The Six Classes concept can help manufacturers, retailers, designers, and large purchasers avoid using whole classes of chemicals of concern in consumer products and building materials.  The ideas below are a few examples of how businesses and other organizations can apply the Six Classes concept in practice. Action by consumers is also important — specific suggestions are found in each class video.

Use the Six Classes framework to:

  • Educate your workforce
    • Prepare salespeople to answer consumer questions
    • Align your team around common sustainability goals
  • Streamline communications about avoiding these chemicals within your supply chain
  • Ensure that purchasing and design specifications are aimed at reducing the use of these groups of chemicals
  • Mark progress in reducing use of chemicals of concern in annual sustainability reports

Suggested formats include:

  • Integrate use of the videos in training curricula
  • Host a brown bag lunch and discuss how the Six Classes could help your organization move towards the goal of reducing chemicals of concern
  • Mention the Six Classes in your newsletter and include a link to this website

Example: COOP Denmark

COOP, the largest supermarket chain in Denmark, is a pioneer in its use of the class concept in retail.  After successfully removing highly fluorinated chemicals from nearly all of their store-brand products, COOP recently launched a campaign urging the Danish government to ban the classes of bisphenols and fluorinated chemicals in all food contact materials.  Watch their video below to learn more.

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