In September, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a new tool designed to provide Americans easy access to information about everyday products that can save money, prevent pollution and protect people’s health.
Using the Greener Products Portal, consumers can find electronics and appliances that have earned EPA’s Energy Star label and can browse WaterSense products that help save energy and water. Additionally, consumers can find information about cleaning products that are safer for the environment and people’s health. These products bear the EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) label. The website will also help manufacturers and institutional purchasers with information on standards and criteria for designing greener products.
The new green products web portal is available at www.epa.gov/greenerproducts.
WSPPN is joining forces with CalRecycle for the P2/Used Oil/HHW/Green Business Conference to be held May 15-17, 2012 at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento. The theme for the joint conference is:"Come Together – New Partnerships, New Strategies for a Healthier Environment."
Here is the link to the NACO toolkit, which was launched several weeks ago. Below that is a link to the Products Guides, which appear to be the only place in the toolkit that includes contract language.
We are pleased to announce the release of the Retailer Portal: Tools to Evaluate Chemical Ingredients in Products Retailer Portal as part of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council’s (GCS) newly redesigned website http://greenchemistryandcommerce.org. The GC3 is a business-to-business forum that advances the application of green chemistry and design for environment across supply chains. It provides an open forum for cross-sectoral collaboration to share information and experiences about the challenges to and opportunities for safer chemicals and products.
The Retailer Portal is a database of tools and systems to evaluate and manage chemical ingredients in the products retailers buy and sell. Increasing regulatory requirements and consumer and media pressure to sell safer or “green” products are driving retailers to understand more about the chemical ingredients in the products they sell and to find safer alternatives to chemicals of concern. Some retailers are developing their own tools or systems to evaluate the chemical content of the products they buy and sell, some are working with developers of 3rd party evaluation systems to develop customized tools, and others are working collaboratively to develop tools useful to a whole industry sector. Many retailers lack the resources to educate themselves about the tools and systems available to more effectively understand and manage chemicals in the products they sell. The Retailer Portal database and summary document have been designed to help retailers begin the education process.
The Retailer Portal builds on the GC3’s report: Best Practices in Product Chemicals Management in the Retail Industry which examines the influences on retailers to encourage the adoption of chemicals management systems; the systems that Apple, Boots, Green Depot, Patagonia, REI, Staples, and Walmart have adopted; and the challenges, benefits, and best practices identified in the development and implementation of these systems.
We welcome additions, modifications, and comments that will help us keep the Retailer Portal up to date. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.
Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
University of Massachusetts Lowell
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