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October 6, 2023

EPA Announces 2023 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award Winners

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

On October 2, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 30 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners, recognizing their achievements in the design, manufacture, and the selection and use of cleaners, detergents, and other products with safer chemicals. EPA states that the Safer Choice program helps consumers and purchasers of facilities, such as schools and office buildings, find cleaning and other products containing chemical ingredients that are safer alternatives for human health and the environment. According to EPA, many Safer Choice partners recognized below have shown leadership and innovation in safer chemistry and sustainable packaging. For example, one winner reformulated a floor finishing product to replace per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) with a safer chemical alternative. EPA states that the reformulated product “carries the Safer Choice label and demonstrates that water-based floor finishes can work well without PFAS, an important innovation for the sector.” The 2023 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners include:

American Cleaning Institute, Washington, D.C.

Apple, Cupertino, California

Blueland, New York, New York

Bona US, Englewood, Colorado

Case Medical, Bloomfield, New Jersey

Church & Dwight Co., Inc., Ewing, New Jersey

The Clorox Company, Oakland, California

ECOS, Cypress, California

Hazardous Waste Management Program, King County, Washington

Holloway House, Inc., Fortville, Indiana

The Home Depot, Atlanta, Georgia

Household & Commercial Products Association, Washington, D.C.

ISSA — The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, Rosemont, Illinois

JAWS International, Ltd., a Division of Canberra Corporation, Toledo, Ohio

Jelmar, LLC, Skokie, Illinois

Lemi Shine, Austin, Texas

Mighty Fire Breaker LLC, Rohnert Park, California

North Central Educational Service District, Wenatchee, Washington

Novozymes North America, Franklinton, North Carolina

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Pollution Prevention Resource Center, Portland, Oregon

Phibro Biotechnics, a division of Phibro Animal Health Corporation, Sarasota, Florida

Pollution Prevention Resource Center, Everett, Washington

PurposeBuilt Brands, Gurnee, Illinois

Roger McFadden and Associates, LLC, Canby, Oregon

Rust-Oleum Corporation, Vernon Hills, Illinois

Sensitive Home, Greenbrae, California

Seventh Generation, Burlington, Vermont

Spartan Chemical Company, Maumee, Ohio

State Industrial Products, Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Wexford Labs, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri