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Design for the Environment

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Design for the Environment Label

OPPT’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program focuses on collaborating with industries that possess the potential for chemical risk reduction and a strong motivation to make lasting changes. DfE convenes representatives from those industries and environmental groups in partnership programs that evaluate alternative technologies, materials and process improvements based on human health and environmental considerations, as well as performance and cost.

As incentives for participation and driving change, DfE offers unique technical tools, methodologies, and expertise. EPA also allows safer products to carry the Design for the Environment (DfE) label. This mark allows consumers to quickly identify and choose products that are safer for families and can help protect the environment.

Having the DfE label on a product means that an EPA scientific review team has screened each ingredient for potential human health and environmental effects and that -- based on currently available information, EPA predictive models, and expert judgment -- the product contains only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class. The DfE program has allowed use of their label on hundreds of products.

The DfE Program has reached more than 200,000 business facilities and approximately 2 million workers and is reducing the use of chemicals of concern by approximately 180 million pounds per year.


Read more information on the DfE Program and its partnership projects, and other sections of this report for information on DfE’s collaboration with the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program and its work through the Resources Conservation Challenge.

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