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May 1, 2009

Contact: Karen Angelo 978-447-1438

Green Chemistry Making Inroads in Product Development

Industry leaders setting stage for safer chemistry throughout supply chains join together at green chemistry conference on May 4-6 at Staples in Broomfield, Colorado

Broomfield, CO—If a company doesn’t use toxic substances in products to start with, it can improve worker safety, reduce disposal costs, and minimize public health and environmental concerns. These advantages coupled with consumer demand for eco-friendly products and tougher international chemical regulations, are driving some companies to design greener products from the ground up.

This concept supported by Green Chemistry and Design for Environment principles is gaining traction with a leading group of companies as the fourth Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) Innovators Roundtable conference, hosted by Staples, Inc. in Broomfield, Colorado and organized by the University of Massachusetts Lowell, takes place on May 4-6.

Large retailers such as Staples and Walmart who participate in the GC3, are challenging themselves and their suppliers to develop products that are safer for human and environmental health.

“Green chemistry is helping us develop a product design framework for ourselves and our suppliers that’s based on science,” says Roger McFadden, Chief Scientist and Vice President of Product Science and Technology at Staples. “Scientists traditionally see things as they are and ask why. Scientists practicing green chemistry see things as they should be, and ask how can I make them that way.”

The conference combines both big picture topics such as the state of chemicals policy in the Obama administration, as well as specific discussions of tools that help assess chemical exposure, hazards and safer alternatives. The GC3 will introduce a new resource guide, developed with the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, that includes practical tools and databases to help state agencies, companies, and academia transition to a green economy.

“The GC3 is a diverse and powerful group of companies across supply chains and sectors that has the collective potential not only to effect safer chemistry and products through market pressures, but also to ensure that any chemical policy reforms in Washington reward leading edge firms for their efforts to be good corporate citizens,” says Joel Tickner, Assoc. Prof. at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Project Director at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production.

To view the three-day agenda, visit the GC3 web site at:

About the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3)
The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (CG3) facilitated by the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at University of Massachusetts Lowell consists of more than 120 representatives, primarily from industry, throughout the United States who are on a mission to integrate Green Chemistry and Design for Environment approaches into product development. By reducing or eliminating the use of hazardous materials at the earliest stages of product design, companies reduce toxic waste, improve worker and consumer safety and protect the environment throughout entire supply chains.

For more details, visit www.greenchemistryandcommerce.org.