Products with the Safer Choice label help consumers and commercial buyers identify products with safer chemical ingredients. Companies must adhere to a strict set of pass or fail criteria where multiple aspects of the product is reviewed.
What does the Safer Choice label mean?
Participation in the Safer Choice program is voluntary. Companies who make products carrying the Safer Choice label have invested heavily in research and reformulation to ensure that their products meet the Safer Choice Standard.
Products must pass strict criteria in order to spot the Safer Choice label. Once a product meets the criteria, EPA conducts annual audits to ensure the standards continue to be met.
What is Examined?
Every ingredient. The EPA reviews all chemical ingredients, regardless of their percentage in the product. Every ingredient must meet strict safety criteria for both human health and the environment. Some of the factors include carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, toxicity to aquatic life, and persistence in the environment. This ensures that any product spotting the Safer Choice-labeled products are safer for humans and the environment.
Product performance. Products that qualify to carry the Safer Choice label must pass category-specific performance standards.
Packaging. Partners are required to implement sustainable packaging measures and to improve the packaging profile.
pH. Products must meet the pH standards set that minimize skin and eye irritation or injury.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Safer Choice restricts VOC content to minimize indoor air pollution and respiratory concerns.
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