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Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI)


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EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) Program is pleased to recognize several Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI) Champions.

What Is the Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative?

Through the Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI), EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) Program recognizes environmental leaders who voluntarily commit to the use of safer surfactants. Safer surfactants are surfactants that break down quickly to non-polluting compounds and help protect aquatic life in both fresh and salt water. Nonylphenol ethoxylates, commonly referred to as NPEs, are an example of a surfactant class that does not meet the definition of a safer surfactant.

The Design for the Environment Program has identified safer alternative surfactants through partnerships with industry and environmental advocates. These safer alternatives are comparable in cost and are readily available. CleanGredients® is a source of safer surfactants and can be found at www.CleanGredients.org. Exit Disclaimer

One-page fact sheet on SDSI (PDF) (1 pg, 196K, About PDF).

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How Businesses Are Recognized

Champion is the highest level of recognition offered under SDSI. At this level, the participant is invited to an awards ceremony, is listed on the EPA SDSI Web site as a Champion, and may use a special logo in their literature to help explain their participation in the program. The Partner category provides recognition of significant accomplishment towards the use of safer surfactants. Partners will be listed on the EPA SDSI Web site and may be granted recognition as Champions in the future.

Who Is Eligible for Recognition?

EPA's DfE Program recognizes businesses engaged in the production or use of surfactants, as well as those involved in the purchase or distribution of products containing surfactants. Others, including not-for-profit organizations, may qualify through actively encouraging the use of safer surfactants.

How Do I Apply for Recognition?

An application for recognition (PDF) (8 pp, 197K, About PDF) is available for download. Be sure you have version 7 or 8 of Adobe Reader to fill out and save a copy of the form. The application includes the criteria for Champion and Partner status.

DfE is accepting applications for the program and will review them and make recognition decisions on a rolling basis. Applicants should not be concerned if any of the materials refer to specific past dates; the materials were developed for the first round of SDSI, but still contain the guidance needed to apply to the program.

If you would like more information, please contact David Difiore (difiore.david@epa.gov).

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SDSI CHAMPIONS

Champion is the highest level of recognition offered under SDSI.  Champions have been invited to an awards ceremony and may use the SDSI logo in their literature to help explain their participation in the program.  SDSI Champions are listed below.

Chemical Manufacturers

Champions in this category have achieved the following—They have:
  • Demonstrated the manufacture of only safer surfactants;
  • Documented a strategy for ensuring the manufacture of only safer surfactants.
BASF Corporation
Bio-Neat Inc.

Product Formulators

Champions in this category have achieved the following—They have:
  • Demonstrated the use of only safer surfactants in products;
  • Documented a strategy for ensuring that only safer surfactants are used in products.
Ankem, Inc.
Auto-Chlor System
Barricade Fire Gel
Bissell Homecare Inc.
Canberra Corporation
Chemco Corporation
ChemLink Laboratories LLC
Clean Control Corporation
Colgate-Palmolive Company
Corporate Express, a Staples Company
Earth Friendly Products
Eco Concepts, Inc.
EcoDiscoveries
Environmental Manufacturing Solutions (EMS)
GEMTEK Products LLC
Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
Jaws International Ltd
JohnsonDiversey, Inc.
Klipper Group
Method
Momar, Inc.
Multi-Clean Inc.

Natural Soap Formulas
Naturell
PDQ Manufacturing
Pure & Gentle Soap Inc.
Racine Industries, Host and Von Schrader Divisions
Reckitt Benckiser, Inc.
RTX Scientifc, Inc.: DBA Refrigeration Technologies
SafeWash Technologies
S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Seventh Generation, Inc.
Spurrier Chemical Companies Inc.
State Chemical Solutions
SYSCO Corporation
Tennant Company
The Dial Corporation, A Henkel Company
The Procter & Gamble Company
Transchem, Inc.
US Formula Technology
U.S. Polychemical Corporation
Virox Technologies Inc.
VASKA

Retailers/Distributors

Champions in this category have achieved the following—They have:
  • Demonstrated that only safer surfactants are included in products intended for sale;
  • Documented a strategy for ensuring that only safer surfactants are included in products intended for sale.
EPIC CleaningProducts
Solutex, Inc.

Institutional Purchasers


Champions in this category have achieved the following—They have: 
  • Demonstrated the purchase of products containing only safer surfactants;
  • Documented a strategy for ensuring that purchased products contain only safer surfactants.
Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System
SRI / Surgical Express, Inc.

Others

Champions in this category have achieved the following—They have:
  • Demonstrated outstanding efforts to encourage the use of safer surfactants
GreenBlue
ISSA -- The Wordwide Cleaning Industry Association
Sierra Club
Textile Rental Services Association of America and Uniform and Textile Service Association
Toxics Use Reduction Institute Laboratory

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SDSI PARTNERS

Partners are recognized for significant accomplishments towards the use of safer surfactants.  Partners may be granted recognition as a Champion in the future, if appropriate.  The SDSI Partners are listed below.

Product Formulators

Partners in this category have achieved the following—They have: 
  • Committed to manufacturing only safer surfactants by a date that is reasonable for the organization’s circumstances;
  • Documented a strategy for ensuring the manufacture of only safer surfactants.
Athea Laboratories
Bullen Airx
Daley International
Flexocleaners.com
Gent-l-kleen Products, Inc.
The Hain-Celestial Group (Martha Stewart Clean)
HAZfree Inc.
Hillyard Inc.
Jelmar
Mt. Hood Solutions
National Chemical Laboratories, Inc.
New Dawn Manufacturing Company
NILODOR, INC.
Orange TKO Industries Inc.
Racine Industries, Host and Von Schrader Divisions
Rochester Midland Corporation
Sanolite Corporation
The Clorox Company
3M (Building and Commercial Services Division)

Retailers/Distributors

Partners in this category have achieved the following—They have:
  • Committed to using only safer surfactants in products by a date that is reasonable for the organization’s circumstances;
  • Documented a strategy for ensuring that only safer surfactants will be used in products.
The Hain-Celestial Group (Martha Stewart Clean)

Institutional Purchasers

Partners in this category have achieved the following—They have:
  • Committed to using products containing only safer surfactants by a date that is reasonable for the organization’s circumstances;
  • Documented the active encouragement of the use of safer surfactants.
County of Riverside, Custodial Services Division
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Others

Partners in this category have achieved the following—They have: 
  • Documented the active encouragement of the use of safer surfactants
Clean Production Action

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