Cleaning Product Safety & Environmental Solutions
The Green SolutionsMany organizations have taken the lead in developing consensus-based standards or in certifying products as "green." Options are available to purchase environmentally preferable cleaning products.
Certified Green Cleaning ProductsBuy Certified or Low-Risk Products.
Green Seal is a national non-profit that sets standards and performs third-party certification of products and services that cause less toxic pollution and waste, conserve resources and habitats, and minimize global warming and ozone depletion. Green Seal has certified cleaning products in several categories meeting their Industrial and Institutional Cleaners Standard (GS- 37) and Industrial and Institutional Floor-Care Products Standard (GS-40).
For a list of cleaning products that meet these standards, visit www.greenseal.org/certproducts.htm
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), has certified cleaning products for biodegradability.
Visit SCS on-line at www.scscertified.com.
National Consensus-Based Standard was developed by a work group of experts coordinated by the Center for a New American Dream. Massachusetts extensively tested all of the cleaners at an independent laboratory at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at the University of Massachusetts Lowell using three different surfaces and soils.
Find more information about their program at www.mass.gov/epp/products/cleaning.htm.
The City of Santa Monica used the same criteria as Massachusetts in their “green” cleaning products bid in 2004 and found similar results. The city estimates its cleaning product purchases have eliminated 3,200 pounds of hazardous materials annually and saved approximately 5% on cleaning expenses.
For a list of cleaning products approved by Massachusetts and Santa Monica in the bidding process, refer to www.newdream.org.
Janitorial Cleaning Services Using Green ProductsMany janitorial cleaning service companies in the San Francisco Bay Area are using certified green cleaning products o clean buildings. By switching, these companies have achieved cost savings, especially from worker's compensation claims. Their employees appreciate the reduced hazards, and customers report cleaning quality continues to meet their high standards.
National Consensus-Based StandardA national, multi-agency work group of purchasers from local, county and state agencies that pioneered “green” cleaning products sought to identify common environmental criteria for what defines an environmentally preferable cleaning product.
Following a year of study, the work group, organized by a non-profit organization, the Center for a New American Dream, agreed that Green Seal’s Institutional and Industrial Cleaning Standard, GS-37, was an acceptable standard meeting each of their needs.
Their specifications and approved cleaning products are available from the Center for a New American Dream's website, www.newdream.org/clean.
This national consensus-based criterion also adds more cleaning product categories to its criteria than Green Seal's standard.
Green Seal's GS-37 covers four product categories: bathroom cleaners, glass cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, and carpet cleaners.
The National Consensus-Based Standard now includes 15 product categories.
StopWaste.Org offers technical assistance for applicable recycled content and environmentally preferable product purchasing. Check out "Environmentally Preferable Purchasing” at the Agency's website (www.swmcb.org/EPPG/default.asp
If you have questions about the environmental attributes of a product, contact the buyer or contract manager as listed on the face of the contract, or check with an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Task Force representative. www.ciwmb.ca.gov/epp/Contacts.htm
Contact information for individuals who serve as points of contact for environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) issues for the State of California: www.green.ca.gov/EPP/
California Department of General Services
California State Law Requires Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)California law requires State government to practice Environmentally Preferable Purchasing. See Public Contract Code, sections 12400-12404 for more information.
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The EPP Best Practices Manual is available to assist in finding and selecting environmentally preferable products.
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