The U.S. EPA Design for the Environment Program (DE) and GreenBlue Institute (GreenBlue) have announced that the CleanGredients online beta version—developed as a one-stop shop for green formulation—is available for evaluation on the CleanGredients website, www.cleangredients.org. The website is a searchable database of ingredients for use in formulating cleaning products with improved human and environmental health profiles. The database is divided into modules for different ingredient classes, and the initial surfactants module is now ready for review and comment.
CleanGredients includes data and information on the environmental and health attributes of the chemical components of cleaning formulas. It is designed to help formulators identify ingredients that may be useful for environmentally preferable product design and formulation; and provide opportunity for suppliers of cleaning ingredients to showcase their ingredients with environmental and/or human health and safety attributes.
According to Lauren Heine, director of applied science at GreenBlue, the database supports environmental and human health goals with the cleaning product industry. It also assists formulators in devising products with human and environmental health benefits.