Green chemistry generally refers to the replacement of hazardous chemicals with more environmentally friendly materials in product manufacturing, use and disposal. By introducing more environmentally benign chemicals into the design and manufacturing processes, green chemistry strives to reduce pollution and the environmental impacts associated with industrial wastes and product disposal. SRC is a proven leader in this field, especially in the area of identifying and assessing safer substitutes.
Specific examples of our experience in this area include:
- Alternatives Assessments
SRC supports U.S. EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) Alternatives Assessments program to provide information on safer alternatives for specific products. The comparative hazard assessment uses health and environmental profiles to inform stakeholders and maximize their use of safer chemical substitutes.
- Safer Product Labeling Program
EPA’s Safer Product Labeling Program recognizes household products that use the safest available chemical ingredients. SRC evaluates each ingredient in the product for its potential to cause harm to human health or the environment. Only those products that meet the voluntary program's criteria are allowed to display the DfE logo.
- Safer Chemical Ingredient List
EPA’s Safer Chemical Ingredient List contains chemicals that meet the DfE criteria to assist companies in choosing safer ingredients for formulations. SRC has evaluated nearly 500 chemical ingredients included on SCIL.
- Sustainable Futures
SRC supports the EPA’s Sustainable Futures initiative which trains stakeholders to foster the use of pollution prevention tools in their green chemistry efforts.
- Tool Development
Pollution prevention and green chemistry tools developed by SRC include: PBT Profiler, AIM and ChemACE
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