Welcome to the Department of Toxic Substances Control

An Invitation to Participate


We Need Your Input

We hope the Green Chemistry Initiative will stimulate a spirited discussion to identify opportunities to protect Californians' health, create a better environment, and build opportunities for our state's green industry to flourish. We want your ideas on how to address the challenges identified below. Because your posts will be seen by others, and everyone will have a chance add to the discussion, we hope to bring together a broad range of ideas and come to a deeper, fuller understanding of the potential for green chemistry. Please feel free to post your initial ideas so we can begin this process and have ample time to discuss and refine the many ideas that will appear on this board.

We envision this as a transparent, iterative process. Comments and ideas will be posted on the Green Chemistry Initiative website. You may contribute additional comments at any time in the process. You may also receive additional requests for clarification or more focused input as we work through the ideas. It would be most helpful if initial thoughts are submitted early in the process.

Visit the Green Chemistry Information Exchange, A Conversation with California, to add your thoughts to these four discussion threads:

Challenge 1:  How to Move From Cradle-to-Grave to Cradle-to-Cradle?

In our society many materials, including consumer products, are used once and then thrown away. How can we move from a system where materials go from the “cradle” (raw materials, design) to the “grave” (landfills) to a “cradle to cradle” system where materials are easily reused, recycled, or degrade without posing a threat to the environment?

Challenge 2: How to Implement Green Chemistry? 

How do we stimulate the green chemistry industrial revolution in California and drive further green chemistry innovation and implementation?

Challenge 3: Toxics in Products by Design

How do we address concerns about toxics in products by design or intentionally added? Are there specific issues that should be considered for products that contain toxic or chemicals (e.g., perchlorate in car air bags, mercury in thermometers)?

Challenge 4: Toxics in Products by Accident

How do we address the issue of toxics in products by accident, due to carelessness or having been added to products, unintentionally added or in violation of manufacturing specifications (e.g., lead in candy, melamine in pet food)?

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