The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

ACI Joins Coalition Voices, Urging Congress to Support EPA Safer Choice Program

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The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) signed on to a letter expressing strong support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safer Choice Program.

ACI is one of 90 signatories that came together, representing brands, chemical manufacturers, governments, NGOs and retailers.

In the letter, the coalition asks Congress to “provide funding at a level that allows the program to be fully staffed and resourced.”

The letter also highlights how companies across the value chain utilize the Safer Choice brand to advance their individual safer chemical initiatives, for example:

  • Chemical manufacturers have invested in developing safer chemicals now listed on the Safer Choice’s Safer Chemicals Ingredients List (SCIL), which allows these manufacturers to offer safer chemicals to the market that carry the robust third-party verification of the EPA.
  • Brand owners and product manufacturers have invested in Safer Choice by reformulating products to obtain Safer Choice certification.
  • Major retailers specify the Safer Choice label as a way to verifiably meet corporate goals laid out in public-facing chemicals policies.

In 2020, the American Cleaning Institute became the first non-manufacturer organization to successfully submit cleaning product ingredients for inclusion in the SCIL.

The Safer Choice Program also provides value to entities outside of the supply chain:

Read the letter in full here.

The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI – is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $60 billion U.S. cleaning product supply chain. ACI members include the manufacturers and formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and chemical distributors. ACI serves the growth and innovation of the U.S. cleaning products industry by advancing the health and quality of life of people and protecting our planet. ACI achieves this through a continuous commitment to sound science and being a credible voice for the cleaning products industry.

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