When you see the DfE logo on a product it means that the DfE scientific review team has screened each ingredient for potential human health and environmental effects and thatbased on the best currently available information, EPA predictive models, and expert judgmentthe product contains only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class.
The Design for the Environment label is recognized by retailers as a mark of environmental preferability. To consumers, the mark means that products are better for health and the environment.
Design for the Environment has approved more than 2,000 industrial and institutional products.
Top DfE Questions
What's New with DfE?
September 19, 2012 – Through its DfE program, EPA has posted a
List of Safer Chemical Ingredients
for use in DfE-labeled products.
Read more about the list and accompanying changes to the DfE Standard (PDF)
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July 31, 2012 – Through its DfE program, EPA has released for comment the draft report "Bisphenol A (BPA) Alternatives in Thermal Paper" (PDF) (492pp, 6.1MB, About PDF). Read more about the BPA Alternatives in Thermal Paper Partnership . The draft report is available for comment until October 1, 2012. Please send comments to Cal Baier-Anderson (Baier-Anderson.Caroline@epa.gov).
July 30, 2012 – Through its DfE program, EPA has released for comment the draft report "An Alternatives Assessment for the Flame-Retardant Decabromodiphenyl Ether (DecaBDE)" (PDF) (812pp, 10.2MB, About PDF). Read the press release . Read more about the Flame-Retardant Alternatives for DecaBDE Partnership. Please send comments to Emma Lavoie (Lavoie.Emma@epa.gov) by September 30, 2012.