Here are a few of the partnerships we take part in to help continually improve our products.
Design for the Environment
In 2005, SC Johnson became the first major consumer packaged goods company to partner with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the agency’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program.
DfE is committed to helping companies and industries compare and improve the performance, human health profile and environmental responsibility of products, processes and practices. SC Johnson has participated in the DfE Formulator Program, which encourages partners to make products that are environmentally safer, cost competitive and effective. Our DfE partnership products have included items such as Shout® Citrus Action and Shout® Trigger Laundry Stain Remover.
Charter for Sustainable Cleaning
In 2006, SC Johnson achieved Charter for Sustainable Cleaning membership with the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance (A.I.S.E.), a European-based international association of companies in the soaps, detergents and maintenance products industry. Now, SC Johnson is a signatory to the new A.I.S.E. Charter - 2010.
The Charter is a lifecycle analysis-based framework that promotes a common industry approach to sustainability practices and reporting. It covers initiatives from the human and environmental safety of chemicals and products, to eco-efficiency, consumer information and other topics.
The Charter 2010 update adds a product dimension that enables companies to give a sustainability assurance for indivdiual products with a Charter logo.
As part of our ongoing commitment to the Greenlist™ process and programs like the Charter, we have successfully increased the number of readily biodegradable surfactants used in many of our products, including several Mr. Muscle® cleaners that are sold in Europe.
Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative
Part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment Program, the Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative recognizes environmental leaders who voluntarily commit to using safer surfactants.
Surfactants are ingredients that act as wetting agents. For example, they help cleaning products work better by making substances such as dirt dissolve more readily when the product is applied to them.
Surfactants are one of the 19 categories of ingredients that SC Johnson has rated using our Greenlist™ process, which provides ratings for 95% of the raw materials we use. Our scientists use the rating information to select better ingredients for the environment and human health while maintaining the product performance you’ve come to expect from SC Johnson.
Because we make our products like Scrubbing Bubbles®, Mr. Muscle® and Duck® cleaners with better ingredients including safer surfactants, SC Johnson was named a Champion in the Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative.