Safer products for businesses
- Risk to your staff, customers, and the environment.
- Your hazardous waste disposal costs.
We provide resources to help your business find safer products and reduce the use of hazardous chemicals.
Are you a state agency or local government?
How do you know if products have toxic chemicals?
Most products that contain toxic chemicals come with labels such as “Warning," "Poison," or "Danger," but not always. Check the safety data sheet (SDS) for a product as well.
How do you find safer products?
The best way to find safer products is to find products that have been evaluated and certified by a reputable third-party. Here are our recommendations:
EPA’s Safer Choice and Design for the Environment (DfE)
- Find Safer Choice cleaning products, including fragrance-free products.
- Find DfE-certified disinfectants and sanitizers.
Cradle to Cradle certified products
The Cradle to Cradle certified products program provides a wide range of certified products that are less toxic, and environmentally, socially, and ethically responsible. They use a tiered system for products such as:
- Building materials.
- Office equipment and furniture.
- Cleaners and chemicals.
- PFAS-free firefighting foam.
- Food packaging and serviceware.
- Thermal receipts.
- Medical supplies.
- Textiles and more.
EPEAT and TCO Certified (electronics and computers)
EPEAT registered products and TCO Certified products are electronics and computers that are certified to contain safer chemicals, such as safer flame retardants and plasticizers. These certifications also denote products that are more sustainable.
What if you can't find safer products?
There are many categories where certified products are less available. For these we recommend you contact our Safer Chemicals team or find resources that discuss and specify less toxic products such as the following:
Healthy Building Network (building materials)
- Insulatation and drywall.
- Flooring and outdoor recreational turf.
- Waterproofing and dampproofing materials.
San Francisco (SF) Approved product database
SF Approved provides a database of more environmentally friendly products you can use to replace more toxic items. The database is part of the City of San Francisco’s green purchasing program.
Training and education
We work with other organizations to offer webinars, in-person training, and other opportunities to build the skills you need to explore safer chemicals and products.