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.
- 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
- 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
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.