EPA Program Recognizes Canberra as a Product Formulator Champion

December 1, 2010

Canberra commits to use only safer surfactants in Husky® products

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program, as part of the Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI), has recognized Canberra as a Product Formulator Champion, the highest level of recognition offered in the category. As an SDSI Champion, Canberra must demonstrate the use of only safer surfactants in products and document a strategy for ensuring that only safer surfactants are used.

Safer surfactants break down quickly to non-polluting compounds and help protect aquatic life in both fresh and salt water. Nonylphenol ethoxylates, commonly referred to as NPEs, are an example of a surfactant class that does not meet the definition of a safer surfactant. NPE’s take longer to degrade than other cleaning agents, thus increasing the amount of time organisms are exposed to these chemicals. All Husky® products are NPE-free.

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