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

James Ewell - Senior Director, Sustainable Materials

James Ewell

Senior Director, Sustainable Materials

James Ewell

Senior Director, Sustainable Materials

As Senior Director of GreenBlue’s Sustainable Materials program, James is responsible for managing the development and practical implementation of its sustainable materials management framework. He has extensive knowledge and experience in sustainable product design and manufacturing, chemical transparency and supply chain management. As Director of Consulting for McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), James developed and implemented Cradle-to-Cradle criteria for designing and manufacturing sustainable products and improving corporate practices. He has worked with numerous corporate clients from a diversity of industrial sectors.

Prior to his tenure at MBDC, James has held positions at organizations such as the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the International Center for Development Policy. In addition, James has a long history of advocacy work in social justice and international development issues. He holds an MA in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, and a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Elizabeth Ritch - Project Associate, CleanGredients

Elizabeth Ritch

Project Associate, CleanGredients

Elizabeth Ritch

Project Associate, 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.

Anne Elsea - Communications Manager

Anne Elsea

Communications Manager

Anne Elsea

Communications Manager

Anne joined GreenBlue in March 2015 as the Communications Coordinator. In her role, Anne leads the organization’s communications through email marketing, website content development, social media, graphic design and copy editing. Before GreenBlue, she worked at a daily newspaper and still is conflicted over use of the Oxford Comma. Her background in publishing and passion for environmental causes drew her to GreenBlue. She is a 2014 graduate of James Madison University, where she earned a BA in Media Arts & Design with a concentration in Journalism. She believes that thoughtful design and clear communication can make an impact, and she hopes to educate the public about a variety of environmental issues through her work.

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
Cadmus

Cadmus

Cadmus provides professional consulting services that help clients achieve their goals and create social and economic value today and for future generations through exceptional technical expertise and a highly collaborative approach. Cadmus’ more than 600 consultants serve government, commercial, and nongovernmental organizations around the world. As an authorized third-party reviewer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice Program and GreenBlue’s CleanGredients database, Cadmus offers best-in-class technical expertise and customer service to uphold the Safer Choice brand’s commitment to public health and to promote social good and sustainability. With Cadmus, you can expect timely follow-up on all aspects of ingredient review and transparent disclosure of progress.

To learn more about the services Cadmus offers, visit our website.

CONTACT INFO Anna Weber E: SaferChoiceTeam@cadmusgroup.com P: 866.477.3792
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