Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 16th March 2023 Issue no. 1056
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EPA picks ACI as Safer Choice Partner of the Year
The US Environmental Protection Agency has named the American Cleaning Institute, the trade association of the US cleaning product supply chain, as a Safer Choice Partner of the Year. ACI was recognised as an outstanding Safer Choice Supporter.
EPA's Safer Choice program helps purchasers for facilities, such as schools and office buildings, and also consumers, find products that perform and are safer for human health and the environment.
In 2020, ACI contributed toxicological reviews that resulted in eight chemicals being added to EPA's Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL) and was the first non-manufacturer to do so. ACI's news media coverage featuring the Safer Choice program generated a total potential reach of 11.2 million people in 2020 and highlighted that "Adding chemicals to SCIL encourages innovation and growth in safer products, increases markets for manufacturers and helps protect people and the environment."
Melissa Hockstad, ACI's President & CEO, explains: "Many ACI member companies have products and chemistries that are recognised by the EPA Safer Choice program. The SCIL allows manufacturers the ability to offer best-in-class safer chemicals to the market that carry the robust third-party verification of the EPA.
"ACI is proud to have supported the program for the last decade through ongoing work with EPA staff, including the advocacy of science-based principles for ingredient and product criteria."
ACI also partnered with the Good Housekeeping Institute to host its first-ever cleaning summit, which included a panel on ingredient transparency that discussed how the Safer Choice program helps consumers find products with safer ingredients. Good Housekeeping shared the Summit with its more than 782,000 newsletter subscribers.
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