Video: Strategies and Tools for Purchasing Products with Safer Chemistries

Several hundred people tuned in today for this webinar co-hosted by SPLC, the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, the Responsible Purchasing Network, and the Green Electronics Council. The webinars five presenters explored and built-upon the findings of the recently released report Advancing Safer Chemicals in Products: The Key Role of Purchasing.

Resources mentioned in the webinar:

Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
The Lowell Center website contains many research reports, news items, and tools related to safer chemistry.

Oregon Green Chemistry Innovations Institute
Oregon’s Executive Order No. 12-05 established a cross-agency and cross-sector collaboration to promote the purchasing of products with safer chemistry and the development of safer products by Oregon industry.

Oregon Healthy Purchasing Coalition
Comprised of cities, counties, ports and higher education institutions, the coalition collaborates to implement a shared framework to purchasing healthier products (see the Healthy Purchasing Checklist), harmonize practices, and promote transparency.

Perkins+Will’s Transparency Site
This website hosts Perkins+Will’s Precautionary List, Asthma Triggers & Asthmagens List, and Flame Retardants List. The chemicals in each list are mapped both to health and environmental concerns and to building products in which they are commonly found. The site also contains research, such as the white paper on alternatives to flame retardants described during the webinar.

Cleaning in Healthcare Facilities: Reducing Human Health Effects and Environmental Impacts
This research report summarizes the main health and environmental impacts related to conventional surface cleaning, describes a systems approach for designing and implementing healthier and environmentally friendlier cleaning strategies for the healthcare sector.

Health Product Declaration Collaborative
A Health Product Declaration is an open standard format for the accurate reporting of material contents and potential health hazards.

Pharos Project
A tool for evaluating the chemistry of building products.

GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals
GreenScreen is a method of comparative Chemical Hazard Assessment (CHA) that can be used for identifying chemicals of high concern and safer alternatives.

Purchasing Guides from Responsible Purchasing Network
Purchasing Guides are a benefit available to RPN Members online or as a PDF download. The online version of each Purchasing Guide includes a searchable products database. PDF copies of the Purchasing Guides are also available to non-Members for purchase on RPN’s Publications page.

Healthy Purchasing for Healthy Schools Guidance
This guide covers cleaning supplies, office equipment, interior wall and ceiling paints, office supplies, art supplies and furniture. See the webcast about the guide.

EPEAT Registry
EPEAT is a comprehensive global environmental rating system that helps purchasers identify greener computers and other electronics.

SPLC’s Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0
This comprehensive guide for organizations establishing and running sustainable purchasing programs, includes category guides for chemically-intensive products, including cleaning and sanitizing products, electronics, and more.

Oregon Environmental Council

Perlmutter Associates