Getting Beyond Analysis Paralysis in Sustainable Product Development

Much of the corporate sustainability efforts out there are modeled after the world of environmental and urban planning. This is no surprise, as planners in municipal agencies were some of the first champions of sustainability. However, there is a dark side to wholly adopting the planning model of sustainability into corporate efforts: analysis paralysis. Ask […]

How to Save the Foam Food Packaging Industry

We are swimming in foam and other plastic food packaging—literally. Go into the vast majority of food service establishments in Miami or the Florida Keys, and you will be served with disposable polystyrene foam cups, foam take-out containers, and foam to-go boxes loaded into plastic bags. Florida passed a law in 2008 prohibiting its municipalities from enacting plastic bag regulations designed to […]

What’s in a Kid’s Products (Part 3)

The State of Washington Department of Ecology went out to 14 major retail stores in 2014 and tested 297 articles of kids’ clothing on its shelves for chemicals of high concern to children, including toxic metals, phthalates, and various solvents (ethylene glycol, MEK, styrene, D4, and 4-nonylphenol). The results revealed that chemicals of high concern […]

What’s in a Kid’s Products? (Part 2)

We learned in part one of this article that the Washington Children’s Products Database is a wealth of information about the frequency with which companies are using chemicals of highest concern to children. Part two of this article delves deeper into the WA database and illustrates the types of data available, while describing some fundamental relationships that are revealed by […]

What’s in a Kid’s Products? (Part 1)

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Oregon recently passed its Toxic-Free Kids Act, modeled after Washington’s Children’s Safe Product Act. The Washington Act requires manufacturers to self-report on their use of over 60 chemicals of high concern to children. Oregon is planning to require self-reporting on what will likely be this same group of chemicals—this means the Washington experience is highly relevant […]

Free Public Version Available of EcoValuate Alternatives Assessment Tool

EcoValuate has made available a free public version of its Alternatives Assessment tool.  The tool allows users to visually evaluate how alternative product development strategies perform in terms of hazards, economics, exposure potential, materials/life-cycle, and performance.  To start using the tool, go to  Alternatives to Triclosan in Hand Soaps – Summary Matrix in EcoValuate Tool

EcoValuate Alternatives Analysis Software Tool – Beta Testing

Beta testing begins early this year on the EcoValuate alternatives analysis software tool. The software is designed to help users visually compare multiple alternatives when greening their products or conducting any other type of environmental, economic, and/or social impact assessment. The tool is highly customizable, yet is also populated with evaluation criteria and categories identified […]

Chemicals to Avoid in Consumer Products – Monographs for Purchasers

If you are tasked with making purchases for your employees, customers, or family and are thinking about health and sustainability, this article is for you. We’ve created a series of monographs highlighting some common product/chemical hazards and safer alternatives. Reach out to your supplier and be sure to get more information if any of these […]

Sustainable Alternatives to Unfettered Offshore Drilling

This month, our CEO (Joanna Malaczynski) was invited to write a blog article for the Surfrider Foundation on offshore drilling (pressure is now building to expand drilling offshore on the East and West Coasts).  You can view the full article—“Sustainable Alternatives to Unfettered Offshore Drilling” at the following link:

The Elephant in the Room: Dealing with Change in Sustainable Product Development

Let’s face it. Underlying any efforts to green your product, increase the sustainability of your organization or boost your environmental efforts is one common factor: change. Change is not for the queasy or the faint of heart. It requires enthusiasm, excitement, a little bit of courage and definitely confidence.  But it seems like whenever you talk about […]