Design for the Environment

Partnerships for Safer Chemistry

Over the past decade we have been privileged to work with the EPA's Design for the Environment.  The DfE has been at the forefront of change in the cleaning industry.  INTEGRA® has consistently led the movement to develop safer alternatives to hazardous cleaning. 

The DfE screens ingredients for human health and environmental effects.  We submit our formulas for review and by meeting the criteria, our product becomes "DfE recognized".  While the Federal Government does not endorse these products, this is the closest we can get to an endorsement.  The following products have been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for Environment (DfE) program for using environmentally preferable chemistry.

Accent - High Surfactant Laundry Detergent
Brilliant  - 
Multi-Purpose/Glass Cleaner
Citri Sour  -  Laundry Neutralizer
Defy  -  Concentrated Institutional Cleaner
Duet - Detergent With Oxygen Bleach
Harmony  -  Detergent With Oxygen Bleach
Natural  -  Multi-Purpose Cleaner/Degreaser
Oxy Boost  -  Laundry Performance Booster
River Rapids Fresh  -  Air Freshener
Stellar  -  Institutional General Purpose Neutral Cleaner
Zyme Plus  -  Enzyme Laundry Detergent
HPG Auto Dish - High Performance Green Auto Dish Detergent
HPG Foaming Hand Soap - HIgh Performance Green Hand Soap
HPG Rinse - High Performance Green Auto Rinse Agent
HPG Oven & Grill - High Performance Oven & Grill Cleaner
HPG Delimer - High Performance Green Kitchen Delimer
HPG Pot & Pan - High Performance Green Manual Dish Detergent
HPG Silverware Presoak - High Performance Green Utensil Presoak

                                                         
EPA/DfE recognition does not constitute endorsement of this products.  The Design for the Environment logo signifies that the formula for this product, as Anderson Chemical Company has represented it to the EPA, contains ingredients with more positive health and environmental characteristics than conventional cleaners. EPA/DfE relies solely on Anderson Chemical Company, its integrity and good faith, for information on the composition, ingredients, and attributes of this product. EPA/DfE has not independently identified, i.e., via chemical analysis, the ingredients in the product formula, nor evaluated any of Anderson Chemical Company’s non-ingredient claims. EPA/DfE expresses its judgment and professional opinion only as to the environmental and human health characteristics of the product, based on currently available information and scientific understanding.

INTEGRA® Green™
Download the INTEGRA® Green™ Brochure (Green Brochure.pdf) for a more in depth description on the above products. For more information regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for Environment (DfE) program, go to http://www.epa.gov/dfe/pubs/projects/formulat/formpart.htm

What Does the DfE Label Mean?

EPA allows safer products to carry the Design for the Environment (DfE) label. This mark enables consumers to quickly identify and choose products that can help protect the environment and are safer for families.

When you see the DfE logo on a product it means that the DfE scientific review team has screened each ingredient for potential human health and environmental effects and that—based on currently available information, EPA predictive models, and expert judgment—the product contains only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class.

Product manufacturers who become DfE partners, and earn the right to display the DfE logo on recognized products, have invested heavily in research, development and reformulation to ensure that their ingredients and finished product line up on the green end of the health and environmental spectrum while maintaining or improving product performance.

EPA's Design for the Environment Program (DfE) has allowed use of their logo on over 1500 products. These products are formulated from the safest possible ingredients and have reduced the use of "chemicals of concern" by hundreds of millions of pounds.

DfE product review.

Uncover masked chemicals of concern
By focusing at the ingredient level and on inherent characteristics, DfE is able to carefully scrutinize formulations and make meaningful calls on potential concerns. For example, a surfactant that is acutely toxic to aquatic organisms and environmentally persistent can appear to pose a low concern when blended with other less toxic and less persistent surfactants. Similarly, water, typically the largest percentage ingredient even in concentrates, can mask the toxicity of a hazardous chemical.

Spots negative synergies between product components
These potentially dangerous chemical combinations, which occur with surprising frequency in cleaning products, pose concerns for both acute and longer-term effects. For example, mixing nitrogen-containing compounds with amines will create nitrosamines, potent carcinogens.

Screens fragrances and dyes for chemicals that may present health effects
Some of the chemicals of most potential concern in cleaning products are those used in small concentrations. Chemicals of concern include sensitizers, carcinogens, and environmentally toxic and persistent compounds. Small quantities don't necessarily mean small hazards: A person, once sensitized to a chemical, can have an allergic response even if exposed at minute levels.

Safer substitutes for chemicals of concern recommended
Sustainability requires innovation and continuous improvement. The DfE program works directly with EPA's Green Chemistry specialists to identify and recommend safer chemicals to its formulator partners, continuously raising the bar and redefining the meaning of environmentally preferable products. DfE helps product manufacturers by educating them and guiding them toward the development of safer products. This is a win for industry, families and the environment.

DfE labeling process.

DfE is located in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). OPPT has regulated chemicals for more than 30 years and has unique expertise in understanding the impacts of chemicals on people and the environment.

Expect the safest possible ingredients
When the DfE logo appears on a product, it means that the DfE review team has screened each ingredient in the product for potential human health and environmental effects and that--based on hazard and risk information, the latest models and predictive tools, and expert scientific judgment--the product contains only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class. For example, if a DfE-recognized product contains a surfactant, then that surfactant will not be toxic to human health and it will biodegrade readily to non-polluting degradation products; many surfactants in conventional products biodegrade slowly or biodegrade to more toxic and persistent chemicals, which threaten aquatic life.

DfE formulator review is especially discriminating and protective
The DfE Program is unique because of two defining characteristics: its assessment methodology and its technical review team. The DfE technical review team has many years of experience and is highly skilled at assessing chemical hazards, applying predictive tools, and identifying safer substitutes for chemicals of concern. The review team applies the DfE assessment methodology by carefully reviewing every product ingredient (The review includes all chemicals, including those in proprietary raw material blends, which manufacturers share with DfE in confidentiality).

Are DfE labeled products are really safer?

Looking carefully at product ingredients
DfE starts with information that scientists already know about each ingredient such as how it works in a detergent, and how it affects living things. Where that information doesn't tell the full story, EPA looks at an ingredient's chemical structure - its components and shape - to understand how it could impact the environment and people. A chemical's structure can tell a lot about how the chemical will behave and what types of effects it may have when it comes in contact with people or the environment. DfE uses the special skills of the scientists at EPA who have studied chemicals for 30 years or even longer.

Allowing logo for best in class products only
DfE compares an ingredient's characteristics to other chemicals in the same class. That is, solvents are compared to other solvents, and wetting agents (surfactants) are compared with other surfactants. Before DfE allows the logo on a product, DfE makes sure that only the safest ingredients from each class are used.

Protecting your family and the environment
When you use a cleaning product, it is released into the environment-inside your home and down the drain to the outdoors. Adults come in contact with cleaning products on a regular basis, as do children who are often the most exposed when they crawl on the floor. Some consumers may prefer cleaning products that, for example, are inherently safer or do not irritate sensitive skin. Others may prefer products that break down quickly and do not harm fish or are safer for use around family pets. The DfE logo is an easy way to know you are choosing a product that is as safe as possible for people and the environment.

EPA allows safer products to carry the Design for the Environment (DfE) label. This mark enables consumers to quickly identify and choose products that can help protect the environment and are safer for families.

When you see the DfE logo on a product it means that the DfE scientific review team has screened each ingredient for potential human health and environmental effects and that—based on currently available information, EPA predictive models, and expert judgment—the product contains only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class.

Product manufacturers who become DfE partners, and earn the right to display the DfE logo on recognized products, have invested heavily in research, development and reformulation to ensure that their ingredients and finished product line up on the green end of the health and environmental spectrum while maintaining or improving product performance.

EPA's Design for the Environment Program (DfE) has allowed use of their logo on over 1500 products. These products are formulated from the safest possible ingredients and have reduced the use of "chemicals of concern" by hundreds of millions of pounds.

Ingredients

Accent


Ingredients (CAS): alcohol ethoxylate (34398-01-1), water (7732-18-5) and Acid Green Colorant Powder Blend Dye (Proprietary).

Harmony


Ingredients (CAS): water (7732-18-5), alcohol ethoxylate (34398-01-1), hydrogen peroxide (7722-84-1), water conditioners, (proprietary), sodium xylene sulfonate (1300-72-7), Fragrance (proprietary, see http://www.ifraorg.org/), Dye Liquitint HP Blue (non-hazardous, polymeric colorant) and Dye Liquitint Bright Yellow (non-hazardous, polymeric colorant).

HPG Auto Dish


Ingredients (CAS): water (7732-18-5), sodium citrate (68-04-2), potassium carbonate (584-08-7), water conditioners (mixture-no hazardous ingredients) and Acid Red 14 (3567-69-9).

HPG Delimer


Ingredients (CAS): water (7732-18-5), citric acid (77-92-9), Food Yellow #4 (1934-21-0) and Acid Blue 9 (3844-45-9).

HPG Foaming Hand Soap


Ingredients (CAS): water (7732-18-5), lauramine oxide (1643-20-5), alkyl sulfate (proprietary), alkyl polyglycoside (proprietary), sodium lauryl ether sulfate (proprietary), Fragrance (proprietary, see http://www.ifraorg.org/), FD&C Blue #1 (3844-45-9) and Food Yellow #4 (1934-21-0).

HPG Oven & Grill


Ingredients (CAS): water (7732-18-5), potassium carbonate (584-08-7), alkyl polyglycoside (proprietary), Dipropylene Glycol Methyl Ether (34590-94-8), sodium citrate (68-04-2), acid red 14 (3567-69-9) and Food Yellow #4 (1934-21-0).

HPG Pot & Pan


Ingredients (CAS): water (7732-18-5), sodium lauryl ether sulfate (proprietary), lauramine oxide (1643-20-5), alkylbenzenesulfonic acid (68584-22-5), isopropanol (67-63-0), Fragrance (proprietary,  see http://www.ifraorg.org/),  Food Yellow #4 (1934-21-0) and Acid Blue 9 (3844-45-9).

HPG Rinse


Ingredients (CAS): water (7732-18-5), oxirane, 2-methyl-polymer with oxirane (9003-11-6), sodium alkanoate (proprietary), Propylene Glycol Butyl Ether (5131-66-8) and Acid Blue 9 (3844-45-9).

HPG Silverware Presoak


Ingredients (CAS): water (7732-18-5), nonionic surfactant (120313-48-6), primary alkane sulfonate (mixture) and Acid Blue 9 Dye (3844-45-9).

Natural


Ingredients (CAS): water (7732-18-5), hydrogen peroxide (7722-84-1), alcohol ethoxylate (68439-46-3), lauramine oxide (1643-20-5), sodium gluconate (527-07-1), Fragrance (proprietary,  see http://www.ifraorg.org/), acid red 14 (3567-69-9) and Food Yellow #4 (1934-21-0).

NATURAL DOSE


Natural Dose: Ingredients (CAS): water (7732-18-5), alcohol ethoxylate (68439-46-3),  lauramine oxide (1643-20-5), Fragrance (proprietary,  see http://www.ifraorg.org/), acid red 14 (3567-69-9) and Food Yellow #4 (1934-21-0).