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Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction

Safer Alternatives

Find Safer Alternatives

As part of Ecology's Reducing Toxic Threats initiative, we aim to eliminate hazardous chemicals by identifying safer alternatives and working with companies to replace toxic chemicals in their products. Avoiding the use of toxic chemicals is the smartest, cheapest, and healthiest approach.

Make safer products

Are the chemicals you use safe? Are there safer alternatives? Eliminating hazardous chemicals from your products and processes makes your workplace safer and reduces liability. It's also the greatest step your company can take toward reducing dangerous waste.

Chemical hazard assessments – Evaluate the chemicals you use for hazards and look for safer alternatives.

Alternatives assessments – Compare chemical and non-chemical alternatives for safety and efficacy.

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EPA Safer Choice

EPA's chemical product labeling program is called Safer Choice (formerly called Design for the Environment). These labels help businesses and consumers identify safer products that work. Businesses earn the label on their products through a rigorous certification process. Learn more at epa.gov/saferchoice.

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Safer Chemistry Champion Awards

Ecology's Safer Chemistry Champion Awards program honors Washington organizations that are taking significant steps to:

  • Produce safer products.
  • Use safer or less toxic alternatives.
  • Use cleaner manufacturing methods.

Learn more or apply now.

Learn about green chemistry

Green chemistry is a way to design chemicals and processes so they are safer, healthier, and more sustainable. Green chemistry prevents pollution at its source by creating chemicals that are not toxic. This eliminates exposure to toxic chemicals for workers, consumers, and the environment. Using green chemistry also encourages reducing energy use, using renewable ingredients, and increasing efficiency.

Ecology uses the 12 principles of green chemistry to help Washington businesses be more innovative, profitable, and competitive while protecting human health and the environment.