FTC Issues Revised “Green Guides”

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued revised its “Green Guides” to assist companies in avoiding misleading environmental claims.  The revised guidance clarify guidance on compostable, ozone, recyclable, recycled content, and source reduction claims.  In addition, they advise not to use broad, unqualified claims that as stating that a product is “environmentally friendly” and “eco-friendly”.   The

California Issues Draft Safer Consumer Product Regulations

On July 27, 2011, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control issued its long awaited proposed Safer Consumer Product regulations.  Under the proposed regulations, chemicals of concern will be identified on the basis of their toxicity, adverse impact to certain sensitive populations, potential exposures, reliable information, and availability of safer alternatives.  DTSC will evaluate products

Green Chemistry Awards Lead to Improved Consumer Products

Professor Robert M. Waymouth, Stanford University, and Dr. James L. Hedrick, IBM Almaden Research Center shared the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Academic Award for their work in developing organocatalysts for efficient metal-free synthesis of biodegradable polyesters and other polymers.  According to EPA, they also “developed organic catalysts to depolymerize poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) quantitatively, allowing recycling

DTSC Draft Green Chemistry Rules

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) is expected to issue its revised draft green chmeistry regulations soon.  The agency recently issued its latest version to stakeholders and it is expected to release them publically in the near future.  These regulations will address specific chemicals in consumer products.

Oregon to Develop Policy on Green Chemistry

The Governor of Oregon signed an executive order on May 4 that essentially requires state agencies to develop purchasing guidelines for products that  favor  less toxic, greener alternatives. The order also requires agencies to increase awareness and develop programs to nurture green chemistry industries in Oregon.

California Proposed Changes to its Rigid Plastic Container Regulations

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is proposing new rigid plastic container regulations.  The regulations expand the containers subject to the regulations by including rigid containers that are single use and eliminating the exemption for containers with metal handles.

Cradle-to-Cradle Certification for Consumer Products

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (“C2C Institute”) is a non-profit organization that will certify products based on five categories –renewable energy, clean water, material health, social responsibility and material reutilization.  The C2C uses a 5-criteria protocol to evaluate products based on methodology that was originally created by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry.  The five

California Proposes Expanded Coverage of its Rigid Plastic Container Requirements.

 Cal Recycle (the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery) has proposed significant changes to its regulations of rigid plastic packaging containers (“RPPC”) .  These regulations apply to RPPCs with a capacity of between eight (8) ounces and five (5) gallons with exceptions for food and medical containers.  Such containers must be sourced reduced or have