U.S. EPA Recognizes JohnsonDiversey as "Champion"
November 19, 2008
STURTEVANT, Wis. – [November 19, 2008] – The U.S.
Protection Agency today recognized JohnsonDiversey as a
the Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI), a
JohnsonDiversey helped develop through its leadership in the
Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Council.
The EPA recognized JohnsonDiversey during a SDSI awards
Washington, D.C. The agency also recognized other chemical
and product formulators that have met the SDSI standard.
The SDSI recognizes companies and facilities for voluntarily
phasing out the
manufacture or use of nonylphenol ethoxylates, commonly
referred to as
NPEs, which studies have shown can harm aquatic life. In 2007,
JohnsonDiversey voluntarily ceased producing and selling
alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEOs), which include NPEs, though
it remains legal
in the U.S. to use the chemicals in cleaning applications.
"We especially appreciate the leadership role
JohnsonDiversey played in the
development of the SDSI program," said Barbara Stinson,
Meridian Institute, the organization retained by the EPA to
Advisory Council. "Through its participation in the
was a catalyst for the creation of a program to recognize companies
safer ingredients in product formulations."
JohnsonDiversey began phasing APEOs out of products in the
continued to seek alternative formulations well before
publicly committing to
eliminate them from products in 2007.
"Eliminating APEOs from our products was the
responsible action to take,"
said JohnsonDiversey President and CEO Ed Lonergan.
"We're proud we can
tell our customers and our communities that we're setting
standards for our
products that are more stringent than current regulations in
order to protect
human health and the environment."
JohnsonDiversey's action has eliminated the annual use of
more than 2,250
tons of APEOs. Although these chemicals have been used for
more than 50
years in consumer cleaning, personal care and industrial
products to enhance
their effectiveness, APEOs have increasingly been associated
effects in the environment.
As APEOs break down in the environment, the resulting
been identified as potential endocrine disruptors that may
reproductive toxicity, according to some studies.
components are considered toxic to some aquatic species.
The EPA has not banned APEOs. However, Japan has banned
many industries in Europe have voluntarily banned their
regulations have also intensified in Canada.