Washington Leads Efforts to Replace Toxic Chemicals in Products
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Posted by: Lindsay Kittleson
Washington leads efforts to replace toxic chemicals in products
Washington State Department of Ecology
For Immediate Release 14-004
Jan. 8, 2014
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OLYMPIA - In an effort to reduce toxic chemicals in
products, Washington state helped publish a guide for companies interested in
finding safer alternatives to potentially harmful chemicals.
Washington partnered with eight other states through
Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) to develop the voluntary guide. The
guide provides technical assistance to companies that want to reduce or
eliminate their use of toxic chemicals.
"This is an important tool that will help companies
identify safer materials," said Washington Department of Ecology Director
Maia Bellon. "We commend businesses who are taking a proactive approach to
remove toxic chemicals from everyday consumer products."
The guide is built upon the alternatives assessment
process that was pioneered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)
Design for the Environment Program. IC2 worked with industry, EPA and others to
share results and best practices among the eight states involved.
Alternatives assessment is a process that helps companies
make more informed choices about their use of toxic chemicals. The process
helps them consider the potential harm chemicals could have on human health and
More retailers and manufacturers are recognizing the need
to use safer substances. For instance, Wal-Mart and Target recently announced
sustainable chemical and product standards that call for more ingredient
disclosure, reducing or eliminating chemicals of concern, and safer
The US Environmental Protection Agency and other
organizations have developed an extensive array of tools to help prioritize and
assess chemicals. Companies and organizations such as Hewlett Packard, the
American Apparel & Footwear Association, and the Outdoor Industry
Association's Chemicals Management Working Group are working to drive
continuous improvement and innovation in chemicals management practices.
The guide is available on the IC2 website