One of the core benefits of Cradle to Cradle Certified CM Products program is helping product designers and manufacturers identify, manage, and replace hazardous chemicals in their products.
There remains a growing concern as apparent from today’s headlines —
A report by the United Nations and World Health Organization found that instances of endocrine disrupting chemicals are going unregulated in everyday goods such as electronics, personal care products and cosmetics. These have been found to disrupt the human endocrine system, which regulates the release of hormones that control our metabolism, growth and development, sleep and mood.
(http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2249363/chemical-regulation-boosts-green-innovation-finds-report) We see this as a huge opportunity for business. So does Forbes. According to a recent Forbes article (http://www.forbes.com/sites/amywestervelt/2013/02/13/exclusive-new-research-links-chemical-regulation-with-market-innovation/), chemical regulation has the potential to open up a new industry for business, and a profitable one at that. The article calls attention to the effectiveness of small green chemistry companies taking advantage of this emerging industry, and goes further to explain the potential for big businesses.
"In the meantime, the venture capital community clearly views green chemistry as a good investment. Of the $4.9 billion in 2011 cleantech investments reported by Ernst & Young, petrochemical market research group ICIS tracked 30 green chemistry deals averaging $20 million each"