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.
Tackling contaminants of concern in food packaging
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Your Chemical Footprint
Explore your "Chemical Footprint": the total amount of chemicals of concern used in your business.View All Your Chemical Footprint Resources
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.View All Pillars of Leadership for a Safer Marketplace Resources
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.View All Safer Food Resources
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.View All Safer Personal Care Products Resources
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.View All Safer Cleaning Products Resources
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.View All Safer General Merchandise Resources
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.View All Packaging Resources
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.View All Business Case Resources
Finding ways to innovate safer products is good for consumers, the environment and business growth.View All Innovation Resources
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.View
Safer Chemicals Resources
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Discover how 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.
Chemicals are the building blocks of every manufactured product. Unfortunately, some product chemicals can leach from products and are routinely detected in indoor air, food, drinking water, house dust and our bodies.
While chemicals in your supply chain expose your company to risk, here's a high-level overview of solutions you can explore.
A high-level overview of current strategies for tackling toxic chemicals in your supply chain
When pursuing a safer chemicals strategy, there are many stakeholders — both inside and outside of your company — that you may need or want to engage.
Explore some of the organizations, initiatives, and advocacy groups that use corporate engagement and/or market activism to advance safer chemicals in consumer products.
Get up to speed quickly with this glossary that provides definitions for key terms related to safer chemicals.
Food packaging can contribute to the migration of chemicals of concern into food. Here's why you should set safer food packaging goals.
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 personal care product goals.
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.
Each year, we take a step back from the headlines and conferences to assess how, and how much, companies were integrating sustainability into business strategy and operations.