WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 26 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners in 14 states and the District of Columbia, recognizing their achievements in the design, manufacturing, the selection and use of products containing safer chemicals.
The Safer Choice program helps consumers and buyers in facilities, such as schools and office buildings, find products containing chemical ingredients that are safer for human health and the environment.
“Cleaning products and other products made with safer chemicals — like those certified by the Safer Choice program — help protect workers, families, communities and the planet,” said EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Deputy Assistant Administrator for Pollution Prevention, Jennie Romer. “This year, we are pleased to recognize various organizations for their support of safer chemistry and sustainability, including organizations that have worked to make these products more affordable and accessible to everyone, advancing the commitment of Biden-Harris administration in favor of equity and the environment. Justice.”
This year’s winners represent a wide variety of organizations, including small and medium-sized businesses, women-owned businesses, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, and business associations. This year’s winners have all demonstrated their commitment to preventing pollution by reducing, eliminating or stopping pollution at its source before recycling, treatment or disposal.
Nominees for this year’s awards were encouraged to show how their work advances environmental justice, builds resilience to the impacts of climate change, improves water or air quality, or improves water quality. drinkable. Many recognized organizations today are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle the climate crisis. For example, several winners offer products with concentrated formulas that reduce water consumption and the use of plastic. This practice also reduces greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the amount of product to be transported.
Additionally, many winners have improved access to products with safer chemical ingredients in underserved and overburdened communities. For example, one nonprofit winner conducted targeted outreach activities in English and Spanish to promote safer cleaning techniques and products, including Safer Choice certified products, in food trucks. Many of these businesses are owned and operated by immigrant entrepreneurs. Another winner has made its line of Safer Choice-certified products more accessible to low-income shoppers by offering affordable prices and making these products available at retailers that often serve low-income communities.
In early 2023, the EPA will build on this work by announcing a grant opportunity for projects that have the potential to increase supply and demand for safer and environmentally preferable products, such as those certified by the Safer Choice Program or identified by the EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program.
A list of the 2022 Partner of the Year award winners is available below. Learn more about the 2022 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners and summaries of their achievements.
List of winners
American Cleansing Institute, District of Columbia
The Ashkin Group, LLC, Channel Islands Harbour, CA.
Bona US, Englewood, Colo.
Medical Case, Bloomfield, NJ
Church & Dwight Co., Inc., Ewing, NJ
Clean Safety and Health Team in Food Trucks (CleanSHiFT), Seattle, Wash.
The Clorox Company, Oakland, Calif.
Colgate Palmolive, New York, NY
Design for the Environment Logo Redesign Coalition: Environmental Defense Fund, The Natural Resources Defense Council, The Clorox Company, The Procter & Gamble Company and Reckitt
Dirty Labs Inc., Portland, Oregon.
ECOs, Cypress, Calif.
Grove Collaborative, San Francisco, CA.
Hazardous Waste Management Program, Seattle, Wash.
Holloway House, Inc., Fortville, Ind.
The Home Depot, Atlanta, Ga.
Household and Commercial Products Association, District of Columbia
Jelmar, LLC, Skokie, Ill.
Lemi Shine, Austin, TX
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, San Francisco, CA.
Mother Africa, Kent, Wash.
Novozymes North America, Raleigh, North Carolina
ODP Corporation, Boca Raton, Florida.
The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, Ohio
PurposeBuilt Brands, Gurnee, Illinois.
Sensitive Home, Greenbrae, CA.
Solutex, Sterling, Va.