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Safer Chemicals

Moving away from toxic substances toward safer and cleaner chemicals and products will drive innovation and job creation while also making workplaces and communities safer. By changing the laws that govern the rules of how chemicals in commerce are used, tested and reported on, we can establish a fertile landscape for green and renewable chemistry to create new and exciting alternatives to toxic chemicals. Downstream uses can have the confidence of knowing what is in the products they make and sell when meaningful transparency rules are in place.

Watch Jessica Alba, co-founder of The Honest Company, make the business case for chemical reform:

 

Using safer chemicals makes sense for our economy, health, and environment. The benefits of reform to businesses are significant and include:

  • Leveling the playing field by requiring existing chemicals to meet the same testing requirements as new chemicals. Expanding markets for safer and greener chemicals and products.
  • Creating a more predictable regulatory system.
  • Reducing the costs and risks associated with managing chemicals in products and across supply chains. Lowering expenses from chemically-induced employee illness and enhancing productivity from improved employee health.
  • Identifying chemicals of high concern to human health or the environment.
  • Increasing trust among consumers, employees, communities, and investors.
  • Improving transparency and communication throughout the supply chain, leading to increased confidence for downstream users.
  • Creating a more competitive, innovative and economically sustainable chemical industry in the U.S.