Are you using eco cleaning products? Are you sure? With so much greenwashing going around these day, it is hard to know for sure. In short, taking care of our environment and our health is hard.
What companies are doing to “seem green” runs the gambit, especially with eco cleaning products. At one end of the scale, some seem to intentionally mislead consumers by greenwashing their green cleaning products and green janitorial supplies. At the other end are companies who have become role models. In the middle, are companies are legitimately doing things to help the environment, but they muddy the waters when trying to convey exactly what they are doing. This creates confusion for you.
So what’s a consumer to do? A good first step is to understand the product labels you may find one your eco cleaning products. Some companies apply green labels to their own products, e.g. Greenlist by S.C. Johnson. These have not been evaluated by any third party. Others earn the right to display other labels because they have completed a full scale certification process that come from government agencies or neutral third parties. One of the oldest (began in 1989) and most respected certification programs for eco cleaning products in the USA is Green Seal.
Green Seal is dedicated to safeguarding the environment and transforming the marketplace by promoting the manufacture, purchase, and use of environmentally responsible products and services. In fact their mission is to use science-based programs to enable consumers, purchasers and companies to create a more sustainable world. They provide a third-party review and certification for eco friendly cleaning products and companies.
The Green Seal organization certifies everything from coffee filters to hotels. Currently there are 8 standards for eco cleaning products for household and industrial / janitorial applications. Some of the factors considered in evaluating the products are that they are:
- Absent of any carcinogens, mutagens, and reproductive toxins
- Low-level of sensitivity with respect to eyes, skin
- Contains no heavy metals, phthalates or other prohibited ingredients
- Minimal volatile organic compounds (VOC) or ozone depleting substances
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This is one of the most recognizable certification programs for the eco cleaning products that any business seeking LEED (i.e., Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification uses for their building from the US Green Building Council.
Sometimes it is hard to find eco cleaning products that have earned the Green Seal certification, especially for the residential consumer who is seeking natural green home cleaning options. Green Cleaning Products selects products that meet the stringent certification standards that have been established by the independent third party certification body, Green Seal.