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EPA introduces new Safer Choice labels and recognizes five Chicago area partners

Contact Information: 
Joshua Singer (singer.joshua@epa.gov)

Chicago (July 21, 2015) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman today highlighted the benefits of the Agency's new Safer Choice label and congratulated five Chicago area Safer Choice award-winners at an event at the Loyola University Chicago Searle Biodiesel Lab.

"EPA's new Safer Choice label helps people choose products that are safer for safer for families, pets, communities and the environment," Hedman said. "Our Safer Choice Partners of the Year are demonstrating that safer chemicals are also good for business."

This summer, EPA's new Safer Choice label began appearing on consumer products such as household soaps and cleaners. To qualify for the Safer Choice label, a product must meet stringent human and environmental health criteria.

In the first year of the Safer Choice Partner of the Year awards, the Chicago area has more winners than any other part of the country. The local award winners include:

AkzoNobel (Chicago)
ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association (Northbrook)
Jelmar, LLC (Skokie)
Loyola University Chicago, Institute of Environmental Sustainability (Chicago)
Stepan Company (Northfield)

Nationwide, 21 entities won EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year awards. Currently, the Safer Choice program has nearly 500 formulator-manufacturer partners that make more than 2,000 products for retail and institutional customers.

For more information about the Safer Choice program: http://www2.epa.gov/saferchoice