The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized BASF’s Care Chemicals and Formulators business unit as a Champion in the Design for the Environment Program’s (DfE) Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI). DfE recognizes environmental leaders who voluntarily commit to the use of safer surfactants, or those that break down quickly to non-polluting compounds and help protect aquatic life in both fresh and salt water.
Champion is the highest level of recognition offered under SDSI. BASF is listed on the EPA SDSI website as a Champion and may use a special logo in its literature to explain its participation in the program.The DfE identified safer alternative surfactants through partnerships with industry and environmental advocates.
“BASF is the only chemical company to receive the Champion award from the EPA, and we will continue to strive toward using safer surfactants that protect the environment,” said Scott Thomson, director of business management, detergents and formulators. “BASF embraces sustainable development as a core strategic guideline that balances economic growth, environmental protection and social responsibility.”
BASF offers several products that present sustainable solutions to the industrial and institutional cleaning industry. In 2008 Inoterra surfactant systems were launched as an alternative to nonyl phenol ethoxylates (NPE’s) in North America. This new readily biodegradable surface active line of products can be used in all cleaning formulations. BASF offers a range of surfactants that are listed on CleanGredients, an online database of institutional and industrial leaning ingredient chemicals that provide verified information about the environmental and human health attributes of additives that meet EPA’s DfE screen. More info: www.basf.com/usa.
In related news, S.C. Johnson has also been honored by EPA. The company’s patented Greenlist process has earned it the U.S. EPA SDSI Award. The process is a classification system that goes above and beyond compliance, rating raw materials based on their impact on the environment and human health. Since it was developed in 2001, with input from the EPA, Forum for the Future, university scientists and others, the Greenlist process has enabled S.C. Johnson to select better raw materials. It is also available royalty-free to other companies.
Part of the EPA’s DfE Program, SDSI recognizes companies that voluntarily commit to the use of safer surfactants, producing safer products as stewards of the environment and public health. S.C. Johnson assigns a Greenlist score to each raw material used in its products based on a variety of factors, such as toxicity, biodegradability and more. S.C. Johnson’s Greenlist accomplishments to date include removing more than 61 million pounds of VOCs from the environmental footprint of the company’s products.
More info: www.scjohnson.com