What You Should Know About Green Standards And Certifications
When it comes to commercial cleaning products, there are many shades of "green."
Third-party certification programs provide independent verification that products meet industry specifications for environmental standards. They help us maintain highly competitive pricing on our award-winning institutional Greening The Cleaning® products.
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Beware Of Greenwashing
“Greenwashing” is the act of misleading purchasers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. In order to compete in a market that demands “green” products, some manufacturers have resorted to creative advertising to mislead the customer about the nature of their product. So, make sure you know ALL ingredients in the products you purchase and carefully examine all environmental claims to ensure the environmental benefits they seek are reflected. Furthermore, always ask for a copy of the product standards, testing protocol and third party testing.
The Seven Sins of Greenwashing — Many people are aware of the high profile instances (BP after the oil spill, anyone?)but the practice isn’t limited to corporate makeovers. Greenwashing occurs from national ad campaigns down to labels on the products you buy every day.
Certified products, services and packaging are certified for reduced environmental impact. ECOLOGO Certifications are voluntary, multi-attribute, lifecycle based environmental certifications that indicate a product has undergone rigorous scientific testing, exhaustive auditing, or both, to prove its compliance with stringent, third-party, environmental performance standards.
Green Seal develops life cycle-based sustainability standards for products, services and companies and offers third-party certification for those that meet the criteria in the standard. Green Seal has been actively identifying and promoting sustainability in the marketplace, and helping organizations be greener in a real and effective way since 1989.
Safer Choice helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform well and are safer for human health and the environment.