“This is a horizontal industry,” said Cathcart. “From household to I&I, diverse interests come into play. We meet the people
behind the titles and talk with them about roadblocks on their
end. These people are quite exceptional. We are trying to stay at
pace at what the market needs and keep confidence in brands
with the efficacy of products.”
Focusing on meeting company sustainability goals and more and
promoted as one of the“big three” events of Collaboration 2015,
the Alternative Assessment Special Session “Advancing Safer
Chemistry” welcomed Dr. Joel Tickner, director of The Green
Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3), a business-to-business
forum that advances the application of green chemistry and design for the environment across supply chains. The GC3 is based
at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
In his presentation, Dr. Tickner explored mainstreaming and
innovation in green chemistry and discussed initiatives and collaborative activities to assist in the movement
toward safer products.
“We need a more thoughtful evaluation of
alternatives to design of green chemistry solu-
tions,” he said, adding that regulatory drivers
like Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and
Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) are“moving
forward much quicker.”
“Informed substitution” that identifies
chemicals and non-chemical alternatives are
also big for moving green chemistry ahead. The
focus on the function—not the particular chem-
ical—as well as hazard and exposure reduction
and considering the“necessariness” of a chemi-
cal is important, he explained.
“Avoid paralysis by analysis,” said Tickner. “A
good goal is ‘excellent action not excellent pa-
perwork.’ Flexibility and adaptability are crucial.”
An independent third party can support
and scale the field, noted Tickner, using the model of the Health
Effects Institute started by the EPA in the 1980s to“fill in the gaps
in alternative assessment methods and tools.” It would also of-
fer cost reduction in meeting regulatory or market compliance
A recent development, the GC3 Retailer Leadership Council,
promotes “safer chemicals, materials and products across retail
supply chains and features big box retailers such as CVS, Home
Depot, Target and Best Buy.
He predicted that new preservatives for personal care will
open innovation and challenge the competition.
“Green chemistry may not be mainstream, but the avenues to
get there are evolving,” Tickner noted.
Safer Choice Partner of the Year
Another special session, “Environmental Marketing & Claims
Committee (EMCC): The Future of the Safer Choice Program,”
brought together key stakeholders including Clive Davies, chief
EPA named CSPA a winner of its 2015 Safer
Choice Partner of the Year award. The Safer
Choice Program, formerly known as the Design
for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling
Program, is a labeling initiative that works to increase ingredient communication transparency.
It uses specific criteria to determine if a product
may display the logo. Companies may voluntarily
submit detailed information about their product
ingredients to the EPA for review.
CSPA established its own voluntary consumer
product ingredient communications program and
worked with US EPA DfE as it developed its ingredient communication requirements in the
Larry Nouvel (left) received the Allderdice Jr. Award from Paul Siracusa. Dr. Joel Tickner presented on green chemistry.
The keynote speaker was NASA’s
who is also an author.