What does the DfE ‘Design for the Environment’ mark mean?
It assures that the EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) scientific review team has screened
each ingredient for potential human health and environmental effects, and contains ingredients that pose the
least concern among chemicals in their class. The DfE mark is an easy way to know you are choosing a product
that is as safe as possible for people and the environment.
Design for the Environment Program (DfE) is a United
States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program, created in 1992, that works to prevent pollution, and the
risk pollution presents to humans and the environment. The DfE program promotes green cleaning and recognizing
safer consumer and industrial and institutional products through safer product
In the US, Design for the
Environment is an EPA program works to "notify the public" of less harmful substitutes to certain products. They
do so by labeling environmentally safe products with a DfE label to provide information on safer or alternative
products to those which use harmful chemicals.
LOOK FOR THE LABEL
Safer Choice helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform well and
are safer for human health and the environment.
EPA certified safe
products are recognizable by the DfE label. The label helps the consumer identify and choose products that are
safer for human health and protect the environment. The DfE logo on a product symbolizes that the DfE scientific
review team has screened each ingredient contained in the product for potential human health and environmental
effects and have recognized the product as being the safest option for consumers.
For Industrial and
Design for the Environment is an EPA program that distinguishes safer chemical products. EPA
uses rigorous criteria to ensure that Design for the Environment-labeled products are safe for human health
and the environment. The Design for the Environment label makes it easy for purchasers and users to quickly
identify safer chemical products that do not sacrifice quality or performance.
For more information regarding the
Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for Environment (DfE) program, go