GreenScreen®: Did you know?

6/20/2017 Clean Production Action Bulletins



ellen_7-22-2011-1-19-4_cropped 2Created ten years ago, GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals is now a widely recognized tool for assessing chemical hazards, identifying chemicals of concern, and selecting safer alternatives. GreenScreen’s adoption into standards, programs, and companies highlights its value. Did you know there are approximately 900 chemicals assessed with GreenScreen? Functional uses of these chemicals range from flame retardants, to plasticizers, to biocides. Over 160 of these assessments are freely available. Of these assessments, 46% are Benchmark-1s ("red"), 46% are Benchmark-2s, 7% are Benchmark-3s, and 2% are Benchmark-4s ("green").

Stay tuned as our GreenScreen Store will soon transition to a registry of GreenScreen assessed chemicals and where you can find them. In the meantime, you can find GreenScreen assessed chemicals in our Store, Healthy Building Network’s Pharos & Data Commons databases, and TechStreet.

Check out how GreenScreen is being used:

GreenScreen Claims

GreenScreen-Logo new 4cBrowse our website to understand who can make claims and in what ways.

Get answers to questions like:
  • Who can make GreenScreen product claims?
  • How do you know if a product claim is true?
  • Who can provide GreenScreen-related services?
  • Can GreenScreen service providers authorize GreenScreen product claims?
Become better acquainted with GreenScreen claims here.
EDF Report: “Smart Innovation: The Opportunity for Safer Preservatives”

edfreportAssembling a small group of product manufacturers and preservative suppliers, the Environmental Defense Fund conducted a toxicological evaluation on 16 commercially available preservatives by utilizing CPA’s GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals.

Chemical Watch reported on the findings in its article “GreenScreen reveals hazard ‘hotspots’ for preservatives used in cosmetics” as well as Bloomberg BNA in “Green Products to Face Shortfall in Key Ingredients: Report.”  

Read the 
California Department of Toxic Substances Control Alternatives Analysis Guide

dtsc_scpThis guide from the Department of Toxic Substances Control provides guidance on how to perform alternatives analyses that meet the requirements of the Safer Consumer Products regulations. GreenScreen is highlighted among the tools for evaluating and comparing chemical hazard. 

Click here to read more about GreenScreen’s role in the Alternative Analysis Guide.


Over 850 people have been trained in GreenScreen to date. Clean Production Action offers a wide range of training options for all levels of expertise ranging from free introductory online webinars to in-depth training to become an Authorized GreenScreen Practitioner®. Learn more about all the training options and our GreenScreen Professionals.

GreenScreenJourney_small_jpeg 2What people are saying about GreenScreen trainings:

“GreenScreen is an elegant system, and it is one bright light in the sea of misinformation and confusion. I think people who have trained in the Practitioner Program will be able to impress on others the need to be deliberate and thorough and serious about chemical hazard assessment to yield the transformation necessary.” 
-Catherine Bobenhausen, Vidaris, Inc.

“We know there is often not enough consideration given to hazard characteristics when choosing chemicals during product design. Having a straightforward process such as the GreenScreen Benchmarks for evaluating chemical hazard and people trained to use it is incredibly valuable.”
-Mark Snyder, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

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All the best,

Ellen Goldberg

Operations Manager