GC3 project groups have produced the following publications. These 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 goal of this report is to identify barriers and enablers to the adoption of green and sustainable chemistry that can be effectively leveraged to accelerate commercialization and adoption actions in the future. The report focuses on identifying factors that have led to the successful substitution of plasticizers in some product categories and to understand what is holding substitution back in others.
As investors and manufacturers seek new market opportunities for growth in the chemical sector, one of the portfolios attracting attention is the expanding portfolio of green chemicals—chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances from manufacture through disposal. While green chemistry has traditionally represented a very small segment of the broader chemistry industry, there is emerging evidence that this segment is poised to grow rapidly. In this report, we examine the business case for investment in green chemistry on the part of manufacturers, retailers, brands, and R&D teams. We present compelling evidence through a multi-method approach, relying on case studies, consumer product sales trends, economic value-added analysis, and prior research that suggests the green chemicals and products sector is growing rapidly and will likely become a dominant element of major investment portfolios in the near future.
Executive Summary (pdf)
Green Chemistry: A Strong Driver of Innovation, Growth, and Business Opportunity (pdf)
GC3 member retailers are working to implement chemicals policies and strategies that require information about chemicals in articles to enable informed decision making about the products they source and sell. GC3 member suppliers recognize the need for sharing this information with their business customers but are understandably concerned about data security and the level of effort required to supply these data. The GC3 undertook this project to develop an initial framework for article ingredient disclosure that delineates a common set of data elements to include. This framework is designed to help guide communication and facilitate agreements between retailers and suppliers, as well as harmonize retailers’ requests of suppliers.
Ninety percent of manufactured goods are in some way linked to the chemical industry. Yet, despite its many environmental, public health, business, and economic benefits, green chemistry is still only a small part of the chemical enterprise. The GC3's Agenda to Mainstream Green Chemistry identifies strategies and actions needed from all corners to significantly accelerate green chemistry's practice and impact. The document integrates existing and original research on green chemistry barriers and accelerators, along with input from our members who are leaders in the field.
There continues to be a growing interest and awareness in green chemistry. There are successful cases of adoption of safer alternatives, and scaling of supply, in response to demands from regulators and customers. However, overall progress is slow, measured in decades. Despite efforts from many stakeholders to accelerate green chemistry use adoption rates remain low. Why aren’t more green chemicals in use? What are the barriers? What is the means to accelerate adoption? The GC3 commissioned T. Fennelley and Associates to answer these questions through a series of supply chain interviews, discussions, and document review.
Advancing Green Chemistry - Report (pdf)
Advancing Green Chemistry Webinar - Slide plus audio (mp4)
Advancing Green Chemistry Webinar - Slides only (pdf)
This report, authored by the consulting firm Trucost, evaluates the potential business and economic value of safer chemistry. This includes reducing the use and generation of hazardous substances, reducing the human health and environmental impacts of processes and products, and creating safer products. The research included interviews with 17 industry experts, as well as a review of literature and available data on the business and economic opportunities achievable through safer chemistry and the business and economic value at risk from not adopting safer chemistry.
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.
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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.