GC3 project groups have produced the following publications. These are available for download and GC3 publications are available for free download and distribution. These cutting-edge resources were developed though the efforts of GC3 project groups and provide extensive case examples, research, and analysis related to the application of green chemistry and design for environment. For more information on publications, please contact us.
The Business and Academic Partnership Project Group of the GC3 developed and piloted a new type of collaboration between companies and universities to evaluate safer alternatives to toxic chemicals. The goal was to generate robust assessments of alternatives to support chemical substitution decision-making by GC3 companies and their supply chain partners, through pooling of knowledge, data and funds. The model was developed through a pilot project focused on identifying and evaluating alternatives to a known toxic phthalate plasticizer in wire & cable applications -- DEHP (Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate). This project report provides a summary of the project results and links to detailed chemical hazard assessments for nine plasticizers.
Business-to-business communication of chemical data, such as chemical identity and health and safety impacts, along supply chains is critically important to product manufacturers’ efforts to make informed decisions on the health and environmental impacts of the products that they put on the market. Forward looking companies working to bring safer products to market need the active engagement of suppliers to provide relevant chemical information. This document provides tools and examples in support of improved supply chain communication between suppliers and their customers, and in the development of more sustainable products.
In an effort to gain some clarity about the definitions of terms commonly used to market and sell “green” products, a GC3 working group has developed a “Green Glossary.” Terms that are commonly used to market and sell green products were researched and a number of these were selected for inclusion in Version One of the Glossary. Gathered from various sources including government, industry, certifiers, and the nonprofit sector, the glossary presents a variety of definitions for single terms, highlighting the conditions making greenwashing so prevalent in the marketplace.
Faced with growing demands to identify, disclose and substitute potentially harmful chemical ingredients in the products they sell, innovative retailers are incorporating product chemicals management systems into their sustainability strategies. This report examines the influences on retailers to encourage the adoption of chemicals management systems; the systems that Apple, Boots, Green Depot, Patagonia, REI, Staples, and Walmart have adopted; and the challenges, benefits, and best practices identified in the development and implementation of these systems.
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As part of the Tools for Safer Chemical Assessment working group, three case studies of leading firms with complex supply chains were conducted to explore and share experiences on how these companies gather chemical information from their supply chains and how they use this information to develop safer products. A summary report synthesizes the lessons learned and best practices that were distilled from each of the case studies.
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For more than fifteen years, green chemistry and design for environment have been used successfully to benefit both the environment and the economy. In an effort to further entrench these approaches as the fundamental bedrock of industry practices and government policies, the GC3 and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable have teamed up to provide this guide outlining options for states to successfully promote research, development and application of these approaches to eliminate or reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in manufacturing and to promote a green economy.
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Given the general lack of information on many chemicals in commerce, some companies have developed screening programs and criteria to guide hazardous materials restrictions. Despite the development of these lists and publication by certain sectors or companies, there has been no effort to date to pool restricted substances lists across sectors and companies to better understand the types of chemicals restricted and rationale for their restriction. GC3 companies contributed their restricted substances lists for this analysis of key differences, trends, and the importance of RSLs within various industrial sectors.