Eco Friendly Green Environmentally Conscious Chemicals and Cleaning Products
The following standards are applicable for chemicals and janitorial.
EPA Guide for Federal Purchasers (EPP).
EPA Design for the Environment (DfE).
Green Seal for the Industrial & Institutional Cleaners (GS-37).
Green Seal for Industrial & Institutional Floor-Care Products (GS-40).
Environmental Choice (EcoLogo).
Are you using the same products and cleaning techniques you’ve been using for years? Things change. There have been many innovative changes in cleaning products. It might be a good idea to consider some newer, greener, options. In the past, many
people believed that less-toxic chemicals wouldn’t work as well or would require greater effort. But today’s green JanSan product offerings are being manufactured by many mainstream companies and the certifying organizations such as Green Seal
require extensive testing and proof of efﬁcacy, not just the non-toxic chemical composition.
One of the basic principles of green cleaning is to protect the health of the people that live, work, visit or study in the buildings we maintain, not just to make the buildings shiny. Green cleaning gives us the opportunity to create a truly clean environment while taking into consideration the impact our methods and products might have on human health and the planet, both short and long term. Since we don’t always know what those consequences are, it is a good idea to make conservative, eco-conscious choices.
Product Attributes for Consideration:
Comply with all governmental requirements.
Energy efficiency/effectiveness (i.e. designed for use in cold water, etc.).
Minimal corrosive/irritating ingredients, carcinogens, ozone-depleting compounds, regulated hazardous material, fragrances and heavy metals.
Use of renewable resources.
Low VOC content.
Low toxicity in terrestrial and aquatic species (including humans).
No mutagens, reproductive toxicity, and phosphates/phoshorus.
Concentrated formulas with appropriate handling safeguards.
Clear labeling on use and disposal.
Efficient recyclable, compostable and/or recycled content packaging.