WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced 26 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners throughout 14 states and the District of Columbia, recognizing their achievements within the design, manufacture, choice, and use of merchandise with safer chemical substances.
The Safer Choice program helps shoppers and purchasers for services, akin to colleges and workplace buildings, discover merchandise containing chemical substances which are safer for human well being and the surroundings.
“Cleaning and different merchandise made with safer chemical substances – like these licensed by the Safer Choice program – assist defend employees, households, communities, and the planet,” stated EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Deputy Assistant Administrator for Pollution Prevention Jennie Romer. “This yr, we’re happy to acknowledge quite a lot of organizations for his or her assist of safer chemistry and sustainability, together with organizations which have labored to make these merchandise extra reasonably priced and accessible to all, advancing the Biden-Harris Administration’s dedication to fairness and environmental justice.”
This yr’s awardees signify all kinds of organizations, together with small- and medium-sized companies, women-owned firms, state and native governments, non-governmental organizations, and commerce associations. This yr’s winners have all proven a dedication to stopping air pollution by decreasing, eliminating, or stopping air pollution at its supply previous to recycling, therapy, or disposal.
Applicants for this yr’s awards have been inspired to point out how their work advances environmental justice, bolsters resilience to the impacts of climate change, leads to cleaner air or water, or improves ingesting water high quality. Many of the organizations being acknowledged in the present day are working to scale back greenhouse fuel emissions and fight the local weather disaster. For instance, a number of winners provide merchandise with concentrated formulation which reduces water consumption and plastic use. This observe additionally lowers greenhouse fuel emissions by decreasing the quantity of product that have to be transported.
Additionally, many awardees elevated entry to merchandise with safer chemical substances in underserved and overburdened communities. For instance, one nonprofit winner carried out focused outreach in each English and Spanish to advertise safer cleansing strategies and merchandise, together with Safer Choice-certified merchandise, in meals vehicles. Many of those companies are owned and operated by immigrant entrepreneurs. Another winner made its Safer Choice-certified product line extra accessible to decrease earnings consumers by providing reasonably priced costs and making these merchandise out there at retailers that usually serve low-income communities.
In early 2023, EPA will construct on this work by saying a grant alternative for initiatives that may improve provide and demand for safer, environmentally preferable merchandise akin to these licensed by the Safer Choice program or recognized by EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program.
A listing of the 2022 Partner of the Year award winners could be discovered under. Learn extra in regards to the 2022 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners and summaries of their accomplishments.
List of Winners
American Cleaning Institute, District of Columbia
The Ashkin Group, LLC, Channel Islands Harbor, Calif.
Bona US, Englewood, Colo.
Case Medical, Bloomfield, N.J.
Church & Dwight Co., Inc., Ewing, N.J.
Clean Safety & Health in Food Trucks (CleanSHiFT) Team, Seattle, Wash.
The Clorox Company, Oakland, Calif.
Colgate-Palmolive, New York, N.Y.
Design for the Environment Logo Redesign Coalition: Environmental Defense Fund, The Natural Resources Defense Council, The Clorox Company, The Procter & Gamble Company, and Reckitt
Dirty Labs Inc., Portland, Ore.
ECOS, Cypress, Calif.
Grove Collaborative, San Francisco, Calif.
The Hazardous Waste Management Program, Seattle, Wash.
Holloway House, Inc., Fortville, Ind.
The Home Depot, Atlanta, Ga.
Household & Commercial Products Association, District of Columbia
Jelmar, LLC, Skokie, Ill.
Lemi Shine, Austin, Texas
GentleHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, San Francisco, Calif.
Mother Africa, Kent, Wash.
Novozymes North America, Raleigh, N.C.
The ODP Corporation, Boca Raton, Fla.
The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, Ohio
PurposeBuilt Brands, Gurnee, Ill.
Sensitive Home, Greenbrae, Calif.
Solutex, Sterling, Va.