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McFadden and Associates, LLC named Environmental Protection Agency Safer Choice Partner of the Year

A Canby company, McFadden and Associates, LLC, was recently named as a winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award.

The EPA recognized eight winners in the Pacific Northwest for achievement in the design, manufacture, selection and use of products with safer chemicals, according to a news release from the EPA.

COURTESY PHOTO: ROGER MCFADDEN - Roger McFadden of McFadden and Associates, LLC in Canby accepts the Environmental Protection Agency's Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award.

"We're proud to recognize our outstanding local Safer Choice partners of the year," said Tim Hamlin, director of EPA's Region 10 Land, Chemicals and Redevelopment division. "Their leadership and innovation in safer chemistry results in cleaner air and water for everyone living in the Pacific Northwest. We look forward to our continued partnerships to increase access to products that perform and are safer for people's health and our environment."

When the Safer Choice label appears on a product, it means that EPA has evaluated every ingredient in the product for potential human health and environmental effects, the release said, and that the product contains only ingredients that pose the least concern.

Safer Choice Partner of the Year McFadden and Associates, LLC, founded in 2016 by Roger McFadden, is a professional consultancy of green chemists, green engineers, sustainability professionals and innovative product designers, McFadden said. The company works with brand owners, retailers, chemical manufacturers and procurement professionals in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to innovate, formulate, specify and make informed safer choices when selecting chemical ingredients or institutional, commercial and household cleaning products.

McFadden serves as the president and senior scientist. Prior to creating McFadden and Associates, he was vice president and senior scientist for ten years at Staples (the major office supply retailer). Before that, he was the director of research and development for 18 years at Coastwide Laboratories, which has its headquarters in Wilsonville. There, he and his design team innovated the Sustainable Earth® line of green cleaning products.

"As president of McFadden and Associates, LLC, I am honored to accept the 2021 EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award on behalf of our organization and all of our business clients, NGO collaborators, consumer advocates and academia partners," McFadden said. "We are delighted to be part of the EPA Safer Choice community of leadership organizations, which reaches across the entire value chain."

Presently, experts at McFadden and Associates are using their expertise in the area of pandemics to help several major brand owners, retailers and chemical makers meet the growing consumer demand for high-performance, safer and more sustainable cleaning products.

"When we listen and understand what matters most to our customers and we work towards meeting their needs, then we truly create something valuable for them," McFadden said. "When we do it right, then we will create shared value for our customer, our community and our company or organization. If we can do that, then we have created a truly sustainable business model."

The other Oregon companies that won the award are Defunkify in Eugene, Dirty Labs Inc. in Portland and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Toxics Use Reduction Program.

Kristen Wohlers
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