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Chemical Footprinting: Companies Take Stock of Their Toxic Impact

Harmful chemicals are more difficult to quantify than carbon emissions but are equally destructive. Now you can track manufacturers’ chemical footprints.

Carbon emissions and water use have giant-sized foot icons to represent their impact, but hazardous chemicals haven’t, until now. The Chemical Footprinting Project (CFP) is one effort to help manufacturers measure their toxic impacts and make this information available to the public.

Clean Production Action (creator of the GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals), BizNGO, and the University of Massachusetts–Lowell all partnered to create the tool, which is designed to complement other frameworks like life-cycle assessment and corporate sustainability reporting.

Published June 1, 2015