Stephen Ashkin, president of the Ashkin Group and often referred to as "the father of Green Cleaning," is one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 21 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award winners.

The EPA Safer Choice Program is designed to help consumers and commercial buyers identify and select products that are manufactured with safer chemical ingredients and still meet high quality and performance standards. 

"Our scientists employ a stringent set of human health and environmental safety standards when reviewing products for the Safer Choice program," said Cathy Milbourn of EPA. "[This ensures that] a product with the [Safer Choice] label is backed by science."

Askin was presented with the award last month during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. He was honored for his leadership in the Safer Choice Program and in several market changing projects in which he has been involved.

"The Safer Choice program has made a significant contribution in ensuring that our homes, schools and the offices we work in and use are healthier for us and the environment," said Ashkin.

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