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EPA Seeks Feedback from the Public on Proposed Label Options for Safer Products

Release Date: 09/08/2014
Contact Information: Cathy Milbourn milbourn.cathy@epa.gov 202-564-7849 202-564-4355; En español: Lina Younes, younes.lina@epa.gov , 202-564-9924, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is redesigning its Design for the Environment Safer Product Label to better convey to consumers that products bearing the label meet the program’s rigorous standard to be safer for people and the environment.

“We want consumers to be able to easily find safer products that work well,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “The agency wants to hear from the American people on which designs will help people identify household cleaning and other products that are safer for families and the environment.”

The redesigned label is intended to help consumers, businesses and institutional buyers recognize products that have earned the EPA Safer Product Label. All ingredients in products that earn the logo have undergone a thorough evaluation to ensure they meet high standards for safety and performance. When people use these products, they are protecting their families and the environment by making safer chemical choices.

Over the past 15 years, the voluntary EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program has grown significantly. More than 2,500 products have earned the DfE label because they are formulated with the safest possible ingredients for human health and the environment based on the best available science and protective criteria. The program helps partners drive change by providing technical tools, methodologies, and expertise to move toward safer, more sustainable formulations.

The agency is also seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders, including the chemical and product manufacturing industry, retailers, consumers and environmental organizations. This input will help inform the agency’s selection of a new label.

Comment on the proposed designs up until October 31, 2014: http://www.epa.gov/dfe/label