Ecolab Gets EPA Award

Posted May 6, 2016 at 11:39 am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing 24 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners across 12 states, the District of Columbia and Canada for outstanding achievement in the design, manufacture, promotion and use of a range of cleaning and other household products that carry the Safer Choice label, according to a news release. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently announced the winners, which includes TRSA associate member Ecolab Inc., at an event at a local hardware store in San Francisco.

“Everyone wants products with ingredients that are safer for their kids, pets, communities and the environment,” McCarthy said. “Using technology and innovation to turn challenges into profitable opportunities makes our businesses stronger and more competitive, our families and workers healthier, and our environment cleaner.”

The Safer Choice standards were developed through a multistakeholder process, with a range of businesses and public interest groups, including environmental and health advocacy organizations. EPA assesses ingredients for the Safer Choice program based on a full chemical identification. Where necessary, EPA requires studies to prove safety of the chemicals used, and applies the expertise of chemists and toxicologists who have assessed thousands of chemicals.

These stringent human and environmental health safety standards mean that consumers can know with certainty that a product’s safety claims are backed by science. Safer Choice currently has around 500 formulator-manufacturer partners who make more than 2,000 products for retail and institutional customers.

The 2016 Partner of the Year award winners represent a wide variety of organizations. Participants include Fortune 500 companies, small- and medium-sized businesses, and non-governmental organizations. The 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. on May 9 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. The winners fall under the following categories:

Safer Formulator-Manufacturer: Boulder Clean (Boulder, CO); BISSELL (Grand Rapids, MI); Case Medical Inc. (South Hackensack, NJ); Clean Control Corp. (Warner Robins, GA); The Clorox Co. (Pleasanton, CA); Futurescape Inc. (Port Orange, FL); Jelmar LLC (Skokie, IL); Osprey Biotechnics Inc. (Sarasota, FL); RB (Parsippany, NJ); and Seventh Generation Inc. (Burlington, VT)

Safer Chemical Innovator: BASF Corp. (Florham Park, NJ); Ecolab Inc.(Eagan, MN); Osprey Biotechnics (Sarasota, FL); and Virox Technologies Inc. (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

Purchaser/Distributor: Solutex Inc. (Sterling, VA)

Retailer: Albertsons Cos. (Pleasanton, CA) and Wegmans Food Markets Inc. (Rochester, NY)

Program Supporter: American Sustainable Business Council (Alexandria, VA); The Ashkin Group (Los Angeles); Consumer Specialty Products Association (Washington, DC); Environmental Defense Fund (New York, NY); Federal Sustainable Acquisitions and Materials Management Practices (SAMM) Working Group (Washington, DC); Healthy Schools Campaign (Chicago); ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association (Northbrook, IL); and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (New York, NY)

More on the 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners, and registration for the Awards Ceremony, can be found here.