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EPA Recognizes TURI Lab


The EPA's Design for the Environment Program recently recognized the TURI Laboratory as a Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI) Champion for “demonstrating outstanding efforts to encourage the use of safer surfactants.”

The Program recognizes environmental leaders who voluntarily commit to the use of safer surfactants. Surfactants such as Nonyl Phenol Ethoxylates have been found to degrade into toxic byproducts resulting in serious health implications. Safer surfactants break down quickly to non-polluting compounds and help protect aquatic life in both fresh and salt water.

Since 1993, the TURI Lab has been helping manufacturing companies in Massachusetts identify, and test the performance of, safer alternatives to hazardous solvents. In more recent years, the Lab has been testing the performance of safer janitorial formulations. The results of thousands of product trials, available in a free, online tool, CleanerSolutions database, is a valuable resource for any institution looking for safer cleaning products for both janitorial and industrial applications.