According to the Wall
Street Journal, a new nonprofit institute, Green Products Innovation
Institute, has recently been formed to help establish product safety standards
to be used by
The law was passed in 2008, and will begin being enforced in 2011. The work of the Institute is based on “Cradle-to-Cradle” principles that were designed in 1995 by an architect and a chemist. The principles illuminate ways that products can be redesigned so that they end up becoming recyclable instead of pollutants. The institute is aiming to serve as a clearinghouse for chemicals in the state and hopes to advance a seal of approval to be used in manufacturing.
However, the Cradle to Cradle process takes so much time to put into practice that some companies who have been trying for years still haven’t completely transitioned their product lines. One problem is that safer alternative materials are not always readily available. The Institute hopes to collaborate with manufacturers and retailers to identify sources of safe raw materials and manufacturing techniques.
Governor Schwarzenegger hopes the certification process will
lead to fewer carcinogens and other hazardous substances being present in
consumer products, including toys, skin lotions, and candy. The Governor acknowledged that over 600 wells