About Us

CleanGredients: the online resource for green formulation®

CleanGredients represents a community of practice that brings together industry, government and non-profit stakeholders who have a vested interest in advancing the use of green chemistry in products.

Online Database

What We Do

CleanGredients is a database of chemical ingredients used primarily to formulate residential, institutional, industrial, and janitorial cleaning products that have been pre-approved to meet the U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice Standard. CleanGredients is an indispensable purchasing resource for formulators who are seeking suppliers of chemical ingredients that will help them to obtain the Safer Choice label. Using CleanGredients helps formulators reduce risk to their business, save money, and get their products to market faster.

Our Team

Who We Are

Elizabeth Ritch - Project Manager, CleanGredients

Elizabeth Ritch

Project Manager, CleanGredients

Elizabeth Ritch

Project Manager, CleanGredients

Elizabeth Ritch joined GreenBlue in May 2016 as a Project Associate focusing on the CleanGredients program, where she works with manufacturers of chemical products to find, use, and market greener chemistries.  Prior to joining GreenBlue, she worked with Ramboll Environ as an environmental consultant helping companies evaluate environmental risks in the context of business transactions, providing litigation support related to soil and groundwater contamination issues, and assessing compliance with environmental regulations.  Elizabeth holds a BA in Environmental Thought and Practice and Physics from the University of Virginia.  In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time outside and experimenting in the kitchen.

Sarah Messer - Communications Associate

Sarah Messer

Communications Associate

Sarah Messer

Communications Associate

Sarah Messer recently joined the GreenBlue team with a background in business and passion for sustainability and the natural world. After earning her BA in Spanish from the University of Virginia, Sarah followed her instincts toward cultivating a sustainable business. She co-founded and continues to co-own the popular local Charlottesville restaurant, The Juice Laundry. She joins our team as a Communications Associate, and brings her keen eye for design, fluid creativity, and boundless passion to drive her work.

Sarah enjoys spending every possible moment with her rescue dogs outdoors or snuggled up with a good book.

Our Partners

U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice Program

U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice Program

The Safer Choice Program advances EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment. The program uses EPA’s chemical expertise and resources to carefully evaluate products and to label only those that have met the program’s highly protective standards. By allowing use of the Safer Choice label on products, EPA empowers consumers and commercial purchasers to select safer chemical products that do not sacrifice quality or performance —and are safer for people and the planet.

For more information about U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice Program, click here.

CONTACT INFO Bridget Williams E: williams.bridget@epa.gov P: 202.564.8558
NSF International

NSF International

NSF International supports the design of safer, healthier and more sustainable products and processes through our extensive body of standards, protocols, testing, auditing, certification and validation services.  Our professional staff of engineers, microbiologists, toxicologists, chemists, public health experts and certification specialists in locations worldwide are here to support your sustainability strategies, help build brand equity, and differentiate your products in a marketplace crowded with environmental claims. Meet consumer demand for product safety and transparency with NSF.

For more information about NSF’s services, click here.

CONTACT INFO Taylor Clendenin E: sustainability@nsf.org P: 734.773.4198
ToxServices

ToxServices

ToxServices is a scientific consulting firm that excels at providing toxicology, regulatory, third-party risk assessment, hazard assessment, and auditing consulting services.

We are an authorized third-party reviewer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice Program, GreenBlue’s CleanGredients™ and Material IQ™ databases, and Clean Production Action’s GreenScreen™ as well as an authorized third party assessor for the Cradle to CradleCM (C2C) Products Innovation Institute. ToxServices professional staff members provide clients with a unique combination of toxicology, epidemiology, and regulatory expertise to resolve complex environmental health and regulatory compliance issues. ToxServices can bring your product to market faster, safer, and fully compliant with US, EU, and Health Canada regulatory requirements and directives.

For more information about ToxServices, please visit our website.

CONTACT INFO Erica Harriman E: eharriman@toxservices.com P: 202.429.8789
Gradient

Gradient

Gradient is an environmental sciences consulting firm dedicated to helping our clients evaluate the risks posed by chemical substances to human health and the environment, and design products and practices to minimize these risks.  We have a team of specialists in toxicology, chemistry, epidemiology, and engineering who are eager to help you make informed decisions about product stewardship and sustainability applications.

We are qualified to provide profiling for US EPA’s Safer Choice Program and Clean Production Action’s (CPA) GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals.  Our toxicologists are also certified by US EPA’s Sustainable Futures Program.

For more information about Gradient’s product stewardship and safety services, please visit our website.

CONTACT INFO Kim Reid E: kreid@gradientcorp.com P: 617.395.5577
ChemSec Marketplace

ChemSec Marketplace

ChemSec is an independent non-profit organization that advocates for a world free from hazardous chemicals. Among other things, ChemSec has developed a number of online tools that guide companies to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in their products and supply chains. Used by tens of thousands of professionals around the world, these tools are recognized by many of the world’s biggest companies, the UN, the EU and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Marketplace is a database that allows companies marketing safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals to share online ads for their products. All ads are visible to the public. Advertised products are not required to undergo third party review prior to listing; suppliers are responsible for determining that their advertised product meets the criteria. All products that meet legal requirements, comply with standards, or are eligible for third-party labels recognized by Marketplace, including ingredients approved to be listed in CleanGredients, may include this information in their advertisements.

For more information about ChemSec Marketplace, please visit our website.

CONTACT INFO Jerker Ligthart E: jerker@chemsec.org P: +46 (0)739-544 467
ISSA – The Worldwide Association for the Cleaning Industry

ISSA – The Worldwide Association for the Cleaning Industry

ISSA is a non-profit trade association that represents the commercial cleaning industry worldwide.  With over 9,000 members across the globe, ISSA represents every major segment of the cleaning industry including manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and cleaning service providers.

As a proponent of green cleaning products and practices, ISSA has worked closely with the EPA Safer Choice program in promoting the development and production of cleaning products with preferred environmental, safety and health profiles.  Likewise, ISSA has been a supporter of the CleanGredients program since its inception including participating on the steering committee that helped shaped the program, as well as promoting the benefits of CleanGredients to ISSA members and the cleaning industry generally.

CONTACT INFO Bill Balek E: bill@issa.com P: 800.225.4772
The Household and Commercial Products Association

The Household and Commercial Products Association

The Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) is the trade association that works collaboratively with companies that develop, manufacture, and distribute household and commercial products. The HCPA members employ 200,000 people in the U.S. and are proud to share this industry’s significant contributions to the economy, environment, and society. HCPA has been working with its members to create and maintain the Consumer Product Ingredients Dictionary, a unified source for ingredient names that are now required by both the states of California and New York and accepted by Walmart, Target, and the EPA Safer Choice program. These groups and many others consider the HCPA Dictionary the preferred way to standardize the ingredient names both on the label and online.

HCPA has been a collaborative supporter of the CleanGredients program since 2018.  CleanGredients-listed ingredients are cross-referenced in the HCPA Consumer Product Ingredients Dictionary, providing a benefit to members based on the complementary nature of these databases.

For more information about HCPA, please visit our website.

CONTACT INFO Steven Bennett E: sbennett@thehcpa.org P: 202.872.8110