MADE SAFE® is a program of Nontoxic Certified, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We provide America’s first comprehensive human health and ecosystem-focused certification for nontoxic products across store aisles, from baby to personal care to household and beyond.
Our goal is to change the way products are made in this country to ultimately eliminate the use of toxic chemicals altogether:
- We make it easy for people to find and buy products made without known toxic chemicals;
- We give companies a road map for making safe products, and
- We make it easy for retailers to select products that aren’t known to cause harm.
The MADE SAFE (Made With Safe Ingredients) seal literally means that a product is made with safe ingredients, without toxic chemicals known to harm our health.
The Science Behind Our Seal
MADE SAFE® screens ingredients against our Ingredient Database of known harmful chemicals, which is made up of thousands of chemicals found on scientifically authoritative lists from organizations and agencies around the world.
We then go above and beyond to examine ingredients for bioaccumulation, persistence, and general and aquatic toxicity.
MADE SAFE® certified products have passed ingredient screening for known:
- Behavioral toxins
- Developmental toxins
- Endocrine disruptors
- Fire retardants
- Heavy metals
- High-risk pesticides
- Reproductive toxins
- Toxic solvents
- Harmful VOCs
The MADE SAFE® (Made With Safe Ingredients) seal literally means that a product is made with safe ingredients.
We want to ensure that goods are made entirely from safe ingredients; that is, ingredients that are not known or suspected to cause human health harm as determined by scientifically recognized lists from around the world. In order to do this, our scientists and/or advisors analyze the materials, ingredients and chemical components of a product (as obtained through required paper screening) to ensure it does not contain known harmful ingredients or release vapors, gases, or by-products that could impact human health. (We are not, for example, determining whether or not the product is safe for a child to use unsupervised.) We scrutinize the molecular makeup of a product and our scientists determine whether or not those ingredients and elements are safe for the intended use of the product.
Once products are certified, it is still imperative that consumers follow the manufacturer guidelines for use.
The MADE SAFE / Nontoxic Certified Workplace
At MADE SAFE we are a small team of workers, volunteers, and interns. Each of us has pledged to stand in solidarity to foster a better, kinder, more sustainable and just world.
As an organization we are committed to creating a respectful, diverse, and dignified work environment. Our work on sustainability is reflected through the thoughtful and rigorous science we practice as well as in the work practices we cultivate at our respective remote locations. We embrace sustainability and work to reduce the impact we have on the environment whenever possible.
In order to be better, we must do better. One way that we at MADE SAFE are working for change is by helping to support and amplify the voices of those in the Black community as well as other under-represented communities creating and fighting for safer, cleaner products serving those communities.
That’s why MADE SAFE has established a new Initiative to make it easier for these businesses to work with us. Our new Grant Program is intended for business founders and/or owners who are people of color and/or members of traditionally under-represented groups. Please reach out if your business meets this description and you are interested in participating in our program, or if you would like to recommend a company for our program.
We are also working to bring more Black advisors onto our board, to ensure that we have better representation of people of color, and over time we will work for representation on our staff as well. We hope this increases our ability to listen, serve, and to reach communities of color more than we have in the past.
Our work hours are self-directed and at will, for all staff, volunteers and interns.
Welcome to the World of MADE SAFE®