemical companies such as BASF on substitution initiatives and with university departments such as Lancaster University Environmental Technology Centre and the University of Central Lancashire on waste management and recycling projects and the identification of hazardous chemicals in waste.

As well as having a technical background Alan is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has run a number of successful technical training and management development courses.  Alan has an MBA with Distinction from the Lancaster Business School at UCL and was winner of the prestigious Institute of Management MBA Prize.  Alan has also served as an elected borough councillor and as  a committee chairman and member of the Planning Committee.

Alan writes monthly articles on Sustainability for the Contract Flooring Journal and was a co- author of the Croner "Essential Guide to REACH."

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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......."