The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) - the trade association of the U.S. cleaning product supply chain, as a Safer Choice Partner of the Year. ACI was recognised in the Supporter category.
EPA’s Safer Choice programme uses the technical tools and expertise of EPA’s New Chemicals Program to evaluate the environmental and human health impacts of every chemical ingredient in a product. As a voluntary partnership programme, Safer Choice brings all interested parties together to advance sustainability in chemical products. More than 2,000 products currently qualify to carry the Safer Choice label. In addition, Safer Choice recognise hundreds of ingredients on its Safer Chemical Ingredient List (SCIL).
EPA developed the Partner of the Year Awards to recognise Safer Choice stakeholders who have furthered the safer chemistry and safer product goals of the Safer Choice program, previously known Design for the Environment (DfE). The sustainability leadership of ACI and its member companies is reflected in the recognition received by ACI, according to Melissa Hockstad, the association’s President & CEO. “Many ACI member companies have products and chemistries that are recognised by the EPA Safer Choice program,” said Hockstad.
“ACI is proud to have supported the program for the last decade through ongoing work with EPA staff, including the advocacy of science-based principles for ingredient and product criteria.” Part of that support for Safer Choice has been through advocacy related to state-level procurement programs.