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Safer Chemicals

Behind the Label: a blueprint for safer chemicals

We need a new marketplace paradigm.

The chemicals used in your products and packaging have a direct impact on the health of consumers, the environment and workers; yet, this impact is seldom mentioned in sustainability discussions. Over the last several decades, we have begun to learn that many of the chemicals we rely on today are linked to diseases and disorders like asthma, infertility, and cancer or cause damaging environmental impacts, like toxicity to fish. As we understand more about the connection between chemicals and health, companies face growing risks and opportunities.

Consumers and investors are demanding safer chemicals in products. Regulatory bodies around the globe are trying to play catch-up and restrict or ban toxic chemicals from commerce. But if we want a future built on safer chemicals, government can’t do it alone. We also need companies like yours to lead.

Fortunately, EDF is here to help. Our resources will help build your understanding of the toxic chemicals in consumer products, answer why companies should develop safer chemical strategies, and provide further resources for you to dive deeper.

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Your Chemical Footprint

Explore your "Chemical Footprint": the total amount of chemicals of concern used in your business.

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Pillars of Leadership for a Safer Marketplace

EDF designed the Five Pillars of Leadership as a resource to help companies reduce risk, advance safer products and build consumer trust. The pillars are informed by the best scientific research available and years of experience working with companies to scale best practices.

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Safer Food

Consumers are increasingly concerned about the substances used to flavor, color, preserve and package their food. Corporate leaders can improve the safety of food additives and contaminants.

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Safer Personal Care Products

Demand for safer beauty and personal care products has steadily increased. Many companies, including major retailers and brands, are changing practices and ingredients in response to consumer demands.

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Safer Cleaning Products

Demand for safer cleaning products has steadily increased. Many companies, including major retailers and brands, are changing practices and ingredients in response to consumer demands.

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Safer General Merchandise

Clothing, jewelry, home furnishings and toys — just some of the fabricated products that consumers rely on in their daily lives. But more and more, consumers and regulators are concerned about what companies know about the chemicals and materials in these products and their safety.

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Packaging

Chemicals of concern in packaging may migrate into food. Food companies can manage chemicals of concern in food packaging to minimize and eliminate contamination in food.

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Business Case

Adopting a safer chemicals strategy is key to staying competitive in today's market. A safer chemicals strategy helps you anticipate regulatory changes, minimize risks, and build a positive reputation as an innovative and forward-thinking company.

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Innovation

Finding ways to innovate safer products is good for consumers, the environment and business growth.

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Safer chemicals: the five pillars of leadership

In working with companies along the consumer product supply chain, EDF designed the Five Pillars of Leadership for advancing safer chemicals in the marketplace. See what leadership looks like.

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Safer Chemicals Resources

Looking for solutions that are relevant to you and your company? Here you can filter by resource title, date, type. Below (left) you can filter by narrowing categories and sub-categories, as well as where each resource sits on different levels of the sustainability journey.

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The Baby Food Council

The Baby Food Council has committed to reduce heavy metal contamination as low as reasonably achievable through best supply chain management practices.

10/18/2019

Initiative

5 Pillars of Leadership for Safer Chemicals

EDF has identified five pillars of safer chemicals leadership to help companies get started.

08/22/2019

Guide

Safer products through institutional commitments

In a committed company, action ripples across the organization; executives set top-level safer chemicals goals that are reinforced by middle management to empower employees to turn commitments into results.

08/22/2019

Guide

Safer products through supply chain transparency

With Supply Chain Transparency, a company gains a clearer picture of the chemicals and potential contaminants in its products.

08/22/2019

Guide

Safer products through informing consumers

When a company shares ingredient information with consumers, it embraces the philosophy that consumers have the right to know what is in the products they buy.

08/22/2019

Guide

Safer products through better design

Want to turn company commitments to sell products with safer ingredients into results on store shelves? New product composition is about innovation and gaining a competitive edge.

08/22/2019

Guide

Safer products through public commitment

Effective communication of a company's policy, timelines and progress towards goals can garner valuable support from the general public.

08/22/2019

Guide

Safer food through institutional commitment

In a committed company, action ripples across the organization; executives set top-level safer food goals that are reinforced by middle management to empower employees to turn commitments into results.

08/22/2019

Guide

Safer food through supply chain transparency

With Supply Chain Transparency, a company gains a clearer picture of the chemicals and potential contaminants in its products.

08/22/2019

Guide

Safer food through informing consumers

When a company shares ingredient information with consumers, it embraces the philosophy that consumers have the right to know what is in the products they buy.

08/22/2019

Guide

Safer food through public commitment

Effective communication of a company's goals, timelines and progress towards goals can garner valuable support from the general public.

08/22/2019

Guide

Safer chemistry for cleaning products

Consumers have become increasingly concerned about how chemicals in their home and personal care products might affect their health and companies are responding. Here's why you should set safer cleaning product goals.

08/22/2019

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