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Cutting through Greenwashing Techniques for sleuthing product data sheets Dave Waddell LHWMP in King County, WA Dave.firstname.lastname@example.org
Where things stand, chemically The US produces and imports 42 billion pounds of chemicals every day. 82,000+ different synthetic chemicals currently in use in the United States 85% of producer notices to EPA for new chemicals lack health effects data.
Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County’s Plans in 1991 Collect HHW at our facilities Improve CESQG waste management practices Come up with a shorter name
LHWMP Reassesses – mid 1990s Our plan was to increase collection and construct more facilities We realized that providing more collection services and facilities was not sustainable and might increase use of hazardous products.
Prevention and Upstream Focus We still collect HHW and inspect CESQGs, but.. Our strategies address products at the design and manufacturing phases of development
Selecting green cleaners http://industrial.simplegreen.com/http://www.toninatural.com/store.asp
Lemon-Lime citrus components Plant-based Exceptional biodegradability Recognized as safe by FDA Replaces toxic, hazardous, dangerous petroleum chemicals Not a carcinogen, developmental toxicant or mutagenic This one sounds good
Febreze advertising “It’s like a breath of fresh air because it actually sweeps away stifling odors from the air using our patented technology and leaves only a clean, refreshing scent.” Chemicals don’t freshen air Air Clean Air freshens air
Problems with Triclosan Not broken down in sewage treatment plants Toxic to aquatic organisms, especially algae Endocrine disruptor in animals Often used to prevent catching a cold virus It doesn’t kill viruses, only bacteria Avoid antibacterial soaps
BestScent Smoke and Odor Eliminator Is it hazardous?
– Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Tox FAQ for 1,2-Dichloroethane
1,2-Dichloroethane ToxFAQs data Nervous system disorders Liver and kidney disease Damages animal’s immune system DHHS – Reasonably expected to cause cancer EPA – Probable human carcinogen IARC – Possible human carcinogen