A chemical takes a long and winding journey from the production line to the consumer. Take, for example, acrylamide.
A U.S. company manufactures acrylamide and sells it to another domestic company, which uses it to make polycarbonate resin, a binding agent in many paints. This company exports its resin to a distributor in the EU. The distributor then sells it to two companies, both of which use the resin to manufacture paint. One of these EU companies sells its paint to a furniture company; the other to a toy manufacturer.